Changing Your Personal Google Ad Settings

Last Update: June 13, 2022

So, this isn't related to your business or your website, but I thought it might be interesting.

When you go to a website that is partnering with Google AdSense, did you know that everybody will see something different in terms of the ads that are shown?

You may perhaps have expected the ads to relate to the niche subject of the website, but that's not the case.

Google looks at your personal ad settings in your Google account to decide what to show you.

And it can be quite surprising to see what is in your settings if you have never looked before!

Here is the link.

Underneath the basic information, as shown above, you will see a list of some of the websites you visit regularly, and the various categories that Google thinks you are interested in, based on your search history.

When I checked mine, there were categories I definitely am not interested in, but I assume I must have looked something up, once upon a time in the past.

For example, cricket and cycling, I really don't want to see any ads related to those subjects!

Thankfully you can turn these off, by clicking on the category.

Why not have a look at your settings and take control over what Google shows you?

Thanks for reading!

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FrankB-1 Premium Plus
Hi, Diane

Great post! 😊

I manually customized my Adsense. I didn't like the way it made of mess of my content, (especially on smartphone devices) with ads everywhere, even though I realize that it potentially meant more money for me.

I would bounce off a spammy site like that immediately unless the info was mission-critical and no one else seemed to be addressing the issue.

I manually added code to widgets in my sidebar and allowed the ad that slowly rises from the bottom of the desktop/tablet page or stays on the top of a smartphone page. I also look at the ads that Google selects and "disallowed" certain ones as not being pertinent to my guitar site, although I realize some of them can be quite lucrative.

Google seems to serve musical ads (mostly of the guitars, amps, and effects I look at on Amazon & Sweetwater Sound or write about) more often than not.

Zoopie Premium
In a nutshell.

AdSense in three steps
1. You make your ad spaces available
2. The highest paying ads appear on your site
3. You get paid

You make your ad spaces available by pasting ad code on your site, and choose where you want the ads to appear. Advertisers bid to show in your ad spaces in a real-time auction. The highest paying ads show on your site. Google handles the process of billing all advertisers and networks for the ads on your site, to make sure you receive your payments.
FrankB-1 Premium Plus
Stephen, we have a very similar AdSense workflow. 👍😊
RCanty Premium Plus
Thanks for the info, Diane! Definitely something to consider.

JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
🤔 Not a bad idea, Diane!
Brian248 Premium
Good afternoon Sir, hope all is well.🙏
JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Good morning, Brian, it is! I hope you are having a good day too!
DragomirVC1 Premium Plus
With a little effort we can see what really interests us!