I have never paid much attention to advertisements sponsored by Google. I’m on the Internet for much of the day almost every day, yet I’ve never bought a single thing through a site advertising on Google.
An advertisement I ran across today while doing some research on a congressional issue reminded me of why that’s the case. I was searching for information about U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, and on the page where I conducted the search was a Google Adsense blurb, reading,
Ads by Google
www.NexTag.com Best Value on Luetkemeyer. Find NexTag Sellers’ Lowest Price!
As much as I would like to make the easy joke that Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is for sale, I know that he isn’t – at least not on a site that advertises through Google. Instead, a company called NexTag appears to be using a program to automatically create advertisements that promise to sell anything that anybody searches for at the “best value”. It’s a pretty good guess that NexTag doesn’t actually have the best value on anything it sells, and can’t be trusted to do anything but make false promises.
That Google has created a system that enables such worthless advertisements to populate the Internet is a negative reflection on the trustworthiness its corporate culture as well. I disregard advertising through Google because I see plentiful signs that Google’s advertising system is chock full of fraud and fluffery.