Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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A week ago I applied for a Google AdSense account, so I could add ads to my personal website. Several others I know do it, so thought I'd give it a try.
I've spent the best part of today trying to figure out to use the service how I want it to be used. I've come to the unfortunate conclusion that it is total pointless service for anything I, or anyone else in my position, could ever use it productively for.
Sure enough there is an ad filter tool. However, it falls considerably short of anything I could ever use for filtering ads from my site. The tool itself is called the Competitive Ad Filter and allows you to enter URLs that you don'twant on your site. Sounds good, but totally useless for what I need.
The very basic, simple filter that I would have expected was the ability to filter words in the content that you don't want to feature in any ad that appears on your site. To me it's an obvious filter to ensure that ads are being served that are tuned to the site. With the current set up having all the ads feature several different ways to buy a 'Barbie' is not the kind of ads that I want to see on my site.