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Was this a blanket e-mail that was sent out or did someone at the 'plex see these very prominent ads with my URL on them and not realize the destination URL was different?
...arbitrage for referrals.
Other people are free to try whatever they want as long as they are willing to face the consequences.
But considering the pre-June 1st threads about Google closing some arbitrage-related accounts, I can't understand why anyone would want to try poking the bear in the other eye.
Paragraph 2, under the Referrals heading
For instance, if you have a website about dating and you run a "join an online dating service" ad. You might be competing with an Adwords ad for the company you have the referal ad for.
Hope that makes sense :)
I thought personal recommendations were 'okay' with referrals.
That was discussed in a prior thread. I don't remember which, but either ASA indicated it was OK or a post in the AdSense blog indicated it was OK.
edit: I believe this was what I remembered:
As always with AdSense, you may not directly incite users to click. However with referrals, since you have chosen to endorse a particular product, you are allowed to reasonably discuss it in your content and note that you can download or sign-up through the button.