‘Online Gambling’ Category

Important Reminder: Prohibited Adword Campaigns

March 10th, 2009

We know of a guy who found a product he absolutely KNEW would be a big seller, and all he had to do was use Adwords, he just KNEW it. He acquired the product, wrote a business plan, set up his company, and – then – he found out it was against Google’s policy to advertise the product.  Important to keep this in mind. Check out Google’s Content Policy.  Among the prohibited items: academic aids (i.e., test-taking services), aids to pass drug tests, fireworks, miracle cures, tobacco and cigarettes, traffic devices (i.e., radar jammers), and weapons. Some items have restrictions, such as prescription  drugs, alcohol, and gambling (prohibited outside of Great Britian, Italy, France, and Spain.)
Are there ways around it? Sure, SEO for one (see this post). You could also try some other search engines or content advertising services that cater to specific categories, i.e. adult. But you’ll likely find many of the same prohibitions.  As you can see,  most of the restrictions have to do with existing laws and regulations, and you would have problems promoting such an item anywhere. Bottomline, plan your campaign all the way through before you dive in prematurely.

(Original content by www.richdogmillionaire.com)

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Internet Gambling Ban May Be Repealed

March 7th, 2009

There’s a move underway to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which banned online gambling in the United States three years ago. Congressman Barney Frank is leading the effort in Congress. “Advocates of lifting the ban say it is (an) impingement of personal liberty and estimate the United States could raise nearly $52 billion in revenue over the next decade by taxing and regulating Internet gambling instead.” Even the Attorney General of Utah, a state that is certainly not a friend of casinos or gambling, has called the ban a failure. The ban has failed like Prohibition failed. You still have online gambling but now it’s unregulated and untaxed. Additionally, the ban has hurt trade relations with the European Union.
The ban was attached to the SAFE Port Act of 2006 at the last moment and was passed at midnight on the day Congress adjourned for the elections.

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