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Lawyers Seize the Power of Contextual Ads

I meandered over to Digg’s terms of use, and my eye was drawn to the advertising banner at the top of the page. Usually I tune out Adsense ads, but these caught my eye.

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I’ve seen lawyer Adsense ads before, but it was funny to see them on Digg. Most of the ads a user encounters there are techie or video games or something that the Digg crowd would be interested in. But I guess only a lawyer would be interested in reading the terms of use!

I suppose contextual advertising has limits, though. The appropriate lawyers to advertise on this page would be contract attorneys not product liability and lemon lawyers. :)

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3 Responses to “Lawyers Seize the Power of Contextual Ads”

  1. Chris Johnston
    March 10th, 2007

    Very interesting. I wonder if that was intentional or a by product of an algorithm that determines ad placement.

  2. Andrew Flusche
    March 10th, 2007

    I imagine it was just the ad algorithm at work. However, AdSense does allow targeted ads. If these attorneys targeted the ToS page, I’m curious why. Is there a particular product liability issue I’m overlooking?

  3. Gale Mcgowan
    November 12th, 2008


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