I recently asked you to tell me what ads you see on my blog. My question was, does WordPress randomly assign ads, some of which might embarrass me to death…. or does each person see ads that reflect his/her browsing history?
Well, you can un-bate your breath now… I’m about to divulge the results of that informal poll, answering the question for each ad: User or Random?
Kayak Travel: 3+ sightings. Frequent and/or world travelers. Clearly user-oriented.
Restaurants: 2 people reporting multiple sightings. Everyone loves to eat, so that’s neutral.
Clothing catalog site: 1 sighting, by a customer of that site. User!
Quilting ads: multiple sightings by my Quiltapalooza friend. User!
Used vehicle dealer: 1 sighting. My guess is Random.
“Pam” cooking spray: 1 sighting. Unless the reader had been searching online to find out whether he could get a buzz from inhaling the spray, I’m calling this one Random.
Score: 5+ user-oriented ads, 2 probably random, 2 neutral so they don’t count.
There you have it: WordPress usually shows you ads based on your browsing history.
So, it’s not me… It’s YOU.
Oddly enough, though, when I logged out and opened this blog without signing in, here are the two ads I saw under a recent post:
Maybe the Randoms are catching up!
Thanks for reading,