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I went out for a dinner. Back home now :-) Answer time.
if you look at the HTML for the standard AdSense that standard users have you will see an URL. Now, to that URL you simply have to prepend your personal website name followed by some "/rd?". That's how the link looks like.
give me some hint. Let's see if you guessed :-)
the question here is: I assume that AdSense rules are there to keep the whole adsense community (publishers and advertisers) on the right path. When some small entity deviate from the path they are banned and, basically, nobody was ever influenced by the glitch. If big players can use all sorts of forbidden things, than the community is altered. I don't know which is the english for it, but we say that "somebody is more equal than others". I think you read all the forbidden things I found on a single page. Some things that are forbidden to standard publisher are not to premium ones, but only because the premium ones are good enough to use things on the edge, but still on the legal side. I mean: we all know that there is a mistake in the GOOGLE SEARCH code that doesn't validate with W3C and that we can't fix it because we're not allowed to alter the code. A premium publisher will likely be allowed to change that code.
Let me explain: I can use JS to show AdSense on my page formatting it however I like (like any premium publisher) and after Google has approved it on a test page. My JS (client-side) asks AdSense for the ads and then it formats them. Are you sure that Google allows me to use as the destination URL any URL which is not the one returned to my JS? If you can tell me where this rule is than you made my day because I will be able, with a simple redirecting URL, to track every single click!
when a premium publisher uses JS, the ads are queried client side. It is the user's computer that asks for the ads. This means that, if JS is not enabled, the user won't see the ads. The website I'm talking about is putting the ads directly in the HTML. For example: if I open my own website in a text based linux window I won't see the ads. If I open THE website, I see them, because they are in the HTML. Not only the ads are shown to ALL users, including those with blocks, firewalls, no JS and the likes, but the ads might have been hand picked by any kind of script. Since the landing URL is redirected through a website's link they know which ads are clicked the most. They can show always the most clicked ones, or do anything else.