Is it just us, or does it seem like online gambling ads are everywhere these days?
They’re annoying, to say the least. But you don’t have to just suck it up and deal with it.
Instead, you can take a little bit of initiative and stop how often they pop up for you.
Yes, it’ll take a little bit of legwork on your side. But trust us, the internet is a nicer place without irritating online gambling ads. After you do a little bit on your end, we guarantee you’ll have a little more breathing room away from online gambling ads.
1. Block offending advertisers on Google
Do you see online gambling ads on Google? Well, strictly speaking, you shouldn’t. That’s because they’re banned on Google’s search engine. But that’s not to say that some don’t slip through the net. If you do see a gambling ad on Google, you should block that advertiser.
2. Stop the spread by muting similar ads on Google
On Google, when you click Mute similar ads, it’s giving the platform the message that you’re not into that type of advertising. Then they can filter out ads using similar language, thus lowering your chances of seeing other gambling ads.
3. Tell Twitter you don’t like that ad
On ads on Twitter, you can select a “I don’t like this ad” button. That’ll stop you seeing similar ads.
4. Block gambling companies on Twitter
The fewer gambling companies you follow on Twitter, the less likely you are to be served up gambling related advertisements.
5. Change your Twitter interests
By going into Twitter and adjusting your interests, you should be able to tell the algorithm a bit more about what you do and don’t want to see. A good trick to avoiding online gambling ads on Twitter is to unselect any interests related to gambling and even sports.
6. Double-check your Facebook settings
Through your settings and privacy menu on Facebook, you’ve got the option to hide ads from certain advertisers and to choose to see less ads related to particular topics too.
7. X out of sponsored posts on Facebook
By simply hitting ‘x’ when you see sponsored posts from Gambling companies on Facebook, you’re giving the signal that you don’t like that content. Over time, the algorithm will get better at knowing what you don’t want, and what you do.
Cutting down on online ads because you think you have a gambling problem?
If you have a gambling problem, of course it helps not to see online gambling ads. But this is not the only thing you should be doing. Contact experts who can guide you towards getting help to stop gambling for good. In the UK, Gamble Aware do brilliant work. They have lots of online resources, as well as contact details for counselors and treatment centres.
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