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I found the following posted on a popular political site:
<snip>A statement preceding the Google ads commenting on their content but encouraging the visitors to tip the site by clicking on the ads</snip>
Question: is this encouraging people to click? Against TOS? I find it strange that they would even bother taking the risk. I'd like people's opinions. Thanks.
[edited by: martinibuster at 4:56 pm (utc) on April 4, 2006]
[edit reason] Removed Specifics. Text can be traced to site. That's outing. Thanks. ;) [/edit]
Some of the text apparently permitted on premium publisher sites makes me wonder what Google is thinking. Such as putting above or beside each ad block, "Support Our Sponsors".
OTOH, it seems like bad manners to subtly dis your sponsor in this way. If you don't like the ads, find the guts to not run them.
They have heard about AdSense and want to generate some income to offset their expenses. But if they support candidate A they will often write things about candidate B, the opponent, and thus the targeting will bring up ads that support the opponent.
For visitors to the site who have heard of AdSense/AdWords but haven't used either one, a disclaimer statement like that certainly wouldn't give them a lot of confidence in Google. But that may not be a bad thing if it encourages Google to make some improveements.
Because e I enjoy the site, I emailed them and sent them a heads up, saying their account is probably in violation of Google's TOS.
If that's the only site on which they have AdSense, my guess is they won't think it to be a big loss if they get booted from AdSense. About right now, they are probably already looking around for something that earns more than AdSense.
They said they sent several e-mails to Google about ads that they and their readers considered offensive. Google never responded so they added language simply pointing out that these are paid ads, not something they endorse. They say if Google wants to pull them, no great loss. He said he knows they use computer logic matching ads to content, adding they should apply some human logic too.
I already have pointed out the competitive ad filter, but they did not address this, so either they don't know about it, or can't be bothered with it.
[edited by: jatar_k at 1:01 am (utc) on April 5, 2006]
If you don't like the ads, find the guts to not run them.
exactly. and by the way, adsense has no place on sites of a political party. are they nuts? what an incredibly stupid idea. by now i really wonder how many site owners make a fool of themselves by putting advertising on their corporate or presentation websites. out of curiosity how it all works with adsense and "how much their site is worth", they just slap it on in front of their embarrassed visitors. a massive reputation and credibility loss for a few bucks. it's laughable at best.
They say if Google wants to pull them, no great loss.
hey, let's break the tos and see for how long we can get away with it. what an ugly business approach..
[edited by: moTi at 4:06 am (utc) on April 5, 2006]
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The rich obviously play by different rules.
and by the way, adsense has no place on sites of a political party.
Where in this thread has anyone mentioned ads being on a site of a political party - i.e. an official Democrat or Republican site?
I think the original poster was referring to, and I'm certain I was referring to, sites that discuss political issues, provide political news, etc.
are they nuts? what an incredibly stupid idea. by now i really wonder how many site owners make a fool of themselves by putting advertising on their corporate
There are some excellent ads for sites discussing politics. As was pointed out previously, targeting on these sites often end up displaying just the opposite of the ads the site owner would like to see.