| 4:05 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I thought it might be a trap so I didn't use mine. At first glance Adsense publishers might not seem the best people to target Adwords at when Google don't like arbatige.
But many Adsense publishers have fingers in other pies. I suggested Adwords to a client a while ago but he didn't want to spend any money. I'd have used my vouchers to prove ROI (or lack of) had they not expired. I'm not using my own money to prove a point.
| 4:08 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I noticed in the fine print that the offer was only for new AdWords accounts. Since I already have one (that I haven't used in years, and likely won't after all the recent disturbances), I threw my offer in the trash.
I would have thought Google would know I already have an AdWords account, since everything is tied together now, but they wasted money sending the offer to me because I certainly wasn't eligible for the deal based on their terms.
| 4:46 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)|
They sent me like six of them, and they well knew I already had an AdWords account. I think they just mass mailed - on the scale at which they're doing it, it's relatively cheap. Probably more so than going through and matching up who already has an account.
Google doesn't want people using AdWords to drive traffic to sites that comprise mostly AdSense ads. But they don't have a problem driving traffic to sites that have lots of content and just happen to have AdSense too. It's a fine line, you have to know how to walk it. If there's any doubt in your mind as to which side you're on, then don't do it.
| 7:10 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Considering Googles push for Personalization... I was really impressed when my AdWords voucher arrived addressed to "AdSense Publisher".
Ya gotta love em :)
That said, I tossed the voucher in the trash.
| 7:17 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Also, many AdSense publisher run multiple sites. So it certainly wouldn't be arbitrage to buy traffic for a site that doesn't show AdSense ads.
| 8:40 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|Also, many AdSense publisher run multiple sites. So it certainly wouldn't be arbitrage to buy traffic for a site that doesn't show AdSense ads. |
It wouldn't even be arbitrage to buy traffic for a site that did show AdSense ads if there weren't a discernible intention to flip clicks. I've seen ads for NYTimes.com on my site now and then, but that doesn't mean THE NEW YORK TIMES is a click arbitrageur: It's a legitimate, high-quality "content site" that just happens to run AdSense ads.