MyLinksMyAds Marries Twitter & AdSense

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A new service launched this month that allows Twitter users to tweet while making money with AdSense, AdBrite, and in the future, other advertising networks.

MyLinksMyAds will convert your tweet links into a different link, which redirects to a framed page displaying your AdSense creative in the frame.

That is, anytime you tweet something that contains a URL, MyLinksMyAds changes the URL such that when someone else clicks on it, they're taken to a page with a top-frame containing the AdSense creative...

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The top frame illustrates MyLinksMyAds

As of this writing, 100% of the impressions displayed in the frame are from your AdSense, or other advertising network account. But soon that will change to where MyLinksMyAds will split the impressions 75/25 with you taking 75%.

I learned of MyLinksMyAds from a tweet from Brian Schneider, who appears to be its creator. Looking through his list of tweets, it appears he's running an automated tweet service that's spamming thousands of Twitter users, including myself. I managed to scroll through his twitter feed and found a tweet where he claims to be a Google employee, though obviously MyLinksMyAds is not a Google project.

From my perspective, it seems MyLinksMyAds violates AdSense's Program Policies. Specifically in two places...

Under "Ad Placement"...

Google ads, search boxes or search results may not be:

* Integrated into a software application of any kind, including toolbars.

And under "Copyrighted Material"...

AdSense publishers may not display Google ads on webpages with content protected by copyright law unless they have the necessary legal rights to display that content.

It appears that MyLinksMyAds fits the description of "software application of any kind", and I'll even go on to say that the top frame satisfies the spirit of a browser toolbar.

Moreover, it also violates AdSense's Copyrighted Material policy, displaying your ads on other people's content.

But even besides that, I only have 307 twitter followers as of this writing, and anytime I tweet a link to one of my websites, hardly anyone clicks on it. MyLinksMyAds is perhaps worthwhile for someone with 10,000+ followers.

So, should you sign up for MyLinksMyAds and participate? Is it a violation of AdSense's Program Policies? Well, it's your AdSense account, I'll let you decide.

5 comments:

Brian said...

Thanks for the write up Steve.

W.R.T:
"AdSense publishers may not display Google ads on webpages with content protected by copyright law unless they have the necessary legal rights to display that content"

I don't believe MLMA is a webpage displaying ads with content protected by copyright, as the content is show on the originating page, similar to pages views using stumbleupon.

As far as the toolbar issue is concerned, I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.


Anonymous said...

I certainly wouldn't risk my AdSense account to try this . . .

On the AdSense forums I am a Top Contributor and the matter has been raised by others for attention of AdSense staff.

It is foolish to play games with AdSense policies for a bit of potential extra revenue.

Bad idea (for AdSense). . .


Brian said...

apparently hootsuite had this feature as well, but removed it due to changes in their business model: http://blog.hootsuite.com/new-release-beta-v30-rss-feeds-adsense-integration-hootlet-plus-more/


Steve Johnson said...

Brian, check out this link, it says you cannot display AdSense on Frames...

https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=105956


Brian said...

check mate, you win. Adsense has been removed as an advertising option. Cubics and AdBrite are now offered, with more to come in the coming weeks.


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