My Google AdSense seems to be infested with Scientology ads. I am not sure why but I can't get Google to remove them from my site. It's not a random ad, either. It seems like every single time an ad comes to my site from Google, it is Scientology.
I am not necessarily anti-Scientology. I don't mind the odd ad from a religion/cult/whatever group. Just like The Nation and Air America let Fox News advertise on their property, I am open to this. My site is an Apple site and Microsoft advertises often. I don't care, nether do my readers. If a group thinks my site is a good place to advertise, go for it.
It appears that Scientology is in the midst of a big advertising campaign. They appear to want to advertise to my readers very much.
But this is outrageous. Scientology is every ad block 24 hours/day for over a week now. My readers have rightfully started complaining and I'd really like Google to stop. If they are paying Google an exorbitant amount to advertise, I am not seeing any difference in my CPM rates. So, I've tried just about everything in my power to get them removed.
Google being Google, they haven't made removing specific ads very easy. I've done the requisite posting on AdSense forums with strangely no answer. I've also researched competitive ad filters and put every Scientology URL in the filter. To no avail. The Scientology ads keep coming.
My other AdSense forum postings have been answered pretty quickly so I wonder why the Scientology removal is going unanswered for weeks. Other people have asked the same questions and are finding their responses unanswered by moderators. There is even an online petition to stop the ads.
I've also tried to call someone at Google. If you have ever tried this, you know that is a joke. I can't even get past reception. Way to serve the 99% of your revenue base!?!?
I don't want to get into conspiracy theories but Google also removed the Anonymous AdSense account. Anonymous was the group that was exposing some internal Scientology stuff (I don't follow this stuff too closely). Google also killed a Youtube account of an anti-Scientology crusader who was about to publish an expose on Scientology. They also removed Xenu.net, another anti-Scientology website's links.
I don't think Google is doing the work of Scientologists. I just think they are getting a lot of cash from them and don't want to deal with their litigation tactics.
But, you'd think that Google would be more friendly with their publishing partners. I may only serve up 3 million pageviews a month but they are practically begging/forcing me to go to one of their competitors.
And honestly, I don't care if there is an odd Scientology ad on my site. But this is ridiculous. What am I supposed to do?