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Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about it. I just wonder when/if that will change. It might be part of the strategy to get as much market share as possible while they have the lead. It provides a bit of a filter while still allowing fast growth of the program.
For example, I set up a site with perfectly legit content. I had adsense code from my main account on it when I was testing it under IP address. It showed very relevent high CPC ads. When I launched it I submitted it to Google for adsense because it is a site that I own 100% by myself. The other account is split with a partner. It did not get approved.
If I had put the adsense code on from my existing account I would be getting paid per click right now. As it stands I won't do that because it was explicitly turned down by Google. It's a good, but new, site. Small but helpful.
This is the hole that I am referring to. A site that did not get approved by Google even though it will serve relevent ads could have been successfully in the program if I had just added it to my current account.
Their reasons for disaproval are rather arcane, and that is why their TOS is explicit about it. No reason why you shouldn't run adsense.
In fact if they know you already have an account they'll explicitely say that you won't get another one and to use your existing account.
I applied too early. The site only had six pages in Google's main index. So the application was turned down (certain standards blah, blah...)
I didn't reply to the rejection mail, but sent a query through the "contact Google" link after logged in to Adsense from my own account, asking if it still was OK to show the ads from that account on the rejected site.
It took almost a week before I got an answer, but it was worth waiting for. Suddenly they had changed their minds, and would aprove the newer site. A couple of minutes later the acceptance mail came through for the new site.
So, don't give up. Ask nicely, and the mighty G might change it's mind.
It seems to me to be a big loophole that Google allows someone with an approved site to put the code on any other site they control. Many of those sites probably wouldn't get approved on their own.This is probably my biggest issue with Adsense. I have always felt that all sites should be approved. If people put the code willy nilly on any old site, it will degrade the program and we'll lose advertisers and revenue.
4. Can I show ads on more than one site?
Yes, and you don't even have to let us know because we'll automatically detect new sites that contain the AdSense ad code. The HTML code we provide you with is valid for any page in any site on which you want to display AdWords ads. However, you may only display AdWords ads on sites that you own or on sites that you are legally authorized to act on behalf of for the purposes of Google AdSense. We also monitor all sites in AdSense to ensure that all pages displaying AdWords ads comply with our program policies.
1) Trying to keep publishers from using their code on more than one site (including unapproved sites) would be a constant battle, and--in terms of cost-effectiveness--it probably isn't a battle worth fighting.
2) Just as important, treating each of a publisher's sites as a separate entity would provide Website owners with a level of statistical detail that Google might not want to share.
Trying to keep publishers from using their code on more than one site (including unapproved sites) would be a constant battle, and--in terms of cost-effectiveness--it probably isn't a battle worth fighting.
I disagree that it would be costly to control. Assuming a site is defined as a host (host.domain.tld) it would be trivial for Google to check that the account matched the host it's assigned to. It would also be trivial for Google to assign multiple approved hosts to each account.
I also do not think u need to ask for clarification (though it is decent to do so) since the TOS clearly specify it is not required.
but then doesnt G TOS also say that they will review sites to which the code has been added and block / reject them if they r not suitable. So does this mean that Google is not checking on the sites that add the code based on an application approved for another site?