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Google says that it will be unobtrusive and does not involve pop-ups... but how the heck do they "serve" the ad? They say "monetize and enhance your content pages" and "we take care of the rest by leveraging award-winning and proprietary Google search and page-ranking technologies"
They answer 42 questions in 7 categories but don't tell me what my visitor will see and how they intend to get him to click on their ad.
OK, I've worked it out now but why can't these sites speak English and make the facts clear. Surely the above would be an important question for any webmaster.
Sorry, my rant over :-)
Basically one of the first things i did was to look at their live examples they give on other sites, which seemed fairly intuitive.
Then i tried on just a few pages for a few days to see how it worked on my site on practice before introducing to other pages on a more broad scale.
Personally i found the instructions very clear, especially relative to those you may find on 95% of other affiliate/ad serving sites.
As the man said "Me too"
Try it on a few pages, see how it works, what the TOS really mean, what it pays (the payment terms are particularly oblique, but when you try it you see how much it actually pays on your sites)
Having tried it, I can see why the terms of payment are so convoluted. I could not make sense of them before trying. I do now;)
I'm having a bad week translating most corporate speak into something I can understand.
Whenever I get that mumbo jumbo I have a lurking suspicion that it's hiding something that I should know. 9 times out of 10 that suspicion is bourne out.
"(A) desire to offer customers a more thorough communication channel exemplifies its expertise and dedication to customer relationship management" usually means that they are so big that it'll take you 38 calls before you can speak to someone who can even understand your complaint.
"enhancing your online experience via proprietory multi-media delivery mechanisms" means a site that's runs at the speed of a inebriated slug...if it runs at all.
Not necessarily the best examples but you get the picture. What happened to English?
What happened to English?
The people with their fancy degrees have to do something to feel like they are earning their pay.
It is much worse in the legal field - where 99.9% of the people don't understand latin, but are forced to use latin phrases in legal documents to look cool.
Just imagine the poor people who have english as a second language. If we have trouble - what do they do?
Chris_R, actually I went to school and uni in India. It's a valid point you've got. You are turning away potential customers - like the non-native English speakers - by making things unnecessarily complicated.
As someone who grew up in a non-English speaking country I'm extra conscious about getting it correct, minor grammatical and spelling mistakes in these postings excepted :-)
Maybe I should join the plain English campaign.
I'm going back to Dilbert's site now. That was hilarious. Thanks for all your comments guys. Nice to know I'm not the only one who gets annoyed by this :-)