LinkedIn Not Labeling Google AdSense Ads

Apr 20, 2007 • 6:48 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense

Kevin Gibbons started a thread at our forums, Search Engine Roundtable Forums, noticing that LinkedIn is not properly labeling one of their Google AdSense ads as an advertisement.

Google requires that all ads should be labeled with "Ads by Google" or some other form of label so that people know these are ads.

The top, one line ad on the LinkedIn page is not labeled as such. There is an ad unit on the right side, in a box, that is labeled correctly. Here is a screen capture.


As you can see, there is nothing describing to a human user that this top link is an ad. If you mouse over the link, you can see that the destination URL takes you through a Google AdSense link.

Is this against Google's terms of service? I assume they are a premium publisher, but even premium publishers are required to mark the ads as ads.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Roundtable Forums.

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04/20/2007 01:03 pm

Yes, Gumtree also doesn't say they have google ads: (at the bottom) - also, the ads don't use javascript...??

Barry Schwartz

04/20/2007 01:25 pm

They label the ads as ads.

John Thornton

04/20/2007 02:10 pm

You have too much time on your hands.

Barry Schwartz

04/20/2007 02:21 pm

John, Thanks for reading.

Loren Baker

04/20/2007 02:32 pm

Not all premium publishers must mark their Google Ads as "Ads by Google." <a href="">MySpace does not</a>. Neither do many more.

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