Google AdSense Competitive Ad Filter Broken?

Update to the Update (most recent): Turns out that blocking Yield Manager did not stop the ads from appearing either. Eventually, I resorted to searching for other websites on the same topic and waiting for an equivalent ad to appear. When I finally found one on a website that I do not own or have any relationship with, I clicked on it to see where it went. I blocked THAT address which seems to have done the trick.

It is a shame that in its quest for secrecy that Google cannot provide webmasters with a usable way in which to find out who is displaying advertising on their websites. The so-called preview tool that they provide is laughable in both its functionality and the fact that one has to just get lucky in order to get the ad in question to appear in the tool at all.

Update: Although I didn’t get much of an answer to my question in the Google AdSense forums (big surprise), I did some more digging on my own and came up with a likely answer. When using Firebug Firefox plugin to view the source of the offending ad, I was able to see the whole source code for the JavaScript based ad that was being displayed. While I don’t know much about JavaScripting code, I did notice in all of the programming a domain name,

Again, I don’t know much about how JavaScript works, but I am going to assume that yield manager is actually having the ad placed and that when it displays, this bit of code goes out and actually ends up running an ad from the low cost per click paying folks.

On the one hand, that means that atdmt is not displaying ads on my site by paying some ridiculously low ad rate, because the ad actually comes from The problem isn’t so much whether or not the ad pays well, but rather that it is virtually NEVER clicked on. In fact, I got my first click on that tower ad in a long time, and it paid decent. But, if it’s only going to bet clicked once every week, then it isn’t worth it. So, for the time being, I have added to my competitive ad filter too.

Hopefully, this will return that tower ad to its previously profitable status and eliminate the wasted impressions generated by this overly generic, non-call to action, advertisement.

Like many other AdSense publishers, I long ago added to my competitive filter list in order to block their advertisements from appearing on my websites. However, on one of my websites, I’ve noticed that their ad appears repeatedly despite being in the list that is supposed to block them from showing up at all. In fact, on this particular website, one ad from ATDMT seems to appear almost exclusively in the sidebar tower ad.

It is not a matter of giving it time since ATDMT has been in the list for months. In fact, I was somewhat surprised when I went to add the domain name to the competitive ad filter list and found that it was already there. The full domain is supposed to be filtered and yet, an ad from shows again and again on different days, on different pages, and in different browsers.

This raises the question, is the AdSense Competitive Ad Filter working properly? Or, is Google using the list as a “suggestion” and continuing to display whatever ad it feels like? Or, are publishers not allowed to block at all?

I’ll be posting a question in the AdSense forums, which is the only form of help available to most content publishers when it comes to Google AdSense. A quick Google search revealed that if this sort of thing is a widespread problem that there don’t appear to be too many people aware of it, which leads me to believe, for the time being, that this is just a singular glitch on my website.

Ironically, the ad in question was brought to my attention not only by the sudden appearance of very low CPC rates on what traditionally provides relatively decent pay per click, but also by the fact that NoScript was suddenly showing in the status bar that it was blocking some JavaScript even though I have my domain whitelisted. Turns out that not only is showing up past my competitive ad filtering, but that it is also running an animated JavaScript ad as well.

Well, off to post my forum question.

Lightning Hub Challenge 30 Hubs in 30 Hours

lightning-hub-challenge-graphicIf it seems like we’ve been over this ground before, you are not wrong. My aborted attempt at writing 30 Hubpages Hubs in 30 Hours failed at just 15 Hubs in 30 Hours thanks to some very unexpected events. Nonetheless, it was a worthwhile overall experience.

However, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a nagging little voice gnawing at the back of my brain about not getting 30 Hubs published in those 30 hours. While no one has called my a failure, nor do I feel like I "failed" per se, it still seems like an uncompleted task, and an uncompleted public task at that.

Furthermore, I like the idea of showing the example of being able to complete a "lot" of writing in a short period of time. The number one reason so many people who want to become professional writers don’t is that they get an idea in their head about how long it takes to create quality writing. While it is true that polishing, editing, and researching a major publication, or even a high visibility piece of copywriting can take a very long time, when it comes to webpages, general articles, and just plain basic writing, there is no reason a simple project has to take on Herculean proportions.

Writing 30 Hubs in 30 Hours

So, on a whim, I decided this morning to re-attempt to publish 30 Hubs in 30 Hours. Of course, there is no guarantee that there won’t be more things that pop up, the truth is that 99% of the time, the ability to achieve the goal exists and what determines whether or not it gets accomplished has nothing to do with "events" and everything to do with determination.

The first Hub is already up, which means I’m already breaking one of my rules for how to publish 30 Hubs in 30 Hours which is to avoid distractions or side-projects. While distractions are a part of life for anyone with ADD-ADHD, this one was a conscience choice. I wanted to get a link up over to there for the readers of this site, so that those who are interested could follow along in real-time. I also wanted to sort of stake a claim to the term Lighting Hub Challenge for this little 30 by 30 endeavor, and I figured the best way to do that was by getting a post up so the spideys could scramble around on it.

Anyway, come check me out at HubPages where I’m writing under the name Hub Llama as a way help with branding, but at the same time keeping a separation between the more hobby-type writings currently up on HubPages and the more professional writings I have under the Arctic Llama banner.

I started at 10:00 am on Tuesday November, 3, so I’ve got until 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday.

Wish me luck.

(P.S. If you are bored graphic designer, or just someone with the graphics talent, whip me up a Lighting Hub Challenge award badge that I can use.)


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How To Delete SubDomain Permanent Redirect 301 .htaccess file

The HubPages experiment continues to be a success, though I haven’t seen any of the incoming links show up in Google WebMaster Tools yet. I’m sure that with the size and volume of HubPages, that it can take a while for the Google Spider to make its way around to indexing everything. The best thing to do is to point some more links at each Hub in order to get the indexing to happen faster. As an added bonus, that should also eventually drive more traffic and PageRank to those Hubs.

One of the reasons I like publishing writing on the HubPages is that it gives me a place to post some of my writings that are useful, informative, or otherwise quality writings, but that otherwise have no real home.

For example, yesterday I published a Hub about redirecting traffic via the .htaccess file on your webhosting account using something known as a 301 Redirect. A 301 Redirect tells both visitors and the search engine robots that the content has been permanently moved to a new location.

There are htaccess tutorials and example code all over the Internet. Unfortunately, most of them are specifically about how to move either a whole domain, or how to move a single page or directory. There isn’t too much out there about how to delete a subdomain with 301 redirect.

When I wanted to change from to that is exactly what I was looking to do. It turns out that it isn’t as simple as just getting the right htaccess code. There are a couple of other little tricks and gotchas you need to get right as well in order to make everything go smoothly.

When I finally got it right, I wrote up an article to help other writers with using .htaccess files to remove a subdomain. The only catch is that it doesn’t really fit in my usual publishing locations, so I wrote it up as a Hub and published it on HubPages. It is linked up above to get maximum SEO benefit, so go check it out. Then, do me a favor and add it to your delicious bookmarks, and any other social networking sites you use.

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Good News Bad News

The good news is that I have been very busy making money writing online.

The bad news is that I have been unable to dedicate enough time to my efforts here.

That will change this week. Stick around I’ve got loads of great stuff coming starting tomorrow.