Now that DoubleClick are part of Google does it mean the AdWords TOS doesn't apply to them?
I added a site to my AdSense competitive filter this morning only to see the ads still displaying a few hours later. On closer inspection, the URL the ad was going to wasn't the display URL, but was in fact going via clickserve.uk.dartsearch.net part of the DoubleClick network.
This means the only way to stop the ads showing would be to ad dartsearch.net to my competitive filter, which may result in legitimate ads being blocked.
Are clickserve/Doubleclick allowed to do this, if so, is there a way of blocking individual ads?
As it stands it makes a mockery of the AdSense competitive filter system
When you use the AdSense competitive filter for domein.com then Adsense should block all ads that are using: 1. domein.com as a display URL 2. or domein.com as a tracking URL 3. or domein.com as a landing URL
If I understand you correctly, the competitive filter does not work like the above sample?
But regardless, there's no reason to believe that Doubleclick has to follow the same TOS as regular AdWords advertisers do. And no, I don't believe there is any way to block individual ads anymore than I can block some ads from ebay and target and not others.
stupidly, the competitive filter only blocks the tracking url. a real annoyance since year one. i say 95% of the publishers don't know and wonder why the tricksters still get to show in their ad blocks when they have blocked their display url. you always have to block the "?adurl"-part in the link query. for text ads, that is. flash ads i don't know how to get the link url.