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Showing ads on user pages generated on my domain

Is this legal?

     
7:03 am on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm thinking on giving visitors to my site access to making their own sites, using a homepage-generator in php that I've made.
Since I'm the "admin" of my domain, and therefor on theese user-pages, I have the possibility to run adsense on theese sites. Do anybody know if this doese't violate the TOS?

The users url's would be something like:
users.mydomain.com/user1
users.mydomain.com/user2
and so on..
(just a further explanation on what I was thinking)

11:04 am on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Look on the latest "I get banned" threats in this forum.

An Australian claims, that somebody uploaded copyrighted materials and filled some minutes later a DMCA.

Account canceled.

AdSense is a long term income source, and should not be risked for some gimmicks.

11:23 am on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I will Make it, I wouldn't do it

there are a lot of ugly things the user can do on your pages!

There are a lot of people doing this, but they put thier adsense at risk...

11:50 am on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes, you should be very careful with this. The only way I would suggest this, is if you review changes before they go live, otherwise, no way would I let arbitrary content to be posted in an area where adsense could be affected.
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Just to be accurate, there are many successful free hosting companies that run Google ads on free user pages, it is not recommended that you do it if your account is new or if you don't have traffic sufficient enough for Google to take you seriously and deal with you on individual basis.

I would recommend you go ahead with no Google ads until you reach enough traffic, then talk to Google and negotiate a premium deal before inserting their ads, basically we are talking years of free running with no Google earnings, you can always run other ads meanwhile to justify the costs.

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It's probably legal, but I wouldn't do it. On something like this you can't really moderate the users' contributions. Remember that if you can't control the content of a page, you can't stop that page from violating Adsense terms of service - the first thing that comes to mind is that Google prohibits racism and hate speech, both of which are very easy for someone to put on a website.

I do know some forums that run Adsense, so I guess you have some leeway when you can't be held responsible for user content, but I think you'd have to delete offensive content just to be safe. As I say, though, a user's webpage is considered a more personal thing than a forum post, so you generally can't edit it without offending someone.

8:33 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thank you all for your great answers. I guess I have to come up with something else ;)
But it was a good idea though :D
8:40 pm on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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IWMI,

I tried the same thing by providing free sub domains.,
The very first webmaster who I gave a sub domain put adult material on the webspace I provided him.
I explicitly prohibited this but he didn't care.
Kicked him out. The second webmaster did the same thing, adult stuff again. I cancelled the program after a day. So much for trusting strangers...

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BTW, find an other way, but remember;
you will make it!