Google Gone

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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.

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60 thoughts on “Google Gone

  1. Denise G

    I bought Fathead on DVD, and one of the things I like best about it, is knowing it was sitting in your closet on the farm!

    They’re on shelves in my home office, but they did travel from the farm.

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  2. Denise G

    I bought Fathead on DVD, and one of the things I like best about it, is knowing it was sitting in your closet on the farm!

    They’re on shelves in my home office, but they did travel from the farm.

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  3. Cheese Is Not Murder

    I always enjoyed the irony of you having Pharma pay to get the truth out. Still, I ordered a t-shirt because I want to help get the message out… not because I know a few vegans it will peeve. OK, maybe that too!

    I appreciate the support. I’d rather all the income result from selling products I endorse … and of course I endorse my wife’s design on the t-shirts.

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  4. Cheese Is Not Murder

    I always enjoyed the irony of you having Pharma pay to get the truth out. Still, I ordered a t-shirt because I want to help get the message out… not because I know a few vegans it will peeve. OK, maybe that too!

    I appreciate the support. I’d rather all the income result from selling products I endorse … and of course I endorse my wife’s design on the t-shirts.

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  5. Brandon

    What is an example of a low carb junk food?

    Low-carb cookies made with soy flour and frankfats, low-carb dipping chips made primarily of gluten, low-carb anything full of artificial sweeteners, etc.

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  6. Brandon

    What is an example of a low carb junk food?

    Low-carb cookies made with soy flour and frankfats, low-carb dipping chips made primarily of gluten, low-carb anything full of artificial sweeteners, etc.

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  7. Deedle

    I feel silly referencing this website, but the system for ads they have is kind of neat. I have AdBlock because I find flashing/moving junk on my screen extremely distracting to the point of closing whole websites. However, AdBlock does not block the site-generated banner ads at the SomethingAwful forums. Users buy ads to promote other threads of interest, games they have developed, and products they’re selling. Since I read that forum, I’m naturally interested in those things.

    I don’t know how the programming works to get around AdBlock, but I actually enjoy seeing those ads. What if you sold tiny ads to other members of the paleo/primal/low-carb community to get the word out about their blogs/tumblrs/videos/etc? Obviously if I’m reading this site, I’m hungry for more information and wouldn’t at all mind seeing an ad for such things. I know you have a blogroll, but an ad for a new in-depth video, or a great new recipe site would be interesting to see and I bet a lot of people would want to click on it. This may be more work than it’s worth, but it’s just an idea 🙂

    I’d consider ads for products I believe in, but the only inquiries I’ve had from advertisers were for products I don’t use and wouldn’t endorse.

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  8. Deedle

    I feel silly referencing this website, but the system for ads they have is kind of neat. I have AdBlock because I find flashing/moving junk on my screen extremely distracting to the point of closing whole websites. However, AdBlock does not block the site-generated banner ads at the SomethingAwful forums. Users buy ads to promote other threads of interest, games they have developed, and products they’re selling. Since I read that forum, I’m naturally interested in those things.

    I don’t know how the programming works to get around AdBlock, but I actually enjoy seeing those ads. What if you sold tiny ads to other members of the paleo/primal/low-carb community to get the word out about their blogs/tumblrs/videos/etc? Obviously if I’m reading this site, I’m hungry for more information and wouldn’t at all mind seeing an ad for such things. I know you have a blogroll, but an ad for a new in-depth video, or a great new recipe site would be interesting to see and I bet a lot of people would want to click on it. This may be more work than it’s worth, but it’s just an idea 🙂

    I’d consider ads for products I believe in, but the only inquiries I’ve had from advertisers were for products I don’t use and wouldn’t endorse.

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