AdSense Policy updates

AdSense have updated their policies today. Here’s a quick summary of the changes:

The main change is for those who send traffic to their pages with AdSense on them via Advertising. You now have to adhere to the same guidelines that AdWords users do with their Landing pages.

The other noteable change is that they now allow publishers to have 3 ‘link units’ per page instead of the previous 1. These link units are an interesting monetization strategy. I find that they do work quite well on some blogs (although on others they’re very low in their conversion) so I suspect that some publishers will be happy to be able to add a second and even a third unit to their pages.

Read more on the changes at the AdSense blog.

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  1. Matt Jones says:

    These changes sound like they are for the better, a well placed link unit can have a very high conversion rate (mine does) and they look far less tacky.

  2. A Marques says:

    I actually haven’t tried pacing any link units on my blog. I think the fact that 2 clicks are needed puts me a bit off. On the other hand, it’s a way to get more information to your readers but that means they will leave your site faster. Is it really worth it to have 3 of these?

  3. MenthiX says:

    “The main change is for those who send traffic to their pages with AdSense on them via Advertising.”

    Don’t they mean all Adsense publishers? It says:
    “We’re now requiring AdSense publishers to comply with the spirit of our Page Quality Guidelines. If you’re an AdWords advertiser, you might already be familiar with these guidelines, which are intended to provide a better experience for users, advertisers, and publishers alike. If you use any kind of online advertising, know that these guidelines encourage publishers to, among other things, create sites with simple navigation and substantial, useful content.”

  4. I just want lots and lots of money… more ads.. more money? Does that logic fit? or am I just kidding myself?

  5. A Marques says:

    Actually, I don’t think the “more ads=more money” logic truly fits. You might get some ad clicks from people visiting a site once, but if you have so many ads it gets badly seen from visitors (IMO). Those visitors probably won’t come back for another click. Also, shouldn’t be also considered the fact of ad dilution? I mean, with lots of ads you’ll end up showing many with low payment.

  6. Tantowi says:

    People hate to be advertised to and the main characteristic of a best Adsense blog is that that the ads do not really look like ads but more like extra links to click for more valuable information and tips.

  7. I was thinking there were some updates that were going to cripple some advertisers or publishers.

  8. Shaun says:

    The updates are definatly for the best.

  9. Jack Norell says:

    It’s a good update, but does it actually mean it will be policed/enforced?

  10. JuliaxXx says:

    Wish they would have some sort of admin tool where you can set your IP on there , so even if you are interested in the add they are representing you can click on it. So we don’t get click fraud notification.

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  11. Grace says:

    I think it’s easier to earn money via Adsense text units because you can click on any topic you want to see the ads you want, but it takes two clicks to earn money, so that evens it out.

  12. ahib0205 says:

    yeah… im agree with grace! Text units —> visitor can see directly