14.3.08

Privacy Policy For Adsense Publishers To Use

Just came to know from Jennifer Slegg's blog - JenSense - that Google now requires site owners who publish Adsense to post a privacy policy on their sites so as to advise visitors specifically about cookies and web beacons.

These new Adsense terms and conditions changes came about recently, and I believe publishers will be required to post this privacy policy notice on their sites probably by March 28. For more details I recommend you
read them at Jennifer's site. She's done a good job deciphering Google's new program policies and explaining the changes in an easy-to-understand post.

Jennifer has kindly offer an AdSense-friendly
sample version of a privacy policy that readers are welcome to use on their own sites.

Below is the sample privacy policy where I have filled the blank space with the name of this blog:


Privacy Policy for The NextPost.com

The privacy of our visitors to The NextPost.com is important to us.

At The NextPost.com, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you visit The NextPost.com, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files
As with most other websites, we collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Flock), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.

Cookies and Web Beacons
We do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums.

We also use third party advertisements on The NextPost.com to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing Singapore real estate ads to someone in Singapore, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing vacation ads to someone who frequents vacation sites).

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.


Of related interests:
Now You Can't Google With Other Ads...
Adsense Is Googling Again

5.3.08

Will SnapBomb Be A Snap For Bloggers?


There's a new kid on the block. We are referring to this paid-to-blog set-up with a snappy name - SnapBomb. If you are one of those die hard posties who writes paid reviews of products and services, you'll probably be shaking with excitement because this is another paid-to-blog platform for you to earn some moolah.

As with other previous paid-to-blog programs, this San Francisco-based company are addressing advertisers and bloggers to sign up with them and get the ball rolling. Buzz marketing or blog marketing is what they want.

By now, most of you who have gone down this path before would be fully aware of the terms and conditions that go with participation in this type of paid opportunity.

Since Google's PageRank slapfest last October, many blogs that suffered the punishment for getting involved with paid links and writing paid posts have gone "clean."

But still there's quite a significant number of blogs who are brushing aside Goog's dogma about such practices. This is where companies like SnapBomb and a few others are seeing that there's still business to be done in this arena.

SnapBomb's take on their program is not that much different from the other established paid-to-blog opportunities. They require a minimum of 150 words for a paid write-up and they have their own system of evaluating a blog based on its popularity, expertise, quality, traffic and feedback from the blog's posts.

Some of you may jump at this new offering but others may hesitate because SnapBomb "recommend that all bloggers clearly disclose that they are writing a sponsored post."

While other paid-to-blog companies are recommending that there should be no indication of "sponsored post" to avoid the wrath of Goog and other search engines, SnapBomb's recommendation may deter some bloggers from signing up. We are not sure whether this is an absolute requirement or not as SnapBomb only used the word "recommend."

In our perception, paid posts have declined since the PageRank slapfest because the right opportunities are few and far between right now. For those bloggers who have experienced higher pagerank but now with lower ranking or none at all, it's no longer appetising to write paid posts because of the poor payment. For those outside the USA, it's even worse as there's virtually no more opportunities worth talking about.

How SnapBomb perform in a lacklustre marketplace (in our view) remains to be seen. If they have something unique up their sleeves that could revitalize the interest in writing posts for money and not rub Goog up the wrong way, that would be great.
Of related interests:
Posties, beware! The Shadow Knows
Is LinkWorth Worth Your Time To Join?
Blogsvertise Are Doing Some Cleaning Up
Shocking Quality of Blog Reviews
Time To Get Smart With Smorty
Sponsored Reviews: How To Win The Waiting Game
Can You Do Review Me?