Google Being Strange

I’m using Google AdWords as one of the ways to advertise Tamao, and Google AdSense as one of the ways to make money off it. The ads displayed on AdSense sites are the ones paid for by AdWords customers. They are targeted by Google’s clever metrics to appear on sites where the readers might be interested in them.

It is undoubtedly true that people reading Tamao might be interested in Tamao. However, they already know about it. After all, they’re reading it. Thus, the fact that I just saw my advert for Tamao on the Tamao main page is, well, puzzling. Yes, the algorithms for determining relevance are doing a good job. No, the “don’t display an ad on the page it points to” blindingly-obvious algorithm is not working.

I guess that, for some reason, it could be very difficult for Google to exclude the advertised page from ad displays. But I really can’t see why. Very odd. And it would cost me Google’s cut if anyone clicked on the ad.

Part Four Completed

I’ve just finished part four, which takes us more than half way through the plotted-out story. Since the first four parts come to just under 125,000 words, I suspect that, when it comes time to produce a printed version, I’ll split the work somewhere around here, either at the end of part four or at the middle. But I won’t be doing that until it’s appeared online, so there’s a few weeks at least before that happens.