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"drugs" banned or no?

     
6:49 pm on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have a fair amount of pages going up with information on drugs. Drugs used by EMS, the indications, contrindications, dosages, etc..

Glancing through the forums I noted that there is an ongoing debate with the word "drug" Whether it can or should be used, etc.

My concern is that I dont want to get banned for putting up content that initially might appear bad (drugs....( but is in fact usefull as a reference material.

Any thoughts?

7:06 pm on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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So long as you are not doing anything that would be considered spam then I would not worry. Simply having a site that talks about drugs or medications is not spam. Having a site that talks about widgets, uses cloaking, redirects and repetitive keywords could get you penalized.
7:35 pm on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I suggest writing to Google support. They'll tell you whether they'll allow your particular site in spite of their prohibiting AdSense on prescription drug pages.
7:52 pm on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If it's legitimate content, then you have nothing to worry about.

The only thing you need to bear in mind would be the potential "stop" words in your text that would prevent adsense from appearing - use the alt ads feature to display alternate ads on these pages.

8:19 pm on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I honestly dont know what the "stop" words are. I changed "drugs" to "medications" where I could. There are ads showing.

The pages are about the drug interaction, dosages etc..

example:

Adenosine

Class
Endogenous nucleotide; antiarrhythmic

Description
Adenosine is primarily formed from the breakdown product of adenosine triphosphate
(ATP).

So you think my best course of action is to email the support email and ask if it is okay to use them? Ihave only been with them 5 days or so, I would hate to draw attention I guess or have them ban me with already having them up

9:13 pm on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I just submitted a lengthy letter to adsense describing the pages with links and whether or not I am allowed to display the in their current state. I left the ads in. I guess I have to wait and see, any bets on what they say?
12:58 am on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I wonder what those stop words are. Even a document dealing with child p*** (anti- of course) doesn't prevent the adsense-slots from being filled.
2:49 am on Dec 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>wonder what those stop words are

me too

1:09 am on Dec 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

I got a reply from google the next day. They didnt have a problem with the pages I had up or the type of content I was using in them.

I was suprised at the quick response and pleased. Just thought I should post this so a search later down the road finds this

5:50 pm on Dec 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've several Pharmacy related sites, wanted to place some adsense ads on them and sent email to google. They told me that I was not allowed to place their ads on my sites. Maybe thet have some terms about pharmacy sites. Some are allowed some are not . . .
2:25 am on Dec 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The AdSense "Program Policies" indicate, "Site may not include: ... Sales or promotion of prescription drugs". that's probably the one that affected you.
 

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