We sometimes get questions or complaints about the ads on our website. First, the ads support VegSource. Without ad revenues, there would be no vegsource, or else we might have to begin charging guests to visit our site (which we will never do).
I saw an ad which seems very out of place for a vegetarian website!
Please understand that our ads are served by third party ad companies. We have blocks on businesses which primarily sell meat and dairy, since we are a vegetarian site. We also have blocks on adult products, tobacco, and alcohol. Sometimes ads for categories we have blocked come through anyway.
Some ads served by Google and Contextweb use an adsense technology which serves ads based on the content of a webpage. If an article or discussion post is about how harmful meat or fur is, the adsense technology will see the word "meat" or "fur," and may then serve you an ad for a product which has those words as keyword. The result is, when reading an article about why we believe a Swine Flu vaccine may not be a good idea, an ad for vaccines may come up!
It is nearly impossible for us to control this, and we certainly don't want to limit our guests to what they can talk about in order to prevent it. We could spend a lot of time trying to address this problem each day, but VegSource isn't what we do for a living, it's what we do to help the world, and we only have so much time available to put into the site.
Also, sometimes a large company selling many different kinds of products may feature meat or dairy in their ad, even though that is a tiny part of their business. While we do block ads from, say, the Cattlemen's Association, we do not block ads from Whole Foods, Safeway or Walmart, even though one of their ads could feature a meat product.
I disagree with the religious or political ads I saw on VegSource!
We do NOT have blocks on ads for topics like politics or religious views. We sometimes get complaints from people assuming that we endorse a particular religious or political view because they see an ad for some candidate or religious view, and assume we have chosen to accept that ad. That is not true. We allow ads because we need to support the site, period. If you see an ad for something concerning politics or religion (or anything else) that you may disagree with, the solution is -- don't click on that ad! :-)
Recently one of the ad networks we use began running ads from Walmart, some of which featured a steak. Another big ad buy showed up on the site promoting Outback Steaks. While we obviously are a site about NOT eating meat, we do appreciate the irony that meat-based businesses are spending ad money to support a vegetarian website.
Obviously people on VegSource are here to learn about the problems associated with consuming animal products, and why you are best off avoiding them. If a company selling meat wants to help keep our website and message afloat, that's not such a terrible thing! :-)
The atheists complain about the religious ads, the religious people complain about an ad that isn't their particular brand, the political people complain about the ads that are from the other party. Someone else is mad that a vaccine ad appears on a page providing info about the dangers of vaccines... Everyone can find something to complain about, and we could spend a lot of time trying to tune, re-tune and fine-tune ads. But that would be time taken out of the limited time we can contribute to the site. We prefer to spend our time bringing great content to you.