An apology from Gert, and a delicate question

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Gert usually comes into the ramshackle shelter that is this blog by the back door, so she doesn’t see the ads that you see when you come in by the front door. But the other day she did come in by the front door and was horrified to see what you can only call a rash of ads for treatment for toenail fungus. Gert will swear by her favourite bottle of wine that she never ever believed or promoted the idea that her blog mates have toenail fungus. Dementia, obesity, narcolepsy, and all kinds of addictions – possibly. But toenail fungus, never.

But then she wondered why the spirits of WordPress seem to think you need this advice. Can it be that the all-knowing Google has been tracking your searches? To put it as delicately as Gert can, are you really troubled by ungular discomfort?

Of course you don’t have to out yourself in the Comments section. And we really can’t endorse any of the ads. But you may wish to google “Therapeutic snail baths” and “1000 uses for chocolate eclairs” for some good old-fashioned remedies. (Also helpful if you’re troubled by itchy elbows or an overheated nose.)

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37913760@N03/4967490503

25 thoughts on “An apology from Gert, and a delicate question

  1. No sure if you can tell then to cease and desist all ads tacky or otherwise. They do give the impression that you benefit from thme ( Not a problem if you do but unlikely) !

  2. Interesting, Gert. All sorts of ads show up on your posts, and they change regularly. The one accompanying this post, today, in my inbox is for a walk-in bathtub. https://walk-inbathtubshop.com/?aid2=7141&cid2=41556652&utm_campaign=7141&oid2=992&s1=PowerinBox

    I’ve noticed on my FaceBook page that if my husband (who hasn’t had a FB account for several years) is searching for something on the Internet (fancy thermoses are a favorite) ads for that thing show up on my FaceBook page. So the trick may be to put in at least one search a day (that apparently will benefit us all) for something like the best new accessories for yachts in 2020.

      1. It’s really not clear what the algorithm is — I just looked back at the previous several dozen or so posts, and besides the walkin bathtub, there are several for hearing aids of various sorts, and one for a music service; an ad for a tech prophet, “sneaky (but legal) tax tricks” (for USA taxpayers, not Aussie taxpayers), an ad for investment advice, something called “Google’s Peace Advice (broken link), a Wikipedia link about Brooklyn, etc. So it doesn’t seem to be targeting you (except maybe the toes; can’t tell about the toes), but your specific readers (and not particularly well). I’d be interested to know what ads your other other readers are seeing . . . .

        1. That’s interesting. Sometimes it may link to the content of the posts, eg we did have one about tax a while ago, but don’t know why hearing aids or walk-in bathtubs …
          Annoying, whatever it is. I thought it might be a hassle to change to another plan and we might lose some content, but it looks as if we can easily upgrade to one without ads.

      2. They don’t seem to show up if you access blog posts via the WordPress Reader (my preferred method for reading the blogs I follow). Then again, I don’t know how many people read via these different methods: email, WP Reader or click through to the blog itself…

  3. I think the ads will be linked to us each individually and based upon data mining that happens on the internet – our age gender search history etc determines what we get thrown at us. Have you been looking up medical sites again?

  4. I think the ads will be linked to us each individually and based upon data mining that happens on the internet – our age gender search history etc determines what we get thrown at us. Have you been looking up medical sites again?

  5. I’m not sure the adds have anything to do with our data. They’re the only people they can get advertising dollars from. So don’t worry Gert, my toe nails are doing fine. I have been wondering about that walk-in tub. Sounds rather neat but would it leak?
    Leslie

            1. Yes, and the summer hasn’t really got going yet. And the usual political fools are saying it’s nothing to do with climate change and those lefty greenies should stop trying to turn it into a political issue.

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