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Adsense On Personal Site

Visitors will mostly be friends and relatives. Against the TOS?

     
9:29 am on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A friend of mine is about to get married. He and his future wife don't want to spend a lot of money on the wedding invitations. As an (even cooler) alternative, he wants to setup a website about their wedding, not weddings in general but about this particular wedding. To pay for the hosting costs, he plans to put AdSense on it. Now we all know that weddings are a very hot AdSense topic so he's probably going to get a few good clicks.

He intends to spread the word about the site by email to all their friends and relatives. Would you say that this is against the TOS or might be considered click fraught? He wouldn't mention the ads in either the emails or on the site itself. But nevertheless the whole thing is quite risky, wouldn't you say?

9:45 am on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For the sake of a few clicks here and there I would stay away from putting it on the site. It just doesn't seem worth the risk and worry.

I am sure SmartPricing would devalue the price per click very quickly anyway, having realised that it is not a consumer-focused website.

12:26 pm on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Since most (if not all) of the site's visitors wil be looking for information on that particular wedding and not weddings in general, the CTR would probably be quite low with very few conversions.
12:29 pm on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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IMHO a adsense staffer will take one look at a VERY personal site and instantly assume he is encouraging his friends and family to click.

This should be a no brainer.

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Hmm, ... yeah, I though so too. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks for your input, everyone!
2:42 pm on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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oh yes man he should just worry about the caterer, not the 5.00 a month hosting of the website.

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4:26 pm on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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IMO it's equal parts risky and tacky.
8:18 am on Apr 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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yeas against TOS
all ur visitors know u so they click from different locations and u rob the advertisers money
9:19 am on Apr 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want to know what is TOS?
9:43 am on Apr 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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TOS - Terms of Service
The rules that Google sets for using the Adsense program
[google.com...]
IIRC
10:27 am on Apr 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If your site gets more then 100 unique hits a day then go for it. But dont put adsense on your site yet. You might one day get a high referral rate if a lot of people sudenly link to you because you posted something "awesome" :p cause then problems might arise with the hosting. Adsense could pay that off then ;)