| 2:41 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
| 2:47 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Surely any decent bot would take into account adsense ads (and any other ads which have a clearly recognisable url) and ignore them.
In any case, Adsense would recognise and ignore any clicks from those bots.
| 5:14 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
It would still be good to get an official word on this...
| 5:19 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
What makes it akin to cloaking is that the AdSense code will be shown to some IPs and not others. This is a fairly common form of ad serving and will not affect the indexable text on the page; therefore I doubt any SE would be concerned about it.
(You should be sure to show the code to Google, though, the bots and also the Googleplex in Mountain View. I can imagine what they'd think if you repeatedly generate impressions and clicks on a page that doesn't appear to have AdSense code on it at all.)
[edited by: jomaxx at 5:22 pm (utc) on Nov. 10, 2005]
| 5:20 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
The "official" word is that you don't cloak, and you show the same page to everybody.
[url]https://www.google.com/adsense/policies[/url] (at the bottom)
They are confident that they can weed out any clicks from bots, so I doubt they'd be too happy with your explanation of why you're cloaking!
| 6:09 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I'm just not going to show the ads to traffic sources that give a 0.001% ctr. Better for them and better for me. Might get some extra links out of it too.
Also, it's basically the same as people rotating adsense and YPN, which is allowed. I'm merely rotating adsense and nothing.
Maybe I should show an ad for one of my other sites instead of no ads at all.
I guess I would be interested to hear what google thinks of this, though I see no real problem with it. They get higher quality traffic.