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How To: Block Ads On Your Website

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Recently, we published an article about online advertising and posed the question of whether it is annoying or useful?  Despite how you may feel about online ads, one thing is clear, website owners who display ads through ad networks such as Google AdSense need to be aware of the types of ads your visitors will see when they visit your site.  While Google does screen advertisements that will be displayed throughout its ad network sometimes there are ads which you will not want to be shown on your site.  Not every ad allowed by Google is ideal for every site that uses its network.

And quite honestly, that’s fine.  Google has acknowledged that fact and allows AdSense publishers to control the types of ads that display on their sites.  You can block entire categories of ads.  For example, if you run a tech site you may not want health and beauty ads to appear so you can block that using Google’s control panel.  However, what if the ad you want to block is within the category of ads you want shown?  Fear not.  Google thought of that too.

If you use Google’s Competitive Ad filter (found in the AdSense control panel), you can easily block specific URL’s of websites whose ads you don’t want to appear on your site.  While this is great if you advertise a particular product and don’t want a competitors ad to show up, this is also great for people who care about the types of ads shown on their site.  Let me explain.

BestTechie has developed a presence in the malware fighting community over the years and we block any ads which may promote a piece of spyware or “rouge” software.  We do this to protect visitors and also to protect our reputation.  If you promote something you don’t recommend then you look like a hypocrite and you lose a lot of respect.  Plus, if someone associates downloading spyware or malware from your site they won’t come back and may even complain about it on another site which harms you and your site.

In order to help combat those types of ads from appearing on BestTechie we use Google’s competitive ad filter.  This list is constantly growing, when I see a new ad which I don’t like I add it to the list, but here it is in its current state (feel free to use it on your own sites).  I should also note if you use a firewall you can add this list of URL’s into the auto-block list to ensure they never load at any website.

2squared.com
adlsoft.net
adwarealert.com
adwarebot.com
adwarepro.org
adwareremoval.rnhlive.com
allanti-spyware.com
anti-malware-pro.org
anti-spy-ware.info
antispyware.com
antivirus-pro.org
antivirusforfree.info/spyware
capwiz.com
cnjug.com
cyberdefender.com
download-anti-virus.info
elwinchin.com/spyware/Download-Now
enigmasoftware.com
errorkiller.com
errorsmart.com
evidenceeraser.com
free--spyware-removal.com
freescan.allsitereviews.com
geniusbusinessideas.com/index.php
hopurl.com/43061
macrovirus.com
malwarebot.com
malwarepro.org
malwareremovalbot.com
pcperformer.com
raygc.com/Free_Scan
reg-clean.org
regclean.com
registrybot.com
registrysmart.com
regsweep.com
reimage.com
restore-pc.com
skyad.net
spyware-sweeper.com
spywarebot.aff2u.info
spywarebot.com
spywareremover.com
spywarestop.101-e.com
spywarestops.net
spywareterminator.com
two4ew.com
uniblue.com
uwan2.com/Download-Now
uzupa.com/Download-Now
viralurl.com/Millionaire/spywarebot
www-spybotcom.com
www-spywarebot.org
www.anti-spywares.net/download
www.antispywarebot.com
www.coolonlinebusiness.com
www.coolonlinebusiness.com/spyware
www.free-spyware-downloads.com
www.latestbuzzonthenet.info
www.myspywarebot.com
www.pc-spyware-remover.com
www.removal-instructions.com
www.secrettorich.com
www.skitodayplease-removal.com
www.spybot-sd-info.com
www.spyware-removal-tools.info/spywarestop
www.spyware-remover-reviews.net
www.spywarebot.com
www.spywarepro.org
www.spywarevanish.com/ClickHere4.html
www.tuneup.de/uninstall_manager
www.your-antivirus.org

— Jeff Weisbein

Jeff is the founder & CEO of BestTechie. He has over 10 years of experience working with technology and building businesses. He loves to travel and listen to music.