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We ask that publishers not line up images and ads in a way that suggests a relationship between the images and the ads
I've been seeing this a lot lately as I've been browsing the web. I wonder if they'll start sending out warnings?
Why doesn't the adsense team take pity on the overworked webmaster and send out a monthly or fortnightly newsletter. Give us the information, don't have us hunting for it. I know that some wise guy will come along and make out it is my priority to read everything that is posted on these pages and the blogs and the policy pages and God knows where else.
But what if we were not to know about these pages!
One thing about the change in policy that worries me is that you only find out about it via the blog or on these forums.
It isn't a change in policy; it's a warning or reminder. Anyone who's read the program policies and the terms & conditions should know better than to trick readers with shady design techniques. And if some publishers lack common sense or honesty, or if they're too lazy to read the program policies and T&C, how is dumping them from the network a bad thing? On the contrary: It's good for advertisers, for Google, and for publishers who want AdSense to be around a while.
that's my 2c
sorry for bad english ;)
[edited by: encyclo at 1:53 am (utc) on Dec. 29, 2006]
[edit reason] language [/edit]
You are trying to justify your unethical behaviour by the purported actions of MFAs? Probably I read that wrong.
Perhaps you are only getting 1c clicks because that's all your clicks are worth, given your content, possible unintended/worthless clickthroughs from your site, and the calculations done by SmartPricing?
BTW, not all 1c clicks come from MFAs either. I have a pro-bono not-for-profit site that does not sell anything (and that existed before AdSense), so I have to keep traffic costs as low as possible. My bids are anything from ~2c up to ~50c depending on the quality of the traffic. I'll take less-good traffic that includes deceptive/crap sites if it is cheap enough to keep my cost-of-conversion OK. Sometimes 1c is not low enough and I end up blocking another garbage site...
[edited by: DamonHD at 9:34 pm (utc) on Dec. 28, 2006]
big G is loosing control in both sectors i think, and maybe it's time to move to other aff program
I mean, come on guys, please dont tell me that google did not know or benefit from such techniques.
the site later removed the images and changed the layout, but nevertheless he had it in production for at least a year.
I've used it on a number of pages with a varying levels of success, and after i removed all images I've observed only an infinitesimal impact on the revenue.
[edited by: jatar_k at 4:13 am (utc) on Jan. 7, 2007]
[edit reason] no urls thanks [/edit]