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Google Adsense Might Have Broken the Camel’s Back

Written by George Manty  · January 18, 2007

Google Adsense Terms of Service have just changed. Jensense has this great post about the ramifications of the change. Jensense should be in every Adsense advertiser’s list of feeds. She has always given great updates on the TOS for Google. At first she did it via posts on webmasterworld, but now she does it from her blog.

Anyway, Jennifer does a great job of making sense of the Adsense TOS changes and I highly recommend you check out her post.

It looks like none of the changes will affect my sites and blogs, but with all the restrictions I can see why Darren Rowse (who I first found this story from) says:

I’ve already heard from a number of publishers that if given the choice between AdSense and YPN that they’ll jump to YPN because of the less stringent requirements – this change has put one too many hoops to jump through in front of some publishers.

Google might have just added the straw that broke the camel’s back. Personally, I really like Adsense and I don’t plan on switching to YPN. However, the constant changes to the Adsense TOS are getting to be annoying. I do plan on experimenting with YPN at some point. It certainly has the advantage of being less restrictive and there is something to be said for that.

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5 Responses to “Google Adsense Might Have Broken the Camel’s Back”

  1. Matthew Jones on January 18th, 2007 12:04 pm

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  2. Leroy Brown on January 18th, 2007 3:24 pm

    Adsense is indeed becoming more and more of a PITA, in regards to conforming with all their rules.
    Too bad they make me a fair amount of money right now… it’d still be too much trouble to switch.

  3. George Manty on January 19th, 2007 8:19 am

    I don’t normally trade links with blogs that are under 3 months old. However, I will probably take you up on your deal.

    Let me think about it.

  4. Greg Ray on February 13th, 2007 9:08 am

    The team at Google has been very busy trying to get a handled on how webmaster’s are using Adsense code to montize their sites.

    As a publisher I welcome the changes. I have seen alot of attempts to ‘blend’ the ads into page. Some are so well blended (next to pictures and such) that it is misleading, which in turn cost me alot of money.

    I am glad to see the Google team cracking down on some of these sites.

  5. George Manty on February 13th, 2007 10:43 am

    I certainly understand your point of view. It’s actually why I rarely run Adwords campaigns on any sites. I usually select search only. However, if they keep changing their rules it makes it harder to maintain for us website owners and much less appealing.