[theforum] BEO ads

David Kaufman david at gigawatt.com
Wed May 5 09:44:10 CDT 2004

> Lachlan Cannon wrote:
>> I seem to recall that (quite) a while ago, we decided to trial
>> adsense ads on beo. Where did this end up? Did we end up even
>> signing up for an account?

Martin Burns <martin at easyweb.co.uk> wrote:
> Don't know about signing up for an account (hey, isn't that the
> responsibility of theforum now ;-)), but William did put together a
> test page, which I'm sure he's going to cite the URL of rsn as I can't
> recall it.

William Anderson <neuro at well.com> wrote:
> http://browsers.evolt.org/adsensetest.php

David Kaufman <david at gigawatt.com> wrote:
> i suppose i would be in a good position to do this signup, since i can
> hook the revenue up to the bank account, and the evolt.org tax ID.
> can i get a, "Go for it, dude!" ?

Go for it, dude :-)

i'm going for it.  call me crazy, but whether this is a job for theForum
(now) or Finance, i nominate, elect and confirm myself to sign evolt.org up
for a google AdSense account.


i decided to do a "dry run", while awaiting the discussion here to die down,
by signing up one of my pet sites www.perldoc.net for AdSense.  perldoc.net
is basically just a manual page viewer for all the perl modules installed on
my web hosting account at pair Networks.

those pompous bastards at google declined my application!  they said they do
not allow "sites that contain predominately copyrighted material" into the
AdSense program as the reason for not approving me, and pointed me to their
published policies (which seem to me to preclude warez sites, not open
source perl documentation, but whatever).

so i googled this (a bit ironic, that) and my research led me to some
discussions that google AdSense really bases their approvals on a quick
review of the site to see if it meets their relatively high "content
threshold", i.e. sites that provide real, original content, as opposed to
repurposed, republished perl docs, for instance (no matter how stylishly
done, apparently!).  this makes sense, to me.  they want their quality ads
on quality pages where people go to read quality content, not computer
generated crap like perldoc.net ...or evolt's browser archive, perhaps.

so i i will apply for a google AdSense account, but i won't use
http://browsers.evolt.org as the "site" on the application.  i'll submit the
application for all of www.evolt.org -- this way they'll see the original
"high content threshold" weo articles, and approve us without question.
we're then free to place the adsense ads on any parts of the evolt we deem
appropriate.  their published policies state this explicitly -- we don't
*have* to put their ads on the home page -- though at some point we might
decide to, and in this way, we'll be free to do that, too.


All in favor: Say Nothing.
All opposed:  Say Nay!


-dave "It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count
the votes" kaufman

[-- copy of the rejection letter i got for my PERLDOC.NET site --]

Google AdSense <adsense-support at google.com> wrote:
> Hello David,
> Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. After reviewing your
> application, our program specialists have found that the website
> currently associated with your account does not comply with our
> policies. Therefore, we're unable to accept you into Google AdSense at
> this time.
> We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below. If
> you are able to resolve these issues, please feel free to reply to
> this email for reconsideration when you have made the changes.
> Issues:
>   - Page type
> ---------------------
> Further detail:
> Page type: Your website is a type of website that we do not currently
> accept into our program. Such websites include, but are not limited
> to, chat sites, sites that contain predominately copyrighted
> material, and sites that drive traffic through cybersquatting.
> ---------------------
> For a complete list of AdSense criteria, please visit:
> https://www.google.com/adsense/policies?hl=en_US
> https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?hl=en_US
> If you would like to submit another website for consideration, simply
> reply to this email and provide us with the URL. If this new website
> complies with our program policies, we will help you start delivering
> AdWords ads in minutes.
> Please contact us at adsense-support at google.com if you have any
> questions.
> Regards,
> The Google Team


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