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My system crash revealed the one piece left in the Google ads puzzle

For the most part I don’t find that Google ads are such a bad thing. They are relatively unobtrusive and they are generally based on such information as location and web history. Let’s leave alone the privacy implications of those two facts and look more at where I recently noticed that it falls short – although, I confess that this will lead to even more of a privacy nightmare for those who are a part of the tinfoil hat brigade.

It all begins with a sad story. You see, although I have purchased Windows 8, I have procrastinated about installing it and have stubbornly continued to run the Release Preview. Well, last night Microsoft reached out and touched my trusty laptop with an update that rendered the system unbootable. Despite several different approaches to fixing this I came up with no solution other than a re-install.

Don’t cry for me – everything is backed up with redundancy. This is more hassle than anything else.

A reinstall was the approach I took this morning, although it did provide me with the chance to finally move to the RTM. After finishing the setup I moved on to installing my usual apps like Chrome, Firefox, Office, 7-zip and a couple of others. The final step was my document backup which is stored on CrashPlan servers.

After visiting the CrashPlan site and initiating the restore I began browsing the web. What I found was that every site I visited that utilized Google Adsense was now displaying an ad for CrashPlan. Yes, they know my location and my browsing history, but what they don’t know, yet at least, is what services with which I already have an account.

That is the missing piece in this whole puzzle. Google earns nothing by displaying an ad that is rendered irrelevant because, already having the product or service, you have no reason to click.

So, how long before the search and advertising giant finds a way pull in this information as well? It’s certainly in their interest to display ads that make you want to click. It will happen at some point and it will certainly set off alarms with privacy advocates everywhere, but is it really such a bad thing to see something that is more relevant to you? That is the real question that needs to be debated here.

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GNC-2009-03-27 #463 Live from Colombus Ohio

Only took me three tries to get this one in the can. Very late midnight recording but we had a lot of fun. Plenty of people on ustream as well kept me company in the late night hours. Watch for the live streams this weekend from our retreat weekend.

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I keep my eye on articles that talk about Adsense optimization and everything I read in these articles essentially requires a complete website re-design and at this point I am not up to do that to squeeze some more money out of Google. Sure it’s nice to pay the server bill with the earnings but at what price to those that visit the site. Most of the regular readers are getting the commentary via RSS and most of the traffic is being driven in from other sources. So what do you think is a good trade off. [adsense.blogspot.com]

FeedBurner CEO playing up Ads in RSS Feeds are GREAT! (GAG)

First of all if you trust putting your eggs in one basket, and pushing your readers to pick up your RSS feeds over at FeedBurner, then you are asking for trouble. No one is going to track my readers, and we don’t track or analyze our RSS feed subscribers.

Those of you using FeedBurner, I suggest you look at your RSS feed every time you post something new, and see how long it takes before FeedBurner updates your feed. Test we have done here show it can take sometimes up to 24 hours for new post to show up, at least I know hosting my own that as soon as I hit enter it is updated.

Apparently the CEO of FeedBurner says that people are not un-subscribing from feeds that have Google Adsense ads in them. I am sure they are TRACKING your subscribers very CLOSELY. I talked to several people who have put RSS Ads in their feeds, and guess what, they lost subscribers no specific numbers. More importantly I have been told by at least 6 website owners that are running ads on their RSS feeds that subscribers are not clicking on the Ads! click through is as low as one or two on a 100,000 views.

I read a lot of RSS feeds, and I can tell you the way ads are placed now every other article is pissing me off to no end. If they would limit the Ad to one a day it would not be so bad, but reading the feed is distracting, and I have begun to skip a lot of sites that are doing this.

Case in point Engadget, this site has great content but their RSS ads in their feeds is beyond distracting I look at maybe the first 5 articles and move on at least Gizmodo is not jamming this stuff down my throat. I am finding myself at their website a lot more. [MarketingStudies]