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Can I advertise a Poker Website

On a Site that Shows AdSense?

     
1:47 pm on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've been approached to advertise a poker website. While the content of my site is not gambling related, I'm guessing that to advertise the poker site is against the TOS. Can anyone confirm? Thanks.
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I had a situation like this before. All i had was a link on my site saying. Click here to play poker. Google saw it and I got an email to remove it within 24 hours.
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Can you not put it on a page which doesn't have AdSense on it - or is this a sitewide requirement in the AS TOS?
2:22 pm on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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are you allowed to have adsense on a gambling based website?
4:27 pm on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I assume that's a joke because the answer couldn't be more No.

As for whether you can put such a link on a page without AdSense, it's a grey area. The Program Policies say the site cannot contain gambling content etc., but in some cases Google simply ask that their ads not be run on the same page as questionable content.

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I have a few pages on my site referring to prescription drugs, which is against the TOS.

I simply did not place Adsense ads on those pages, and I haven't had any problems.

Google's TOS mentions the following under, "Site may not include:"

"Gambling or casino-related content"

Which really specifies content, but not necessarily a link to another site.

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Must be all those confusing words in the TOS like "NO" and "GAMBLING"

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Phaedrus, I guess you are wondering if an ad is content in AdSense's eyes. You've got one response that indicates they think it is.

Rather than soliciting opinions here, you should email AdSense support.

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On this topic, adsense is a joke...they say no to this and yet allow scam sites that advertise "download movies for free...completely legal" which when you join them and pay subscription services, simply send you links to download p2p programs like emule, kazaa, bit torrent etc;
How can they say it is illegal to advertise casino sites and yet they allow illegal scam sites into adwords?

A lot of my visitors talk about movies etc in the forums and i am sick and tired of seeing thse thieving scam sites supported by Google.

Hypocrites.

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They aren't saying it's "illegal to advertise casino sites."

The rule is they don't want ads on a casino or gambling-related site, and that's purely for a very practical reason--wanting to be able to tell advertisers that THEIR ads won't be appearing on such sites.

The kinds of ads they accept are a different issue, IMO. Just as in print advertising, the buyer must beware.

I'm saying this based on experience: dubious ads show up on my site too. I see ads for shady "literary agencies" that live off the fees they charge gullible writers, for example. I can block them, or educate my visitors about how to distinguish the good companies from the bad ones. For me, it's a manageable problem. If it isn't for you, then leave the program. Unfortunately, you'll find ads like those on other ad networks too, so the only solution may be to only accept direct advertising and vet all submissions carefully.

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This is interesting .. could someone please clarify if they know for sure?

I'd like to include a poker site ad banner on the same page as adsense .. can I do this or not?

seems to be a mixed message on the thread ...

obviously the site is not gambling orientated ... nut I think a poker banner would work well ...

6:27 pm on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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StuntasticAudi's response seems to say it all. If you want a second opinion covering your exact situation, the only thing to do is ask Google directly.
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Site may not include:

Excessive profanity
Violence, racial intolerance, or advocate against any individual, group, or organization
Hacking/cracking content
Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia
Pornography, adult, or mature content
Gambling or casino-related content
Excessive advertising
Any other content that promotes illegal activity or infringes on the legal rights of others
Pop-ups, pop-unders or exit windows that interfere with site navigation, obscure Google ads, change user preferences, or are for downloads. Other types of pop-ups, pop-unders, or exit windows may be allowed, provided that they do not exceed a combined total of 5 per user session
Excessive, repetitive, or irrelevant keywords in the content or code of web pages
Deceptive or manipulative content or construction to improve your site's search engine ranking, e.g., your site's PageRank
Incentives (monetary or point-based) to users or third-party beneficiaries for online activity including, but not limited to, clicking on ads or links, performing searches, surfing websites, reading emails, or completing surveys
Sales or promotion of certain weapons, such as firearms, ammunition, balisongs, butterfly knives, and brass knuckles
Sales or promotion of beer or hard alcohol
Sales or promotion of tobacco or tobacco-related products
Sales or promotion of prescription drugs
Sales or promotion of products that are replicas or imitations of designer goods

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I think I will .. as it still does not seem clear to me in those terms?

Is a banner to be considered content on your site?

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Can't put ads on a gambling site...but adsense has started to serve a buch of betting ads recently....ummmm...good for the gooose.....not the gander:)
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I think I will .. as it still does not seem clear to me in those terms?

Okay. Good luck with that.
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Site may not include:
.......
Gambling or casino-related content

What is so hard to understand about that TOS.

Look up Content in the dictionary. Content includes everything on your site.

That would include text, pictures, links...etc

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But not apparently adsense ads:) since google continues to serve then up more and more.
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Content includes everything on your site.

Therefore that would mean we are all accountable for content off site if a link is provided?

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adsense is a joke...

How true, that's why I'm laughing all the way to the bank with AdSense.

People that don't agree with the TOS and the 'hypocrisy' please take AdSense off your sites now so you leave more ad revenue for the rest of us that appreciate the buckets of sweaty cash Google pays out monthly.