BlogRush Concerns Alleviated by Google AdSense Team?

Sep 18, 2007 • 9:35 am | comments (5) by twitter | Filed Under Google AdSense
 

Yesterday, I reported that DigitalPoint Forums members were concerned that a new widget, BlogRush, might be in violation of Google AdSense. Today, a new DigitalPoint Forums thread has emerged from a member who asked AdSense support if it was safe to participate.

Google's answer is that they don't condone it.

Thanks for checking in with us. We don't encourage or endorse the use of a program like this Thus, we're unable to give specific advice regarding BlogRush.

It's kind of a non-answer, as forum members say.

While I can see the concern, I don't think that BlogRush would conflict at all with Google AdSense since there's no confusion with ads and nobody is asking anyone to participate in clicking on ads. A forums member puts it this way:

Isn't this just like some sort of blogroll when two owners of blogs link each other ?

Exactly!

However, in another DigitalPoint Forums thread, a more understandable response is given by Google:

Thanks for your email. I understand that you'd like to have more traffic visiting your site. However, while we're unable to comment on any particular program or service, we do not recommend the use of any program that artificially drives traffic to your site. Use of these programs may lead to activity on your site that artificially inflates an advertiser's cost or a publisher's earnings, which would violate the AdSense program policies (https://www.google.com/adsense/policies) and Terms and Conditions (https://www.google.com/adsense/terms).

However, as I said yesterday both here and on my personal blog, I think the entire BlogRush program is overrated; there's way too much hype about it, and the traffic generation, if anything, will be minimal. Despite this, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Forum discussion continues at DigitalPoint Forums (thread 1) and DigitalPoint Forums (thread 2).

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Comments:

Olivier

09/18/2007 04:11 pm

Thanks for the nice analysis. I was not aware of this problem. I also use the BlogRush tool. Both for generating traffic to my blog and looking around what other people blog about. I do not see in what way it is different than having a technorati account and doing searches there. They are a bit more targeted in the technorati case, but I like a good discovery.

mblair

09/20/2007 11:38 am

Try as I might I can't think of any way that BlogRush could be construed as a program that artificially drives traffic. There is nothing artificial about it. People click on links that are clearly labeled with your blog's title and the title of the specific post they wish to read. There is more to worry about promoting StumbleUpon -- that is much close to automatic traffic. But I think the same could be said about the little pair of dice I see on my Google toolbar so I figure if its good for the goose its good for the gander...

PrintnPost

09/25/2007 04:40 pm

I Do not see at ALL how Blogrush does not fit with the TOS. It is a network Blogroll.

D

10/23/2007 06:33 pm

BlogRush accepted a lot of members and got them to promote their service. And how did BlogRush repay them? They deactivated their blogs and removed them from the system. They did this to over 10,000 people just this weekend. I can see sites not accepting a submision. But don't accept someone's submission, get them to promote your site, and then turn around and screw them over. I would recommend using a legitimate blog submission service. You might just find that you put BlogRush on your blog and promote it, and when they are done using you, they will screw you over too.

Haroun Kola

08/02/2008 11:18 am

Thanks for this blog post. I'm evaluating blog rush and wondering about the effects on my Adsense account

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