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They *DO* buy a lot of stuff related to the topic of my website throughout the year, but they're not necessarily looking to buy at the time they're on my site.
3. Communications Solely With Google. You agree to direct to Google, and not to any advertiser, any communication regarding any Ad(s) or Link(s) displayed in connection with Your Property(ies).
Thta's (sic) a pretty hard rule for Google to enforce...has anyone been banned for doing it?
Well, I wouldn't be looking at adsense ads anyway. I'd be Googling industry terms and looking at adwords advertisers on Google's pages, not my own. Better list of potential advertisers there than on your own site anyway.
Which is why that TOS is stupid anyway. It's not enforcable because you can get the same info elsewhere.
Stupid or not, the rules were made. If you are going to tell someone to do something that is against the TOS, then it is only fair that you also point out the rules. It is up to them if they then want to break them (or not).