I have a pornography site?

Yesterday I had a complaint about one of the adverts on my websites, it went like this:

There is an add of a naked womans rear on your site (www.cleanishappy.com toilet) that shows how to make stars wars characters from paper. I would love to send this link to my 11 year old son but can’t because of the pornography. The add is tasteless and inappropriately placed. Any child could do a search for star wars and come across that add. it should be removed.

I don’t advocate porn (well not publicly any how) but to me this advert is nothing of the sort, the nudity (if you can call it that) is also pretty darn relevant, so here it is:


I’d love to hear others opinions on this, everybody that I’ve shown the advert and email to has laughed and considering it’s been shown 1,429,644 times and received only 2 complaints I don’t think it’s upsetting too many people.

So far the advert has been clicked 11,372 which works out to be a CTR of ~0.8% which is ridiculously high for a skyscraper ad positioned well below the fold of the page. The cost of the advert was $400 and considering it still has a month to run it looks like an exceedingly good investment, so it just goes to show that bare bottoms sell.

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About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.


  1. I actually spotted that ad yesterday (I believe) when I visited your site and thought it was clever.

    The woman’s bottom is portrayed non-sexually, and I’m 100% certain it’s nothing her son hasn’t seen before. Everybody knows what a butt looks like. I wouldn’t even censor the ad from my 4 year old!

    It amazes me how easily offended and prude many people in our society still are.

    • Thanks for your comment Rachel. That’s the way I see it as well, though it does seem that the bottom gives the ad a much higher click through rate than normal.

  2. No matter what you do there will always be some people that won’t like it.

    And since sex and money are two topics where most people have limiting beliefs and all sorts of painful memories, you will undoubtedly get responses like this.

    The ad is ok in my opinion.

    • I agree, you can’t please everyone. I’m sure if you had a picture of a teapot someone in the world would complain that it’s offensive.
      And if an 11 year old doesn’t find a picture of a bum funny rather than too rude… I don’t know who will!

  3. I think it’s a cute ad.

    Too many equate nudity with pornography, methinks. If there’s nudity, it must be erotic in some way, and vice versa.

    Toilets are about as far from sexual as you can get.

  4. Yea, a bit risque/edgy … but especially funny given the content of the site it’s on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I would personally send the guy a link to a doorway page where he had to click an ad to get to a ‘purified’ view of the page for the extra time :p

  6. Thanks for the responses folks, that was also my feelings so nice to know I’m now the only one. So far four people have voted that they’re offended by it though which does surprise me.

  7. I dont see no problem with it either! I’d say its a dam good ad on their part.

  8. I must admit when it first caught my eye on your site I had a moment where I thought it was a bit of an odd ad to have, but then when I actually looked at the ad I realised it wasn’t anything bad….I think its the site its on that made me think that for a second, as I use a torrent site that is plastered with adverts that clearly are aimed at being porn and because of the type of site I haven’t really given them a second thought.

  9. Honestly, I saw this ad on your site before you talked about. To some people it is not appropriate for children to see, and to some ,it is ok.
    I suggest if this ad is not working great for you, remove it

  10. Naturally, there isn’t a great deal of problem with this kind of ads. There is no nudity nor obscene gestures. Well, morally, I feel it’s perfectly fine. I would see Google being more advocate in this kind of so-called less than pornography advertisement than any other CPC ads. So, I wouldn’t be alarmed.

  11. I once used an image of a woman in a bikini on one of my sites – absolute bedlam followed!

    At the end of the day, everyone reacts differently. We soon learn what our community will and will not accept!

    – Martin Reed

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