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AdSense in China Takes Initiatives to Protect Publishers  (View post)

JohnMu [PersonRank 10]

Friday, June 15, 2007
12 years ago3,873 views

The issue would be easy to solve if each Adsense element had a hash of the publisher ID and the domain name in it. You have to generate the Adsense elements in Google's online generator anyway (;-)), adding the domain name (or even part of the URL) to the javascript code would be simple. At the same time, you could even use that to remove the publisher ID (encrypt instead of hash) from being publicly visible.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"AdSense China has a new feature (...) they call it Allowed Sites."
> Is it new only on Chinese interface of Google AdSense? Because it's available on English, French, Spanish (...) version since some months.
Or I didn't understood all :-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Really Tom, how can you get to this feature in the English interface?

Amit Agarwal [PersonRank 3]

12 years ago #

This is a good move for sure.

In the past I have a bad experience where my Adsense publisher ID was put on some porn website and I received an email from Google saying you are showing ads on pages that are against policies.

The issue was quickly resolved but still this latest feature will prevent such cases from happening.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This feature is not about protecting yourself from having your AdSense publisher ID appear on other sites. It's about protecting yourself from Google kicking you out of the AdSense program.

The ideal situation (which is admittedly hard to implement) would be to allow your publisher ID to appear anywhere, but for Google to only display ads when the ID appears on pages that meet its criteria.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yes is good.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I wonder if Tom is thinking of the "Account Access" feature (under the My Account tab) that gets triggered when doing something like trying to add Adsense using the built-in version in Blogger. It asks for permission to add the domain to an allowed list, but in this case it is because it wants to share report data and let you administer the account through the allowed domain.

Aside from that I haven't seen a feature like the one described in the post.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

> It's about protecting yourself from Google kicking you
> out of the AdSense program.

I recently heard of a case [via Oren G.] where someone was warned that he's violating the AdSense ToS; he got back to Google (Israel) telling them "It's not my site you're talking about!", upon which they likely misunderstood him and removed his AdSense account – which generated his income!

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oh OK OK
As usual, Niraj is right, I was thinking about "Account Access", which seems to have the same aim of what Keith was talking.
Don't acte :)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

lol!

Sen [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I browsed the site. But I haven't seen a feature like the one described in the post.

thechinaperspective [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Interesting, this is the first time I've heard of this problem, what is the motivation of a spammy/porn site to use someone else's adsense publisher ID? They obviously won't make money off of it, is it just purely malicious?

Barry Schwartz [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

This is not just in China.

I received official word from Google on this back on June 15th.

More info at seroundtable.com/archives/0138 ...

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