AdSense & IntelliTXT, Together At Last

I just got the word that Google has decided that only allowing me (and others like me) to run AdSense and IntelliTXT on the same page is not fair to all the other AdSense publishers who are not like me. Therefore, Google has ruled that AdSense can be used with other contextual advertising services, provided they do not look like Google ads. That means everyone can now run AdSense and Vibrant Media IntelliTXT on the same page!

This new rule applies to all contextual advertising service. Therefore, if you’re using Kontara, or any other contextual ad network, you can run them as long as they don’t look like Google ads. It is good to see Google finally give some good news after releasing their latest TOS update. The only problem I can see for new publishers is Vibrant Media requires 500,000 page views per month in order for a site to run IntelliTXT. But at least you can run it on pages with Google ads now!

With this ruling, Google is really putting the screws to Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN). If you wish to run YPN, it cannot show up on any pages with AdSense ads in them and the YPN ads must not use the same color scheme as the AdSense ads. Given that choice, many publishers will either give up YPN or give up Google. Google feels most will give up YPN because of AdSense superior ad targeting technology.

Now that Google has allowed everyone to run AdSense and IntelliTXT on the same page, I don’t feel so special anymore. 🙁

43 thoughts on “AdSense & IntelliTXT, Together At Last”

  1. Stephen says:

    We’re still special! We still have “Our People” at Google that we can email or call if we have problems 😉

    1. Leftblank says:

      Pfft, rich kids 😉

      1. Alex Becker says:

        I guess its all about connections.

  2. Allen.H says:

    Oh don’t you start whining now, i saw the Christmas they sent you 😉


  3. John that’s good news but Vibrant Media Intellitext rigidity is still unfair.

    You were admitted at the peak of your Digg-induced page view of 329,000+ and you have never cross the 500,000 mark with your blog, in fact you went as low as 185,000 during the low traffic period of December, 2006.

    They should give bloggers like us who are doing over 100,000+ page views per month a chance to come into Intellitext too.

    If ‘Almighty’ Google can bend, why not intellitext?

    1. Kiltak says:

      Since John is running Intellitext on the TechZone, he probably can grab the code and implement it on any site he runs, even if they have less then 500k page views…

      1. John Chow says:

        That is correct. Once you get the first site in, you can add any other sites you own no matter what the traffic level.

        1. Stephen says:

          You got it Pontiac! Big sites rule. Little sites drool 😉

          1. Michael Kwan says:

            I guess that makes me a drooler.

        2. Alex Becker says:

          Ha, I wish I had a website that had that many vies a month.

      2. Tyler says:

        Actually I do run a site with at least that many pageviews. Though we don’t do advertising on it.

        Though I don’t think I could use it for getting intelitext onto my blog though.

  4. Nate W. says:

    I am interested why Intellitext is so strict about letting new bloggers in. You would think they would want as many people as possible advertising them. It seems like a great service, but why the 500,000 pageview minimum?

    1. Ryan says:

      I think this is because they’ve got to provide enough clicks for their advertisers so that it is profitable for them. If the advertiser expects to convert a specific % of their clicks they want to ensure they get enough clicks to be profitable.

      1. Raghu says:

        Agreed, but the higher the entry criteria the tougher it will be to get people subscribed to use their service. But guess 500,000 is the magic number !

      2. Jane says:

        Ah, the good ole’ 80/20 rule in play…let the 20% of blogs that make the min reqs in and the 80%…well, just out of luck until they make something happen…I’m in the 80%, but I hope to make something happen!

  5. Scott Howard says:

    cool, and I never was a big fan of Yahoo anyway.

  6. HMTKSteve says:

    So John, you going to post this on TTZ ’cause I can’t submit your blog to Digg!!!

    1. Allen.H says:

      I don’t think it’s something you should submit from a blog, dozens already wrote about it. Maybe post directly to the TOS or something like that, but that’s not something unique that would hit digg’s frontpage. The digg culture around John’s blog might have got it there though, if the blog wasn’t banned =\


      1. HMTKSteve says:

        It’s already on Digg and Netscape.

