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11:56 am on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have just joined an affiliate program and tried sending the visitor direct to the merchant. After a few days, I got this message from Google:

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Issue(s): Identify Affiliate Status

Please read below for definitions of the issues I found:

Identify Affiliate Status: You must clearly identify yourself as an affiliate or distributor in your ad text. This will help provide clear, descriptive ads so that our users understand the nature of your site and your business. Affiliate status cannot be indicated in your URL, as the URL is not always visible on our ad network sites.
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Is this new? What do they mean exactly? I haven't seen anyone else identify themselves as an affiliate.

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12:07 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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you have to put 'aff', or similar, somewhere on the ad.
12:16 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Really? Is this new? Has anyone got an example of this? I've never seen it before.
12:29 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's always been like that as far as I know. Search for anything that ebay or amazon sell and there will be 'aff' listed in plenty of the ads.
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Just do a search on the company you've just signed up for and you'll see the other ads with 'aff' or 'affil'

Not sure how long its been part of the review process, but all my ads have had this on for the last year. I'm sure there are "adwords professionals" who will know more than me though.

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always been there as far back as when I can remember

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1:29 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ok. I've been reading stuff about Google not liking affiliates on Adwords and I wondered if this was something brand new kicking in!
4:55 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ok. I've been reading stuff about Google not liking affiliates on Adwords and I wondered if this was something brand new kicking in!

Nope, as Shak says: same as it ever was.

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6:34 pm on Nov 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ok. I've been reading stuff about Google not liking affiliates on Adwords and I wondered if this was something brand new kicking in!

;)

nice try

Shak