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12:17 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I was wondering if it is against the TOS to ask visitors to click on those product referrals, download, and install them.
12:29 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You'd best read the TOS, or you could loose all your earnings.

Yes, totally and utterly against the TOS. :)

12:54 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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to ask visitors to click on those product referrals, download, and install them.

Just a cursory look through the T&Cs brings up this:

Incentives

Web pages may not include incentives of any kind for users to click on ads. This includes encouraging users to click on the ads or to visit the advertisers' sites as well as drawing any undue attention to the ads. For example, your site cannot contain phrases such as "click here," "support us," "visit these links," or other similar language that could apply to any ad, regardless of content. These activities are strictly prohibited in order to avoid potential inflation of advertiser costs. In addition, publishers may not bring unnatural attention to sites displaying ads or referral buttons through unsolicited mass emails or unwanted advertisements on third-party websites. Publishers are also not permitted to use deceptive or unnatural means to draw attention to or incite clicks on referral buttons.

The above specifically refers to "users to click on ads" and "use deceptive or unnatural means to draw attention to or incite clicks on referral buttons."

Vague, very vague, I would ask, it does not specifically say NOT to ask visitors to click on referral buttons and asking visitors directly would not be deceptive nor unnatural, would it?

I doubt they want you to do that however there's no harm in asking.

2:11 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Asking visitors to click would in fact be an "incentive." I think the description was left vague so as to make it applicable broadly knowing that those wanting to cheat would look for loopholes..

If they listed ten thousand "don'ts" specifically someone would think up an incentive that wasn't specifically prohibited.

8:38 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure it's been covered before, but the referral button is not an Ad and, as I understand it, payment is for the action (downloading from the subsequent link) rather than the initial click on the referral button.

If you are in any doubt, check with Google, but I think:
a) It would be accectable to provide instructions and explanations such as - "click on the referral button to download products" provided everything is made clear to the visitor, and the payment requires some subsequent action following the initial click.
b) It would not be acceptable to mislead people to send them to your page with the referral button.

2:27 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i have seen many websites , saying please click links on left right up down to proceed , all ads dont know why google dont see those , may be those people just visit only google own websites nothing else
2:49 pm on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i have seen many websites , saying please click links on left right up down to proceed

Yeah, and they seem to survive with impunity for years however just you try it and see how quickly you get banned!

It's like illegal parking, everyone else can get away with it but you:-(

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yes google play biased game , anyways we are happy playing safe and earning less ( and increasing slowly) then to get banned.
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The way I understand it with referrals, you can RECOMMEND the product, or REVIEW it (right next to the button or link) but you can't specifically say to click on it or download it.
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Yeah, and they seem to survive with impunity for years however just you try it and see how quickly you get banned!

It's a simple mater of how alert the competition is.

If you break the TOS (as is being suggested above), you may 'get away with it' - or you may get reported tomorrow. For me, practically as well as ethically, I just place the code, and leave it alone.