[FIXED 2019-02-09] Google Ads on BLF Larger than Ever?

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[FIXED 2019-02-09] Google Ads on BLF Larger than Ever?

sb56637 edit: Please see this post for an update: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1458293#comment-1458293


 

 

The size of Google Ads on BLF is new to me:

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Edited by: sb56637 on 02/09/2019 - 11:34
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May be related: some days ago I noticed that adblock on my phone stopped working on BLF… (on PC I use request policy, do I don’t have the issue).

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Hmmm, that’s weird. I haven’t changed anything in the Google Adsense configuration for a while now. But maybe Google did. Technically, the Google ads come directly from Google’s servers, using their own code that gets loaded separately, so they could technically make a change that would make an ad blocker no longer recognize their ads. But the size shouldn’t change. For what it’s worth, this is what I’m seeing. (For some reason, it’s repeated, and in the wrong language, and not at all relevant):

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sb56637 wrote:

the size shouldn’t change.

inconceivable

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Totally inconceivable, google adds are now larger than your signature.

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No ads here. not even racoon or kershaw pics… all trash filtered Smile

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Tally-ho wrote:

Totally inconceivable, google adds are now larger than your signature.

"If there's anything larger than my signature around, I want it caught and shot now."

There, I ruined another Douglas Adams joke.  :THUMBS-UP:

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Not seeing any ads here. Smile

The only thing I’m seeing is your giant signature, raccoon city. Smile

EDIT: Nevermind, I fixed it. Smile

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Pete7874 wrote:
EDIT: Nevermind, I fixed it. :)
Thank you so much. Never realized I could censor filter out such grandiose dribble. Thumbs Up
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Pete7874 wrote:
…EDIT: Nevermind, I fixed it. Smile

Thanks for the idea… Thumbs Up
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Bonham wrote:
Pete7874 wrote:
…EDIT: Nevermind, I fixed it. Smile
Thanks for the idea… Thumbs Up

Same here.

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raccoon city wrote:

Tally-ho wrote:

Totally inconceivable, google adds are now larger than your signature.


“If there’s anything larger than my signature around, I want it caught and shot now.”


There, I ruined another Douglas Adams joke.  :THUMBS-UP:


I think you shot your pinky. Big Smile
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Google's really getting their money's worth...

Look at all this text:

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@raccoon city: That is a bit excessive… First time I’ve seen that. I wouldn’t use that ad banner size if I knew it could inflate that much, but the problem is that everyone gets different ads based on their interests, so it’s hard to know what others are seeing.

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The good thing about Google Ads is that it's frequently something different.

They rarely advertise anything I'm interested in, but I'm glad they sponsor the site.  :THUMBS-UP:

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Google seems to be very good at throwing ads at me for stuff I have already bought.

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atbglenn wrote:
Bonham wrote:
Pete7874 wrote:
…EDIT: Nevermind, I fixed it. Smile
Thanks for the idea… Thumbs Up

Same here.


Good idea. The white space didn’t collapse, but at least there’s nothing annoying now.
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Here's an ad I actually like, though it kinda looks like false advertising:

bikini_hostel

I mean, where are the bikinis?  :FACEPALM:

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MtnDon wrote:
Google seems to be very good at throwing ads at me for stuff I have already bought.

Nothing beats Amazon, though. You could buy a sausage-stuffing machine, and then be inundated with ads or whatever listing the 47 other types of sausage-stuffing machines they carry.

What?, like having one is never enough?

But yeah, Goggle’s ads are pretty much rehashes of what I may’ve looked at at GB or wherever. They probably grab any’n‘all browser history or just plain track you like one of those cows with one of those RFID thingies stapled to their ears.

Kinda creepy.

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Lightbringer wrote:
track you like one of those cows with one of those RFID thingies stapled to their ears.

Ha! Facepalm

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Lightbringer wrote:
MtnDon wrote:
Google seems to be very good at throwing ads at me for stuff I have already bought.

Nothing beats Amazon, though. You could buy a sausage-stuffing machine, and then be inundated with ads or whatever listing the 47 other types of sausage-stuffing machines they carry.

What?, like having one is never enough?

But yeah, Goggle’s ads are pretty much rehashes of what I may’ve looked at at GB or wherever. They probably grab any’n‘all browser history or just plain track you like one of those cows with one of those RFID thingies stapled to their ears.

Kinda creepy.

Ha, same here. I buy a thermometer and suddenly I’m being shown ads for 100 other thermometers. Amazon’s AI isn’t going to be overthrowing humanity anytime soon. Big Smile

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Update: 2019-02-09

Hi everyone, I think I just found a way to avoid these annoyances with the Google Ads. Here’s a brief explanation:

The Google Ads settings allow me to choose between showing just text ads or showing image ads, and I’ve always strictly stuck to only text ads so as to avoid risqué images and flashing, blinking, bouncy annoyances for our users. But what I didn’t know is that even with “text” ads, they apparently added during recent years some “enhancements”, which include images and flashing annoyances. I don’t understand how they get away with still calling that a “text” advertisement, but it is what it is. There’s even an option to allow ads to expand beyond their normal size, which is apparently what Raccoon was seeing in the OP. Of course they added these “enhancements” and enabled them by default in a very obscure part of the settings panel. Facepalm But the good news is that I believe I just now disabled all the “enhancements” so that it will now show strictly text ads, as I always intended. Please let me know if anything changes for you now (it might take an hour or so for the new settings to take effect).

Thanks again to everyone who reported this, and my apologies for the unintended annoyances up until now! Tired

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