| 11:26 am on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Welcome to WW.
Adverising to get people to your site, emailing people to visit your site, otherwise inducing people to visit your site is all acceptable. However, take great to never ask them or suggest to them to click ads on your site/support your sponsors/visit the advertisers etc.
| 12:41 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
In English this time ;)
Advertising to get people to your site, emailing people to visit your site, otherwise inducing people to visit your site is all acceptable. However, take great care to never ask them or suggest to them to click ads on your site/support your sponsors/visit the advertisers etc.
| 2:06 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Stay away from paid to read email sites as a means of generating traffic towards AdSense ads. These "PTR" sites are not currently against TOS, however, I can tell you from personal experience that Google will not allow that advertising and could suspend you for it. Luckily, I was allowed back in after being terminated. However, I would expect a change to the TOS regarding using these types of sites. Keep your eyes open for such an update.
You can try them if you like, but I promise, they are the precise reason that I had the worst week of my life after the death email came.
| 2:12 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Ah, I stand corrected. I have no experience of PTR. Thanks for sharing that.
| 6:32 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I'm pretty sure it would fall somewhere within this rule, they just need to expand on it to encompass incentives to click on email links:
|Incentives (monetary or point-based) to users to click on links or ads while visiting a site containing Ads |
| 11:38 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Actually, it is slightly different. What you wrote addresses incentivizing users WHILE they are on your site. What I am pretty sure the original post was talking about was incentivizing users to VISIT your site in the first place. Whether they click once they are there is a crap shoot. We're talkin very low CTR as these are typically not targeted lists or anything.
| 11:55 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Right, but I think that policy should be expanded to include incentives to visit a site via clicking on the email. There's no reason that traffic should ever be sent to a page with AdSense.
| 12:48 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Oh, I absolutely agree. I was just speaking from my experience with the other traffic.
| 2:35 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for all of your kindly suggestion!
But I am still quite confused after reading the posts.
My oringinal idea is: Use PTR system send people (or traffic) to my index page, but I would not arrange Adsense in my index page. So if the visitors interested for my site, they would browser for more pages and would see Adsense in other pages.
So what is your idea for this?
| 2:51 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I would still steer clear of it if you are using AdSense anywhere on your site. It's not worth it to upset the Google gods. If you are wanting to create revenue from using that type of system, I would suggest giving affiliate links a try. I find that in some cases the affiliate links can perform as well or better than AdSense. Try to make the affiliate links look like AdSense ads and see how that works out. You may find that the ROI wouldn't be so good with AdSense.
| 3:09 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
AZEvil, Thanks for you suggestion. What is the worthy of affiliate programs in your mind?
| 5:09 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Depends on what your site is about. Start with a big network like CJ if you don't know much about affiliate programs. That way you can try out different merchants and combine the earnings to meet the payout minimum if some of them don't work very well on your site.
| 6:06 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|There's no reason that traffic should ever be sent to a page with AdSense. |
| 10:11 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
I think we are being overly cautious. I wouldn't hesitate to email someone saying "we've got a New Year Sale on - click here". It's when there is some duplicity involved that you are taking a risk. Like making the landing page content-less except for Adsense ads, like tricking customers - via your layout - to click on Ads (marginally risky). Or some other trick.
| 5:59 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
The problem that I have with the system and that Google should have with the system is that these people are getting a monetary incentive for clicking on the email to visit the site. I feel this type of traffic is nearly worthless for any AdWords advertiser, so the traffic should never go to a site that has AdSense on it.
If the email was just "Check out our sale" and the user didn't get any compensation for visiting, I see no problem with sending the traffic because they are at least somewhat interested in the topic of that site.