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Contacting Adwords Advertisers, Against Adsense TOS?

 3:32 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

I was about to write to a website that has been consitently advertising their banner on our website through adsense/adwords.

Then I realized this might be against Google's TOS. Has anyone ran into this problem or know if this is frowned upon by Google?



 3:34 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

I meant to say I was going to write to them about advertising on our website without going through Google.


 3:37 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes , it is against TOS.. You can find another thread on subject already running...

and how will it help to contact one advertiser directly? Forgive me asking ..but can he find a better deal with you rather than Google...


 3:37 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, I believe this is against the adsense TOS.

If you're not sure, you should ask Google.


 3:43 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

sorry I didn't find another thread about this, I did a quick search and nothing came up.

I offer flat monthly fee advertising, which works out better in many cases. Also the advertiser might want actual text links that can be indexed. And it's nice to build a relationship that can last a long time. Many of the flat monthly fee advertisers we have have been with us for almost 2 years.

Another advantage for the advertiser would let us (site owners) to introduce him to other related websites they may be interested in advertising on.

But I am not going to do this if it breaks the TOS


 4:06 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

You can of course put an "Advertise on this site" link on your site - that's not against the TOS. What you can't do is to initiate discussions with Google's advertisers.

It's possible that the deals you could strike with the other website could pay you more than Google does, but obviously you'd have to no longer participate in adsense if you wanted to contact direct them direct. However, if they contacted you first that's another matter.


 4:55 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, I had one advertiser contact me direct and offered USD 0.05/ Click... I told him very politely to stick with Google. ;-)

Better for all concerned..


 5:13 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

The thread referred to is [webmasterworld.com...]

Very strangely, a great many people have had trouble reading this part of the T&C and have drawn the completely erroneous conclusion that it forbids contacting advertisers for any reason. In fact, the language is extremely precise that the only subject you are forbidden to broach with advertisers is the subject of any Google ads or Google links displayed in connection with your websites.

But simply contact Google if you are uncertain.

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