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Showing ads on Media Player

Listners have nothing to do other than click on ads

     
5:16 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We run 5 high quality online radio channels. The streams open up in Windows Media Player. A web page with channel content is shown on the media player. On the left google ads are shown.

Listners have nothing much to do while listning to music with the meida player open. The google ads perform 'extremly!' well in this situation.

OK, now is that against the TOS? It's just a different sorta browser (Media Player).

5:33 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is against TOS.

Wonder you have not been caught.

You cannot show the ads on any software apart from a normal browser.

media player is not a browser.

5:56 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sobriquet, Media player is IE.

If only normal browser is allowed, why do google serve ads for agents like 'Media Player' and 'Mobile Device Browsers(i.e Tero)'?

8:18 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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OK, now is that against the TOS?

Your best bet is to ask the Google Adsense team directly. They are the only ones who can give you a concrete answer.

8:24 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Rodney, I am scared to ask and shoot my self in the foot. That's why i am here asking you adsense gurus.
8:44 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Rodney, I am scared to ask and shoot my self in the foot. That's why i am here asking you adsense gurus.

That might be answering your question right there. If you're scared to ask, then there's a good chance you're doing something against the rules.

If that's the case, then "not asking" isn't going to help your case any. You might fly under the radar for a while, but if your website ever has to pass a "sniff test", it's likely that you'll run into problems. It's only a matter of time.

Even if all us "adsense gurus" said, "sure, it's no problem", that won't help you much if you still get banned because of it. You're the only one here with something to lose (and gain), so it's best to be up front with your advertising partner and ask them directly.

At least by asking, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that you aren't doing anything shady (if they approve it). If they say it's not allowed, then you won't have to worry about trying to fly under the radar.

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It should be against their TOS and never hesitate to answer them for questionable questions,that way you would have a proof to refer to in future
1:51 am on May 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I dont see anything wrong with this, as long as the page has content. You can display any web page within Media Player (just go to the online store, do a web search and follow the links). So everyone would be breaking the TOS if it was against it, unless they are checking user agents and not showing ads for Media Player.

Of course, having the urls in the media stream, is kind of like sending out spam email, or embedding the url in client side applications, so that may be a problem. But you could always show a doorway type page which links through to the content with the ads. If you have any links at all on the content page, its easy to eventually land on a page with ads, even if its not your own.

But I would watch for this TOS statement however:

"In order to avoid associations with copyright claims, website publishers may not display Google ads on web pages with MP3, Video, News Groups, and Image Results."

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Herath, ask for "your friends radio station"
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8:08 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Talked to google today and they confirmed this is against TOS.
8:12 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it, is to find a way of displaying ads to listeners that is within the TOS. This post will self destruct in 5 seconds.
8:43 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"In order to avoid associations with copyright claims, website publishers may not display Google ads on web pages with MP3, Video, News Groups, and Image Results."

adsense support will approve the use of their ads in certain rich media situations... for instance, if you were to put up your own original mp3's, vids, flash animations, etc., in a page with an embedded player, it's not a problem.

what they will typically not approve is putting adsense up with copyrighted material belonging to other people... but even that situation has been o.k.'ed on some major websites.

10:13 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"Of course, should any of your web team be caught breaking TOS, Google will disavow any knowledge of your clicks. Good luck, Jim."