Msg#: 10371 posted 10:54 am on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)
I'm filtering who gets to see ads based on IP ranges, referers and user agents, showing no ads to msnbot, slurp and any other spiders, and also not showing ads to traffic that I'd rather get a link back from. The exceptions are googlebot and mediapartners, on the obscure chance that they may need it for proper showing of ads or statistics.
Is this frowned upon by google (cloaking)? It's not to rank better but to reduce useless impressions and get links.
Msg#: 10371 posted 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]