Thursday, 9 January 2014

How to Avoid Offending your Blog Readers - Google AdSense Mini-tutorial

How to Block Ad Categories in Google AdSense

In the past week or so, as I've been browsing blogs, I've been encountering this one particular Google ad for an adult-only computer game, with barely-clad boobs front and centre, and a CGI woman undressing.  I hate it, and have no interest whatsoever in anything remotely related to such a game.  Have I been browsing questionable sites?  No.  I've been finding this ad on sweet, innocuous sewing or homemaking blogs.  The lovely women behind these blogs probably have no idea this ad is even showing up.  And would probably be quite offended themselves if their kids happened to see that ad.

All this made me pop over to double-check my own google ads settings.  Whew!  I'm ok, on that count.  Any category that I would find offensive, I've blocked.  So today, I'd like to offer a quick tutorial on

How to Block Ad Categories in Google AdSense
Step 1: Go to your AdSense Dashboard.  From Blogger's dashboard, this is as simple as clicking on "Earnings", then clicking on "View Dashboard"
Step 2: From the row of links along the top, click on "Allow & block ads."
Step 3: The first tab is "Advertiser URLs". Use this if you know specific urls you'd like to block.  In my case, I had no idea, so I moved to the second and third tabs.  I recommend beginning with the third tab, "Sensitive categories."  You may find some more offensive than others.  I blocked all of them.  Next, go to the second tab, "General categories."  Here, you can pick and choose which categories and sub-categories you'd like to block.  Since it only lets you block a total of 50 categories, you will need to be selective.  Overall, I'm happy with what I was able to block.
Now, about offending your readers with your post content...well, I figure if they don't like my posts, they won't be back anyway.  So post away, and like-minded readers will find you (if your ads don't scare them away).

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