Are AdSense publishers allowed to refer to ads and use them as the primary purpose or content of their web site?
For example, I visited <snip> (not my site - I found it through its AdWord while searching on Google). The site says "To begin, choose a good patent attorney or a good patent firm to represent your idea or invention:", immediately after which are AdSense ads. The FAQ page says "You can see a list of patent attorneys displayed above, anxious and willing to help you." (Displayed this above are the AdSense ads.)
[edited by: Jenstar at 1:34 am (utc) on Mar. 11, 2004] [edit reason] No URL specifics please! [/edit]
I went to that site and followed the links to its "partner" site. The partner site was about credit card processing companies who no doubt have high paying adwords.
On the left hand side, the google ad. hovers and when you scroll down, the advert moves down with the browser. It is quite a shocking abuse I think. What's more, there is the following text in the text body. <QUOTE> We recommend that you investigate 3 to 4 <--------- credit card processing companies before <---------- deciding on which one is right for you. <UNQUOTE> the arrows point to the adsense ad. Now tell me that isn't against the TOS.
In a related vein, has anyone any experience of putting an explanation of why the Adsense ads. are on your site. Just that we've kind of sprung Adsense on our visitors and it would be nice to state somewhere why we've chosen them (because they bring additional suppliers onto the site, the target quite well and because it helps site revenue). But wondering if this could be viewed as an encouragement to click, although nothing like the example above.
( Will be contacting Google with a proposed paragraph anyway ).