I finally dumped our Google reserved spots after readers alerted me that ads for lap-band surgery were appearing in one of them.
That’s the problem with Google’s ad-placement software: if I write about the horrors of bariatric surgery, we get ads for bariatric surgery showing up. If I write about the damage caused by high-fructose corn syrup, those annoying “Sweet Surprise” ads show up. If I write a post explaining why the hypothesis that high cholesterol causes heart disease is bogus, the Google spots will display ads for Foods That Lower Your Cholesterol!
I kept hoping someone or some piece of intelligent software at Google would recognize that I often write about products and services I urge people to avoid and adjust the ads accordingly. Apparently that will never happen.
I’ve turned down advertisers who wanted to buy space to promote products I don’t buy and wouldn’t recommend — low-carb junk foods and suchlike — so if Google is going to keep placing ads for products and services I would never intentionally promote, it’s time to live without their monthly checks.
The items I do actively promote here — DVDs and the tee-shirt we produced ourselves — are selling quite briskly, so thank you all very much for the ongoing support. Every time we sit down to fill a slew of new orders, we feel blessed.