Today, I took down the Google and Blogads code. I did this for several reasons, and I’ll just list a few here:
- products / advertisers I abhor
- contractually cannot make fun of them
- not going to get rich from them
I will continue to carry Dr. Drury’s ad as long as he continues to want it up, and I’m not against hosting other ads, but I won’t be hosting ads I have little say in.
The impetus to make this change was a joking post I put up yesterday that the plaintiff atty ads in the Google sidebar first made me mad, then I realized they should make me rich, and half-jokingly encouraged readers to click on them. That was wrong of me (but no harm, no foul: the ads had rotated off the plaintiff group by the time that post went up). A reader pointed out that was against the Google TOS, and since it was, I had a choice to make. Now I’ve made it.