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I got a tip on the adsense code

does this conflict the TOS?

     
11:48 am on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi. Adsense does have som few times were its shows public annouce..ads were there are no income from.

But this should be fixed by replacing AdSense defaults with paids ads like this:

<snip> (link doesent work, replace the xx out with the tt, just not to make an hotlink here from forum)

But does this break the TOS from AdSense program, and could that be enough to get your account canceled?

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[edited by: Jenstar at 1:19 pm (utc) on Aug. 19, 2005]
[edit reason] No URLS as per TOS, please! [/edit]

11:52 am on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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And if it does break the TOS in AdSense.. then i would like that a Admin or Moderator will remove or edit the link away in my post .
11:59 am on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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FWIW I feel it breaks the Adsense TOS/T&Cs since, in their own FAQs:

All you have to do is generate an AlternateURL for the ad sizes you display on your site. Then you simply place your AlternateURL into your AdSense code.

Nice idea though...

12:11 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>>But does this break the TOS from AdSense program, and could that be enough to get your account canceled?

I don't think there is a long way between breaking the ToS and getting your account canceled...

12:14 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I don't see (at all) what could possibly be against TOS.

Google themselves provide you the facility to set an alternative ad URL, it's in the settings page.

What I would be careful about it allowing any alternative ads to be served from anyone but my own server. I'd not trust them not to slip in their own ads from time to time...

12:26 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In Googles T&Cs:

including without limitation by not modifying the JavaScript or other programming provided to You by Google in any way, unless expressly authorized in writing by Google

(ii) edit, modify, filter or change the order of the information contained in any Ad, Link, Ad Unit, or Search Result, or remove, obscure or minimize any Ad, Link, Ad Unit, or Search Result in any way;
12:38 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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thank's, so what i get out of it, are that its not legal in google terms.
12:42 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Opti... there is no modification of the code though.

What this site is basically another ad co, giving you you affiliate URL for their advertisements.
Once you sign up, you insert your affiliate URL in to the 'alternate url' box.

For those familiar with the banner networks, this is the equivalent of serving "defaults". Or the equivalent of inserting your fastclick banner code into the Alternate URL box to serve a fastclick ad instead of a PSA.

Perfectly compliant with the AdSense TOS, but unless you are serving loads of PSAs you're unlikely to make a dime by switching your alt URL... since their min payout is $50.

100,000 site impressions - estimate 1% PSAs
That'd be 1,000 PSAs
Giving this site a generous assumption of $1/CPM, it'd take 5 million site impressions (ie. 50,000 AltURLs @ 1%) to make that min payout.

[edited by: MrAnchovy at 12:48 pm (utc) on Aug. 19, 2005]

12:48 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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there is no modification of the code though.

I'm not disagreeing, it's one of those Adsense grey areas which needs official clarification and that can only come from Adsense direct.

Personally I haven't seen a PSA on my sites in 12 months therefore I don't feel the necessity for it however I do still like the ingenuity of it:-)

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I'm not disagreeing, it's one of those Adsense grey areas which needs official clarification and that can only come from Adsense direct.

I'd disagree with it being in a grey area... this is one of the very reasons the Alternate URL option is there... to display other ad networks ads or our own advert/notice in place of PSAs.

While it's TOS-compliant, I would agree with the latter of your comments... there is little need for this, as most will never meet the minimum payout since PSAs are pretty much a rarity.

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I'd disagree with it being in a grey area... this is one of the very reasons the Alternate URL option is there... to display other ad networks ads or our own advert/notice in place of PSAs.

Gee...I need coffee, wake up Opti!

Of course you are completely correct...

To replace public service ads, enter a URL for alternate ads or select a color code here

Well clarified MrAnchovy:-)

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I don't see why this would be against TOS.
1:12 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's not, Adsense provides the option...it's me being dumb!
3:32 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You are talking about this I guess

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2:40 am on Aug 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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wait, WHAT?
clarify? PM the url? huh?