Msg#: 3454841 posted 1:14 am on Sep 20, 2007 (gmt 0)
I can see lots of potential for conflict with sites' own content, for example a travel site that already offers hotel/car reservations could end up with a competing gadget on the same page.
If the site is running AdSense, it's probably getting competitors' text ads, so competing "Google Gadget" ads are merely a variation on an existing problem. Still, if competitors' text ads don't bother you, you can always disable image ads via the AdSense control panel.
Msg#: 3454841 posted 9:28 am on Sep 20, 2007 (gmt 0)
I take your point EFV, but it's actually a good bit different.
For many sites certain affiliate stuff is not necessarily a primary focus of the site and will be of interest only to a minority of visitors - both text and image ads in this context can be both appropriate and of interest to a user looking for information and options.
But if you end up with two completely different interactive units of content, each offering pretty much the same thing, sharing a page, well then it's just confusing and of no particular benefit to the user.
Stopping images ads is an option, but it would be preferable if these were in a category of their own.