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Refused by AdSense
English version of my site contains "domain path"
louponne

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Msg#: 209 posted 7:21 am on Jul 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

I just had a site refused by AdSense.

My site opens at www.domain.com, but in a foreign language. The English version (just as complete) is at www.domain.com/english.htm

ggle said :
Google AdSense program does not support domain paths. You must be able to run ads on your entire site. Because the URL for the English-language portion of your site contains a domain path (http://www.domain.com/english.htm), we are not able to run ads on it.

If I switch my english version to www.domain.com will they accept me, or will they still say that I can't run ads on the entire site since there are foreign language versions?

Also:
Do you *have* to run ads on the entire site?
Are you allowed not to run ads on the home page, for example?
Don't *you* choose where you run ads?
Can you change the urls of certain pages during an AdSense campaign?

 

chiyo

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Msg#: 209 posted 7:35 am on Jul 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>Do you *have* to run ads on the entire site?

No, but it seems from your google quote that you must have the capability to... There is a great likelihood that there are some pages on your site too where using adsense would violate the TOS - e.g SERPS, some types of content, pages with text ads etc. ect.

>>Are you allowed not to run ads on the home page, for example?

YEs

>>Don't *you* choose where you run ads?

Yes, as long as each page you run on it does not voliate the terms and conditions

>>Can you change the urls of certain pages during an AdSense campaign?

Yes

Petrocelli

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Msg#: 209 posted 10:31 am on Jul 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

If I switch my english version to www.domain.com will they accept me, or will they still say that I can't run ads on
the entire site since there are foreign language versions?

Foreign language versions shouldn't be a problem as long as the English version shows up as your starting page.

Think about content negotiation too. That means, deliver the version that corresponds with the "preferred language" setting of the visitor.

louponne

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Msg#: 209 posted 12:46 pm on Jul 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

so, um, if I switch the English version to show up at www.domain.com, I should get accepted? And if I find it necessary to switch it back at a later date, that won't cause problems?

chiyo

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Msg#: 209 posted 1:11 pm on Jul 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

Maybe pertrocelli is suggesting you deliver the french version to vistors from countries more likely to speak French, and the english version likewise for English.

No, if you switch it to english just to get accepted and them switch it back, google will probably choke on it as it already says in its FAQ that Adsense is for english language sites only at this roll-out. They may not have perfected foreign language indexing scripts for Adsense yet. If you are unlucky they may think you are trying to be sneaky, and you may get a ban.

louponne

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Msg#: 209 posted 1:19 pm on Jul 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

Maybe pertrocelli is suggesting you deliver the french version to vistors from countries more likely to speak French, and the english version likewise for English.

Right - but my trafic's coming from SE and links, and I pretty much assume that English speaking visitors are thus going to naturally "land" on the English version, and likewise for the French.

No, if you switch it to english just to get accepted and them switch it back, google will probably choke on it as it already says in its FAQ that Adsense is for english language sites only at this roll-out.

Well, this site has about 400 pages of unique content, in each language. It certainly thus has lots of English language content. The only problem is that the /index.htm page is in French. There is thus no way at all to get AdSense on this site? :(

Petrocelli

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Msg#: 209 posted 10:41 pm on Jul 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

We're running a site in 4 different language versions. The web server is configured to deliver the version which matches the language setting of the visitor. Google's approval was a piece of cake, they came, got the English version and were happy.

Of course we're exclusively showing ads on the English pages - right now G isn't able to target content in any other language than English.

If you don't want to mess with your web server's config, you could point www.yourdomain.com to the English content. But - as said above - don't you dare to revert it back to French after being approved ... ;-) My bet is that G will become very angry if you do so ...

louponne

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Msg#: 209 posted 7:05 am on Jul 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

The web server is configured to deliver the version which matches the language setting of the visitor

How're you doing that?
Do I need admin access to the server?

louponne

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Msg#: 209 posted 10:29 am on Jul 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well, if:
- ggle is willing to AdSense sites that do have foreign language content, and
- you can choose to put an ad on certain pages and not others,

I don't see why they refuse my site - I mean, I won't put an add on my foreign-language home page, and will on the several hundred English-langauge pages. So why does it bother them that the home page isn't in English?

Petrocelli

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 209 posted 11:51 am on Jul 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

How're you doing that?
Do I need admin access to the server?

Read this to get started: [httpd.apache.org...]

Peter

louponne

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Msg#: 209 posted 5:49 am on Jul 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Petrocelli - for some reason I didn't get the usual e-mail "heads up" on your response yesterday. From what I can understand from the link you propose, I'd need access to apache config files, which I don't have because my sites are on mutual-hosting servers :(

louponne

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Msg#: 209 posted 5:51 am on Jul 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't see why they refuse my site

Back On-topic here.

I modified my site so that the English-language version is now the site's home page, and it will stay that way.

The site has now been accepted, and is showing Ads.

They're in French!

This makes it all the more difficult for me to understand why AdSense won't accept sites with foreign-language home pages!

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