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Relevant ads on the results of the search

   
3:54 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I found a website that allows whois search. When I look for a specific domain (e.g. widgets.com), the result page displays "widget" ads.

Is it possible that mediabot visited every page of the search?

4:42 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It appears that when Google hasn't spidered a dynamic page, it targets adsense ads on the query string.

You can try it on any page showing adsense, do:

www.domain.com/page.html?q=keyword

Adsense will target on the keyword

5:46 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Huh? So does this mean, AdSense is in fact allowed on search result pages as long as they are spiderable? Is this a (known) exception of their policy or something based on individual cases?
7:05 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Well, it means Adsense works on search results (not really surprising since its derived from Adwords). It isn't allowed as per Google's TOS.
11:38 pm on Sep 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Wow, but there's nothing to say you can not append the query string to a regular, static html url to 'fine tune' the ads being displayed.

...is there?

12:14 am on Sep 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Until Google spiders the url with the query string, and provides ads based on the content of the original page..

Although I don't know if the query string (or url) content has any effect in the targeting of a spidered page.

3:32 am on Sep 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I had query strings from search engines appended to every url, since I thought it a nice service to keep placing this in my on-site search box (for further serching).

But after realizing that the adds where targeted on it, I got scared that it might be in violation with the TOS.

Since every page on my site can be regarded as a search page (it has a search box), however only for local searches. I feel a bit uncertain of where the line goes.

On search result lists, I display other types of ads.

But I wonder about publicly available referral pages? They are indexed by Google OK, and it leads to continous examples of rekursive searches. Often Yahoo searches ends up on the page where i dispaly Google search strings, and vice versa.
What do you think about AdSense ads on pages like that?

10:19 am on Sep 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You are not allowed to have ads on the search results pages, but you can have search form on the same pages as your ads.