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Sure. I'm 50-50 that I'm about to decline. Granted, I'm not a big adsense player but I had intentions of growing that area substantially over the coming year. Now however I'm going to consider starting to pull adsense ads off all my quality sites. And seriously considering pulling them off a few junk MFA's I've got. (and by junk MFA's site's that I've got, I mean to say 'a friend of mine's sites').
So, ads come off some of my top quality sites in competitive industries. Ads come off some MFA's (though they're not really that bad). And I decide to grow in a different direction instead of doing more adsense.
Admittedly, I'm only considering this because I'm starting to become a conspiracy theorist about the amount of info Google's collecting. Used to be worried about just myself, but this TOS change raises the spectre of my contributing to Google tracking of my visitors. It's easier for me to dump out than worry about my visitors being tracked by some third party company - particularly when there's precious little info about what's actually going on.
One of the link development forum moderators here, sugarrae, recently blogged about folks like me - to lazy-assed to monetize a site through anything other than adsense. Time to get off my wide butt and do something else with these sites. It's actually a good time for us all to consider if we couldn't make more money by monetizing things differently. Me, maybe I'll sell unprotected links...(I'm kidding!).
Time to get off my wide butt and do something else with these sites. It's actually a good time for us all to consider if we couldn't make more money by monetizing things differently.
OK, but if you're really concerned about your "visitors being tracked by some third-party company," you'd better not use any ad networks, third-party ad servers like DoubleClick or ZEDO, or affiliate programs.
But it's not as black or white as what you've stated. There's a world of difference between affiliate tracking and broad tracking of visitors across a wide variety of sites. Particularly when it's something as deeply integrated into the web as adsense.
There's a world of difference between affiliate tracking and broad tracking of visitors across a wide variety of sites. Particularly when it's something as deeply integrated into the web as adsense.
What about other ad servers and ad networks?
If you're genuinely serious (or paranoid) about user privacy, why risk outsourcing ad serving to any third party?
I wonder how many users think twice before registering for online newspapers, social-networking sites, or forums like this one that can easily track the interests of their readers if they want to do so?
Cookies and "third-party pixel tags".
I've been following this thread and one thing is clear, Google did't tell us what to do.
Well, it's either they *don't know* or they simply *don't care*
did you consider this? they might not care?
If they don't, how/why should I?
*click* AGREE *pffft* heh
accounts I know of got this new T&C in all kinds of languages.
The text made no sense. ( and this is not a pun )
It's like as if someone sent out the draft instead of the final version.
Oh legally it's top notch. It's just the details that are as good as leaving them __________ instead of filling them up with the overly generic stuff and saying 'ok, we passed the word'.
if Google wants us to clear *them* to be EU (or anything else) compliant so bad, they should post some guidelines and not just this generic legal whatever. Oh I get it they were probably 'forced' to do this.
But oh, wait. Who the hell cares?
I need to make THEM compliant?
Cool, but of course it's not up to me to guess HOW I should do this, right?
You know this coming from the company that has blackmailed the industry into the 'don't post/don't test half-finished sites live' policy, is kind of amazing. I'm part amazed part curious when it comes to their business practices, but this one... wow. It's not the impact, it's the tendency... the trend of one department being two weeks ahead of another and playing with their main products as if these half-baked releases didn't affect sites, people and nerves.
Apart of this coming at a time at which I am aleady checking into alternatives for a wide variety of sites... in general, making people angry is not good. Especially not if you're an SE, and the person is an SEO.
pushed the button already anyway
To some sites G sends me ads in at least 3 languages.
Should I have two or more PPs?
Should I translate them myself?
(I hardly speak some of the languages I use for my sites)
Well, it's either they *don't know* or they simply *don't care*
A "monster" like Google? Google cheating and abusing? If you don't like them avoid them and don't make money with Adsense, created by a monster that cheats and abuses ...
But no one has reported to have directly asked Google
I would guess that it does not have to be linked to every page on your site. It just has be linked in some way, and able to be found by someone looking for it.
Further down on the page is the following:
Note: If you choose not to accept these Terms and Conditions, you will not be able to continue using AdSense. You can resume access by logging in and accepting these Terms and Conditions by May 25, 2008 "<<
Yes, I see that, but that is ONLY if you CHOOSE the third option. If you do not select the 3rd option, and only select nothing but the second option, then that note does not apply. In other words, NOT selecting ANYTHING (or selecting 2 ad infinitum), is obviously not the same as choosing to NOT accept them by selecting option 3. By providing the clickable action option to reject them, and not stating that inaction assumes either acceptance or rejection, it implies inaction in regards to accepting or rejecting (i.e. picking option 2) IS a separate legitimate option with a separate set of consequences, specified solely as stated therein under option 2. Hey, THEY wrote the option wording poorly, not me :). Just me being a wisea-- as usual.
the jest was to tell me it varies from country to country and to ask my question in their forums
Isn't Google sometimes simply hilarious? They put up an intimidating message on the control panel to accept the new T&Cs and threaten to cancel the contract if you don't accept, but then they don't know what exactly they want, and ask you to ASK IN THEIR FORUMS for clarification. What's next? Send a message to Sergey? Maybe he knows?
Ah. That's so very funny. (Except, it isn't when you really think about it.)
Mine can be found from the home page, but not directly in one click... it would take two clicks.