Big Brother Google Opts For Interest-Based Advertising

I am really interested in how many people have received an email from Google introducing the launch of their 'interest-based advertising'? According to Google; Interest-based advertising will allow advertisers to show ads based on a user's previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. "sports enthusiast").  To develop interest categories, we will recognize the types of web pages users visit throughout the Google content network.  As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the "sports enthusiast" interest category.  To learn more about your associated account settings, please visit the AdSense Help Center at http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?topic=20310. This raises some privacy concerns as it seems that Google is taking another step towards the 'Big Brother Is Watching You' approach. I mean do we as users really want to be categorized depending on our surfing habits. Heck, 90% of the time I am inadvertently directed to porno sites, but does that mean that I will categorized as a pervert or a dirty old man? Then, once I am stuck into a category, does that mean that every time I visit a site, regardless of what that site is, I will be shown ads befitting my so-called depraved state? It seems that the only way around this is to install a plugin that will allow me to modify my 'interest' categories or to even opt out of the system. Damn, another bloody plugin, and then one has…

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Of Web Hosts And Blogger Friends.

I've found that the hardest thing about choosing a Host for my blogs is that unless you follow someones recommendation you don't really know how good any particular host is. Even when reading a review you sort of wonder as to how biased the author is. What is the motivation behind the post, is the author being honest or is he merely promoting another affiliate? Shit, he may not even use the host and the whole review is centered around the fact that it pays the best commission. This brings me to the crux of this post. I want to talk about LunarPages, and yes that is an affiliate link but I figure if this post encourages someone to join then at least I will get some credit for it. I originally moved to LunarPages  from my Australian host because they were more price competitive and they were also offering a free domain for life. I have had no problems at all with them until recently when they moved me from my normal server because my CPU usage went through the roof. WTF, was the first thing that popped into my head and I immediately started searching the net to find out what might be the cause. I happened to stumble across several comments left by others who were actually suspended by their hosts. It then came to me that LunarPages could have done the same thing to me and they would have every right to do so as my high CPU…

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Duplicate Content And Article Theft

I read a post today on duplicate content and Google's possible reaction to it and it got me to thinking.  I thought that the consequences of having duplicate content on your blog goes way beyond what Google thinks  and has everything to do with what your readers think about it. I'm not talking about those of you who have multiple blogs that duplicate their own articles. Heck, even I do that as it's added exposure and it is also interesting to see the reaction it gets on each blog. Having said that, I do try to add additional content, whether it's in the form of an introduction or just something new that came to me when transferring the post. I don't even have a problem with bloggers who copy and paste entire articles as their post, apart from the fact that I think they are going way beyond being what I consider to be a lazy blogger. What I do have a problem with is when they do not mention that the article is not their own thereby letting their readers assume that it is actually original content. This goes beyond plagiarism as it can only be considered content theft. I prefer to link to an article that I really like rather than taking the easy way out and just doing a copy and paste. The benefit to this is that it allows me to add my own thoughts to the  article I am linking to resulting in my own original content,…

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