        1. Leftblank says:

          Well, he’s not reporting new news though, it was all over the web a couple of days ago so adding it to Digg wouldn’t have much use in the first place 😉

          1. Alex Becker says:

            yea Digg wont appreciate it if its a double post

  7. Marc says:

    I think it’s great to see Google flexing. I think they’re realising that the all or nothing approach did alienate a segment of the market. This is their chance to be out there all over and try and prove themselves with their product.

  8. HMTKSteve says:

    I always felt their “there can be only one” tactic showed a lack of faith in their product…

    Then again, they might be looking at possible charges of being labeled a monopoly!

  9. Ryan says:

    Oh come on now, you’re still special. 😛

    I agree, it’s good to see Google opening up to something that, in all honestly, should be allowed anyway.

  10. Tyler says:

    Nice to see Google allows others to play nicely with them. Though I don’t get 500,000 pageviews a month. December I had 1500 pageviews and so far in Jan2007 I’m at 1800 pageviews. Where as in November of 2006 I had only 300 pageviews.

    So I’ve got a LONG way to go!

  11. As I mentioned over at ProBlogger, it is nice to see that Google is opening the door to competing ads. For smaller sites/blogs like myself, I am still trying to establish myself with Adsense so I don’t think I will be taking advantage of it any time soon.

    John, you can still feel special because a good number of us don’t qualify yet for the other ad programs that you use.

  12. If you wish to run YPN, it cannot show up on any pages with AdSense ads in them…

    – Is that correct? With the latest TOS changes doesn’t it mean that Google allows YPN on the same website as AdSense – but the YPN ads can’t look like AdSense ads?

    1. John Chow says:

      YPN ads has to look different from Google’s and are not allowed on the same page.

  13. Stew says:

    I’ve been running the two together for over a year :X

    Never had any problems… Ah well, at least I’m 100% legitimate now 🙂

    1. Leftblank says:

      I guess that makes you a lucky man then 😉

  14. Mubin says:

    Anyone know how they measure the 500,000 page views?

    Will they take awstats?

    1. Ryan says:

      I wonder the same thing, but I guess something like Google Analytics is pretty reliable.

  15. Alex Becker says:

    John- I noticed that you have an image ad from H&R block. I just remembered its tax season, This sucks.

  16. John Hood says:

    Great news! Now if only IntelliTXT would accept my blogs!

    1. Alex Becker says:

      haha Yea Im facing the same problem

  17. Jacob says:

    Are there any other programs that you recommend small webmasters to sign up for then? I know you mentioned in the post that IntelliTXT requires 500,000 views a month. I obviously don’t get that, but are there any other good programs that one should sign up for?

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I was wondering the same. What other ways can I try to monetize my blog other than with Adsense? Those product ads at the end of your posts… what network is that?

      1. Alex Becker says:

        I think those are TTZ media network.
        I myself am trying to get Text Link Ads.

  18. I wonder if Intellitext is at all flexible on the pageviews, for example 500,000 page views on some types of sites is largely low quality traffic, while my 200,000 or so are highly focused and draw a ton of specific search traffic. I’ll have to check with them on that.

  19. Raghu says:

    Good news for you biggies (other than John Chow ofcourse) that they can now run Adsense and IntelliTXT together.

    I really think that 500,000+ page views is way too high for an entry – any way it does not matter for me 🙂

    I try to use Kontera but unfortunately it does not seem to work efficiently at all for me – Is anybody using it ?

  20. Jane says:

    John…when you first registerd for IntelliTXT, what were the min requirements then?

  21. I say try for kontera first, i dont know what their payouts are compared to intellitext but i do know that I was accepted and i get far fewer than 500k

    Does anyone know anything about chitika? is it worth it? is it allowed with adsense?

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