August 19th, 2008
Matt Cannon sent this one over to me yesterday afternoon. He saw Google showing this lovely ad for MediaMan on mashable.com at about 1pm EST. MediaMan has been identified a long time ago as a malvertisement so it’s a surprise to see them popping up on the Adsense network. Details are below. Now I’m not posting this to shame Google (I’m sure their content team has already pulled this ad) — I’m posting this more as a call to action. It’s time that we start grouping together as an industry to help stop this. More thoughts coming on that shortly.
Screengrab of ad on Mashable:
Source of the ad (warning I would not open this if I were you):
Screengrab of the ad:
And for the first time in a while (probably because I’m in Moscow!) I actually got the actual trigger, and got this nice popup:
and was redirected to this lovely landing page:
- Mashable/Google/Malvertising Follow-Up
- Quality Matters!
- Welcome to Q2, goodbye ad revenue?
- The Ad-Exchange Model (Part II)
- Online Advertising is too Stupid