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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Violence, racial intolerance, or advocate against any individual, group, or organization
Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia
Pornography, adult, or mature content
Gambling or casino-related content
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
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.