Amazon Omakase Links Program – an AdSense Killer?

July 25, 2006 by has unveiled the much anticipated, at least to some people, context sensitive ad box which works similar to Google AdSense.

A brief explanation about the Omakase

Omakase – leave it up to us! Omakase links will show an Associate’s visitors what they’re most likely to buy based on Amazon’s unique understanding of the site, the user, and the page itself. To create Omakase links, simply modify the template and appearance elements below and copy the resulting code on to your page. Then leave the rest to Omakase!

To get to the Omakase links area, just login into your Amazon Associates accounts and click on “Build Links”

Despite the various customizable options available, I do not think this is an AdSense killer yet. You’ll only get paid when someone purchases a product and not when someone clicks one the box. So if you’ve low traffic sites or blogs, you’d probably do better with AdSense or Chitika.

In addition, I’d imagine Omakase links will do well on ecommerce sites too where most visitors are in the buying mindset.

As you may have guessed, Omakase links and AdSense links cannot exist together on the same page without violating the Google AdSense terms of service. This is because you are not allowed by Google to use other services that also contextually generated dynamically based on the content on the individual pages.

I might give this a try on some of my sites.

Check out AskDaveTaylor for a more detail explaination.

[via Shawn Collins]

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Comment by jeetu
2006-08-25 05:20:22

Adsense can co-exist with Omakase! Google guys have cleared that!

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