Google Ads getting nastier?

February 1st, 2006

I thought that ads with sexual content would not be displayed through Ad-Sense. But this morning I was quite rudely surprised to see a blatent sex ad on my personal blog. It was from sex_by_state or something of that nature. If Google is going to allow sexual content in their ads, I might need to make some changes to prevent that.

I wonder if this was a mistake or if Google has changed some policies. Was I mistaken in assuming that AdSense does not allow sexual content or did I miss something completely??




  1. CT (4 comments.) says:

    Interesting… I haven’t seen any such on my site. And I thought Google made it a point to steer away from that sort of content. If I had to guess, it was one that got by the goalie temporarily.

    Even if Google has decided to go down that road, I’d guess it would be strictly an opt-in thing.

  2. Cody (1 comments.) says:

    If was text ads, it might of been a minor slip-up on google’s part. But I admit, some of the image ads are rather provactive, especially for the dating sites.

  3. Teli (4 comments.) says:

    Are you sure it wasn’t that nasty worm that was going around a while back? Or did other site visitors notice this ad as well?

  4. Simon (10 comments.) says:

    I have yet to see any, could just have been a freak even before google caught and removed it?

  5. BigDan_in_TX says:

    May have your “Safe Search” turned off. This may fix your issues. :-]

  6. adam (39 comments.) says:

    if it’s text only ads, i really don’t understand the question. if the text isn’t profane or obscene, then i don’t see the issue. unless i get to object to having ultra-right-wing christians advertising on my blog.

    also, you can block specific companies from your adsense through the control panel.

  7. Sofia (1 comments.) says:

    You’ve always been able to BUY ad-space on google adwords, as an adult webmaster – the only thing you haven’t been able to do is to sell google ad-space on your site.

    Google are quite happy to recieve money from adult webmasters but less than accommodating in paying them.

  8. Home Office Blues (1 comments.) says:

    I have gotten some racy link ads on my site from Google. My site has a forum with a group for humor. One of the jokes was about the sitting president. It was a very tame joke but the first Link Ad on that page was “F*** George Bush”. Except it used the real letters instead of the “***”.

    You can’t exclude companies from link ads, so I sent an email to Google about the problem. Their “solution” was to disable all Link Ads in that section of the forum so that you always get the “View Ads about…”

    I didn’t think that was a great solution. Who wants to see the “F” word on their site? I don’t understand why the ad was accepted in the first place and why Google’s solution was to remove all link ads from that part of my site rather than just the offending one.

  9. yuga (1 comments.) says:

    I actualyl have a similar experience a few months back. I took a screenshot here.

  10. PJ (1 comments.) says:

    I think in the near future we will discover the religious/political slant of the Yahoo/Google ad programs, and you’ll see some user polarization. They may want everyone’s business, but when you are screening/filtering content, eventually you need to take a stand on some issues. I think Yahoo’s stance right now is to block any site that has anything to do with religion, but how long will that last?

    Thanks to one particular site (I won’t mention) I was blessed with a disturbing ad on Christmas–my religion was noted in my user profile for the site, because of this affront I no longer use that site.

  11. Margaret Wills says:

    This is alarming! Was Google aware of your issue on that blatant sex stuff Mark?

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