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1:08 am on Feb 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am planning to add some new features to my site.
I would apreciate it if these questions were answered.

1. Can Adsense ads be placed on Chat pages?
2. How about Bulletin board pages?
3. And finally on pages with live news feeds?


5:37 pm on Feb 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I know they can be placed on forums, as long as the content does not break any rules ie.. no swearing etc...

Not sure about the other two =0



5:42 pm on Feb 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Straight from AdSense TOS:

In general, we do not accept personal pages or chat sites into the AdSense program. However, if a site contains targeted, text-based content and/or provides a product or service, we may consider it for participation.


8:31 pm on Feb 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi wonderboy,
Hi moltar,

Thanks for the replies.
So the chat sites are out. The forum sites are in.
The thing is the only forum site I remember seeing ads on was showing PSAs.
If anybody knows of Any forums with google ads, I would appreciate a sticky note about them.
If a human was to target ads for a forum he would take the forum category as the theme. But can robots figure this out?


5:26 am on Feb 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It takes a while for a bot to come and "judge" a certain page. Every new post in a forum is a new page. So if someone just posted a message and the message is not crawled yet, then it will end up with a PSA ad.

Eventually bot will recognize the theme of the site and will display appropriate ads even on uncrawled pages.


12:56 am on Feb 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have targeted AdSense ads on my forums; and have corresponded with Google about them.

I've also done some code to allow the Googlebot into my private forum areas (and, similarly, let Google know about that, too).

I also have news headlines on many pages of my site: those are fine, too.


6:58 am on Feb 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi james007,
Thanks for the feedback. All this raises the question why leave out the chat sites then. They are usually categorized and some moderated?!


8:10 am on Feb 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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a1: contact adsense and ask them... they don't bite (and report back here :)


8:40 am on Feb 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think that, for one, chat sites typically have 'nonsense' chat going on which doesn't lend well to content targetted ads. Discussion forums, on the other hand, have topics people come looking for and are interested in.

In addition, when someone clicks an ad, they leave the page. If it were a chat site, they'd leave the chat. If that wasn't expected, they're likely to hit the 'back' button and to the advertiser the click would be wasted.


2:14 pm on Feb 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I home done really well with targeted ads in a topic based forum.

General chat isn't that good to target, but google media bot tries.

Honestly, the forum sis a good way to keep people clicking and coming back. Just think, if the ads are on topic and people are appreciating your chat they're more inclined to click an add and maybe even buy and discuss the product and service in your forum/community site so that others may click the add.

As always YMMV (your mileage may vary hehe)


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