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11:23 am on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone who's been in a similar situation give me some advice on the following:

Have been an Overture advertiser with a US account for years (and UK account for less) but as my particular widget is just as likely to be sought after in other countries I finally decided to sign up with Overture in Spain.

24 hours later all my initial submissions have been declined with the reason:

"We have noticed that you are affiliated with Google. Overture does not allow pay-per-click search engines or their affiliates to advertise in our listings. As a result of this guideline, we are unable to accept any of your search terms.

Excuse the inconvenience."

The inconvenience being that I'm now 50 quid poorer with little opportunity of using these funds as I have no intention of dropping Adsense (the whole thing is woefully inconsistent as the same submissions have been approved by Overture US and UK)

Has anyone been here before? Do I stand any chance of having my money refunded? Many thanks for any opinions...

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Mac

7:54 pm on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>Do I stand any chance of having my money refunded?
Did you ask them first?
10:14 pm on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No, not yet. I was halfway through filling in the customer support form before I decided it might be wise to see if anyone else had been through the same process before (forewarned is forearmed as they say. Or is that four armed? :-)

Mac

10:39 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hi,

Have you been using your US and UK overture acc to bring in traffic to your adsense site?
And was adsense set up before or after your initial launch of keywords through overture?

It could be because you had adsense going before you put your keyword listings through overture.

I have looked through the advertisers terms of use and couldn't find anything apart from a vague sentence about them using their discretion.

11:50 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi wigsy,

> Have you been using your US and UK overture acc to bring in traffic to your adsense site?

Yep!

> And was adsense set up before or after your initial launch of keywords through overture?

*Possibly* after as far as the US account is concerned (to be honest I can't remember) but definitely before with regard to the UK account.

> It could be because you had adsense going before you put your keyword listings through overture.

Fair point, and possibly correct as far as the setup of the US account is concerned (although I've certainly added keywords to the US Overture account after using AdSense)

> I have looked through the advertisers terms of use and couldn't find anything apart from a vague sentence about them using their discretion.

OK, thanks. I think I'll mail Overture and ask for the account to be closed down and my money refunded (as I'm not going to be able to spend it)

If anyone's interested I'll let you know what happens, just let me know.

Cheers,

Mac

12:25 pm on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is this how Yahoo plans to compete with Google? Seems to me like a good way to shrink their customer base in a hurry, or at least stunt their growth.

I figure this policy will hurt them more than Google.

10:43 pm on Aug 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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We have had a similar experience. Overture/Yahoo don't want to promote any website that may possibly generate revenue for Google. Be interesting if Overture try to enforce this rule across all advertisers. It will force everyone to make a choice between using Adwords or Overture.
2:45 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've been an Overture customer for 3 years, and just put Adsense on my site in select areas.

I submitted 6 new keywords to Overture this morning with Adsense very prominently at the top of the page.

I'll let you guys/gals know what the editor says about this.

If they decline my listings, I'm going to be upset - I've paid them $1000's of dollars over the past 3 years.

3:48 pm on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They accepted all 6 with Google Adsense prominently displayed!

Total Submitted Search Listings: 6
Approved Search Listings: 6
Declined Search Listings: 0

Edit (See post directly above this one)

5:05 am on Aug 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Macavity. There are editorial inconsistencies at Overture as well as Google. As for O, I've found it easiest to just wait a few days then resubmit. Usually works. Maybe you just got a bad editor.
1:30 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Pull the Google ads until the pages are in Overture...

Look at all the sites in Overture that have AdSense because they added it to pagesalready in.

-s-

4:57 am on Sept 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Any updates on this?
is overture not approving keywords / URLs
where the main driver on the page is adsense?
11:12 am on Sept 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just a quick update on my situation...Overture (Spain) agreed to close my account and refund my initial deposit.

From what I gather, the policy as to whether to approve/decline listings based on AdSense code seems to be inconsistent between individual Overture country sites, perhaps even between individual editors.

Cheers,

Mac

10:25 am on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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We have just had some new keywords approved with Adsense ads showing on the page