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Replacing Google Adsense Ads with your own Ads.

Would google be bothered?

8:37 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am considering replacing Google Ads on one of my sites with similar looking Ads that will link straight through to some of the merchants that I am affiliated to.

Has anyone else considered this? Do you think Google might get upset and cancel my account (which I will continue to use on other sites) if the Ads looked too similar?

Of course I will take out ads by google...!

9:27 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Obviously, the TOS doesen't say anything about that.
But I wouldn't play with fire.
Besides, many people here would change the Google ads format if they could.
You should be able to design a new formatting with even better CTR.
9:33 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The TOS states that you shouldn't create ads deliberately to look like Google's.


10:35 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm not sure the TOS does prohibit this. It says

This would also include ads throughout the site that mimic Google ads or otherwise appear to be associated with Google on your site. Although you may sell ads directly on your site, it is your responsibility to ensure these ads do not mimic Google ads.

If you have replaced ALL of Googles ads on a site then the TOS doesn't apply to that site anymore.

However, the real answer to this question remains the same - design some better ads.

1:40 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I also want to do this. On my homepage the ads perform very poorly (3-5 cents) while in my interior pages I get .10-.75 It woudl be heaven for me to be able to replace my homepage block with 3 ads that earn me affiliate commission as opposed to a dismal 3 cents. To me its not worth my visitor leaving for 3 cents (especially without reading ANY of my content) but the ads look so nice there! grrr :)

What if i did something like center or right justify the self made link ads? Woudl this be enough of a difference?