I am involved in a small charity, "the Haiti Tree Project". We try to raise money to send to a couple of villages in Haiti so that they can plant trees and create a sustainable tree-based agriculture that helps reforest the country (we've planted over 10,000 so far). As with most small charities, raising money is always the issue and so I thought I'd give google adsense a go. For the uninitiated, google adsense is a program that will automatically insert ads into your blog. You get paid when someone clicks on the ads.
I thought that this might be an easy way to make a few hundred dollars for the charity. But, as my colleague Craig is fond of saying; "there are always tradeoffs". I soon found that the ads that my blog was getting were either for gold investing or for MBA programs (not the one I teach in). I didn't feel very comfortable with either of these ads and so I've stopped adsense. I think I made $4.51 - which will plant a couple of trees!
Anyway, if you've been wondering where the gold ads have been coming from, rest assured that they won't be back.