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Am I the only one who objects to the default opt-in? I do not like the fact Google just decided to roll this out without notifying me. Perhaps they sent an email but I did not receive.
They should have given me a choice to turn it on.
I especially annoyed that they rolled this out with my company information. When you click "Advertise on this website" for any of my websites, it gives up my company name.
Maybe no big deal for others, but I like my privacy and have never given Google the name of the company they send check to.
Very bad for Google. Not sure I want to wait around to see what else they will do.
Sorry I know that everybody still loves Google Adwords, but this is annoying.
A little tired when I wrote this...
I meant to say that we never gave Google permission to share the name of our company when someone clicks "Advertise on this site".
Now that I have opted out. It seems that the "Advertise on this site" will not go away.
Instead they just redirect you to the default "adwords" page.
This is getting to be just a bit much on the ads now.
That's basically what their doing, getting millions of free advertising spots from their publishers and making a killing doing it.
If I wanted to advertise adwords, I'd put up a referral button, otherwise hands off Google, please.
So far, my impressions of the program is that it depresses eCPM. Of course, Google doesn't provide sufficient information to be certain as to the effect - they should.
Do we get paid any referral commission when people open up an Adwords account via these links? If not, I'm opting out of it straight away.
Do no evil my foot.
I had dropped big time with daily revenue numbers during the last few days and this "advertise on this website" is just too much for me to allow on my site.
Totally ruins blending and other features I am after. And too distracting for my users and I am not getting paid.
Guess what. Bye-bye "Advertise on this website".
Even though the link is gone now, you can still hack the link, by copying the URL into the browser. Will show the payee name for our account. I guess I anyone can find out the name of who is behind most websites that use adsense. Shame on Google! Big time privacy violation in my book. But I am crazy like that.
In my view, people are going to be disappointed when they click on their own "Advertise on this website" link and are surprised with the disclosure.
Anyway takes a while for the link to actually disappear.
I should really post this stuff on my site. :) Oh well.
However, you should see a revenue benefit from new advertisers signing up to display ads on your site, as greater competition for your ad space will lead to higher potential earnings for you.
I'll repeat this once more, the original premise of AdSense which is why I signed on was that Google claimed to test the AdWords ads on Google Search first and then only released the best performing ads into the content network. When they released site targetting my income took a direct hit as high bidding crap that I couldn't opt out of without dropping into the competitive filter hammered my site for quite a few days. They may have BID to get the spot but who gives a crap when the ads don't convert!
Oh yes, the TOS probably say Google can do what they want when they want, but to put up an 'Advertise here' message on our websites, without our specific approval stinks. No doubt Google would say its their space, but they'd be pretty quick to ban us if we put up some 'undesirable' content on our space, next to their ads.
Fortunately discovered it before implementation I think (UK).
I think its evil that the default is opt-in.
I don't know about "evil" but there is a distinct stink with a lot of what Google does nowadays. It pays to be cautious with them - they're no more the darlings they were a few years ago. Treat them like you would any other company out there ... then you won't have the wrong expectations. They're just as likely to screw you as Microsoft or some other big company is.