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AdSense Policies quietly updated
May 17, 2005
Jenstar




msg:1374052
 2:23 am on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Unless you have an eagle eye, you likely didn't notice that AdSense updated their Policies today (although it is dated yesterday).

So what has changed? Here is the complete run down of the new AdSense Policies. And remember, when you agree to the AdSense terms, you also agree to abide by the entire policies as well, even when they are updated.

Competitive Ads & Services

There has been a lot of question about what exactly is considered to be a competitive ad that is not allowed by AdSense, and what is allowed. So while it isn't completely clarified, it isn't the "clear as mud" as it was in the previous policies release.

If you have elected to receive contextually-targeted Google ads, this would include all other contextually-targeted ads or links on the same page as Google ads. This would also include ads throughout the site that mimic Google ads or otherwise appear to be associated with Google on your site. Although you may sell ads directly on your site, it is your responsibility to ensure these ads do not mimic Google ads.

A few interesting thoughts on this section:

It seems that AdSense is now not allowing any ads that mimic AdSense to appear on any pages within the entire site - including those pages that are not even running AdSense. There are many publishers who run AdSense, then run their own text ads in an identical format, which would now clearly be against the terms, even if they are on different sections of the same site.

This could also mean that those running non-contextual ad networks could also be in violation if some of those ad networks run ads that appear to mimic AdSense ads (as many advertisers are doing these days), even if they are on completely different pages. This could result in publishers opting out of networks or campaigns if these types of ads could not be removed from the rotation.

And if you are running an alternate ad that mimics AdSense, this would not also be against the terms, since it would appear on the same site as AdSense, even though not on the same page at the same time.

Language

In an odd change, the line Ads must not be displayed on any page with content primarily in an unsupported language has been removed.

Site Content

Under site may not include, the following has been added

Sales or promotion of products that are replicas or imitations of designer goods

I suppose this will stop those publishers selling knockoffs who also display AdSense ads. They will no longer be allowed to have AdSense generating revenue for them on those pages selling or promoting those knockoff products.

Also removed under site content is:

Site must also adhere to Google's WebMaster Guidelines, found at [google.com...] or such other URL as Google may provide from time to time.

However, this is still valid, it was simply repetitive with the Webmaster Guidelines section that appears later in the policies.

Not anything earth shattering like has been found in previous Policies changes, but it is always good to double check you are in compliance and save yourself a warning email.

That's all folks :)

<edit>grammar edit, LOL </edit>

[edited by: Jenstar at 3:00 am (utc) on May 18, 2005]

 

Jenstar




msg:1374082
 6:35 pm on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Feed beta is now accepting applications, and you can apply for free optimization help from the AdSense team :)

They also added news articles to their case studies page, I forgot to mention it here until now [webmasterworld.com].

ncw164x




msg:1374083
 7:55 pm on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the update Jenstar, your on the ball with your eagle eye as always ;)

Jettie




msg:1374084
 2:22 pm on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

So how about Adsense ads and IntelliTXT on the same site?

jhood




msg:1374085
 3:18 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

AdSense and intelliTXT are a no-go, according to Google, since the intelliTXT ads are contextual.

Powdork




msg:1374086
 3:28 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

AdSense and intelliTXT are a no-go, according to Google, since the intelliTXT ads are contextual.
That is per page. You cannot run contextual ads on the same page as adsense. You can't mimic adsense on a site with adsense.
I would guess that intellitext and adsense can be on the same site, just not the same page.

What is to stop me (other than my moral values) as a publisher from creating a site where the navigation seemlessly weaves among different domains with the same template but one domain has adsense and others have adsense imitations. I would think that eventually Adsense will address this too. A publisher found to be running Adsense imitations on any of his/her sites will be banished from the Kingdom of G. Just a thought.

cyberair




msg:1374087
 4:09 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Since G had confirmed that AdBrite and Adsense can actually run on the same page, we can see that even though those two types of advertisements look somewhate similar, they aren't considered to mimic Adsense ads.

Following this assumption, there is plenty of room for text ads that are "similar" but don't mimic.

annej




msg:1374088
 2:36 pm on May 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

It seems that AdSense is now not allowing any ads that mimic AdSense to appear on any pages within the entire site - including those pages that are not even running AdSense. There are many publishers who run AdSense, then run their own text ads in an identical format, which would now clearly be against the terms, even if they are on different sections of the same site.

Has anyone written to AdSense to get a good definition of what "mimic" means? This is a big change. Does AdSense Adviser post here anymore? It would help to understand exactly what this means.

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