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    I have been getting notices now suspending different ads I am running with Adwords Select because I am not identifying myself as an affiliate in my ads.



    <<Action taken: Suspended - Pending Revision
    Issue(s): Identify Affiliate Status
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    Read below for definitions of the issues we discovered:

    Identify Affiliate Status: Your ad text must clearly indicate your
    affiliate status by using the word “affiliate” in your ad text. This
    will provide clear, descriptive ads that help our users understand the
    nature of your site and your business.


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    We're confident these changes will improve the performance of your ads
    and increase the return on your investment. For more information on
    performance tips and ad requirements, please see:

    Optimize your ads:
    https://adwords.google.com/select/tips.html

    The AdWords Editorial Guidelines:
    https://adwords.google.com/select/guidelines.html

    Please feel free to email us at adwords-support@google.com if you have
    any further questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    The Google AdWords Team>>>


    So what they are now saying that if you are not the merchant and only an affiliate - you have to ruin your ad and your clickthrough rate by stating you are an affiliate. What a bunch of BS !!!!!


    Larry Wentz

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    It is not necessarily true that identifying the affiliate relationship will ruin your click-through rate. I have a number of campaigns where the affiliate relationship is explicitly stated, and clickthroughs range from 1% to over 10%. So don't despair!

    BTW, this is not new ... it has been in the ToS for months. You were flying under the editorial radar somehow!

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    Don't worry about it, just play by their rules

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    I'd argue than 97.2% of Google users don't know what an affiliate is in any case so will just ignore the term anyway. Oh and 86.7% of all statistics are just made up. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Were you bidding on trademarks or was it something more generic?

    Example: If someone bids on "Amazon" I don't think they should allow you to have that listing w/o stating you're an affiliate.

    If someone bids on "Buy Golf Clubs" but is an affiliate of a golf club store, I don't see the problem.

    Not an adwords user, but, apparently per Elisabeth its been in the TOS forever, so, play by the rules I guess! Like moo mentioned I don't think it is a big deal as a lot of people probably don't understand the term anyway! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    I thought only applied if you had a direct link to that Merchants site? But if you linked to your own site it was not required.

    i.e.

    "Buy Diamonds" linking directly to Mondera would need an affiliate declaration in it?

    Cheers

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    Put the word 'affiliate' on the 2nd line of the text, I read somewhere that 76.8% of shoppers never read the 2nd line, I think it was in one of Dynamoo's posts

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    You only need to put the word affiliate in if you have the merchants url listed as the url in the add. Some merchants advertise their own site in google adwords and this helps distinguish the merchant add from the affiliate ad.

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    Oh, and a recent survey showed that Dynamoo is right 99.02% of the time, lol.

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    They are starting to act exactly like OVERTURE!?!?

    I never had any problem with google adword. Last month they gaved me 1K hits.

    I love google!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by johnniebry:
    You only need to put the word affiliate in if you have the merchants url listed as the url in the add. Some merchants advertise their own site in google adwords and this helps distinguish the merchant add from the affiliate ad.

    May all your ups and downs be in bed<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


    That isn't the case as these are all my own websites that I am getting my ads now rejected on. I've noticed it is happening when I add new words to an ad campaign. A few hours later I get the suspension notice requiring me to use the word affiliate in my ad. It really is a stupid rule - they must of hired someone brainiac from Overture who created that one.

    Larry Wentz

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    So far i must be flying under the radar but i'm sure i'll get my notice soon. I figured they would have told when they sent me emails this week about redoing one of my ads for repeating a word too much. I got the notice about not being able to use the word 'online' in the title. I guess they must just be getting around to doing this because when i check google, most affiliate sites dont have 'affiliate' in the ad. It's no big deal if we have to use the word, it just takes away the already limited ad space we have.

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