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Adsense in a gambling info site?

 3:35 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

I know Adwords is clossed to gambling, but what you happen i have a site the provide gamblers some info? sports news, game scores, horse racing results?

Do you think G would mind?




 3:48 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, Adwords isn't closed to gambling sites...as long as the site is an informational site (i.e. no direct links to online gambling sites).

I don't know for sure, but I would imagine the same goes for Adsense. As long as it's an informational site, it is most likely ok.

I've seen adsense on a few sites with gambling info so the above is most likely ok, but if you want to be perfectly safe, I'd check with G personally.


 4:19 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Last time I checked Adwords was closed to gambling.

I tried for 6 months to get a horse racing site (not tips, and one which deplores casinos) into Adwords.

Each time I just got the same old reply saying that gambling sites are against TOS.

What really annoyed me was that my competitors were all using Adwords without any problems. G's response was for me to report them for violation.

I did that for a few but G never got rid of them,

It seems that if you can get away with it (by not using trip words in the ad) then go for it. If not forget it. Find other ways to advertise.


Anway. Think about this for a moment.

If you can set up Adsense for a gambling site, but not Adwords for a gambling site, then where do the Adsense ads come from?


 4:34 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

As I said, you can run a gambling site in adwords. Trust me. I have about 4 running right now.

I've got ads that don't trip the word filter and I've got ads that do and I had to request exceptions and got them.

G's stance is as long as the site does not actually offer gambling or link to sites that offer gambling, it's ok.


 4:39 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

That's because gambling sites are illegal in the US. If you are running a gambling site that only has information, it's likely that site, through affiates or ad sales, are gonna link to illegal sites. This is at the core I bet.


 6:55 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sports news and game scores, in and of themselves, are obviously OK. Even horse racing results are probably acceptable in some contexts. But if your site exists to provide info to gamblers, then AdSense will probably say no.

In any case you should ask Google, as specifically as possible, before going ahead.

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