SearchMan Advertising Guidelines

Date of last revision: May 10, 2013

SearchMan Advertising Guidelines

Advertising Philosophy

At SearchMan, we believe that ads should contribute to and be consistent with the consumer’s overall user experience. The best ads are those that are tailored to individuals based on keywords that reflect that user’s interests and the brands, artists, and businesses they care about. These guidelines are not intended to serve as legal advice and adherence to these guidelines does not necessarily constitute legal compliance. Advertisers are responsible for ensuring that their ads comply with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations.


A.Our Advertising Guidelines consist of advertising content criteria and other applicable requirements.

B.The Ad Guidelines apply to all ads and commercial content (“ads”) served by or appearing on SearchMan (including ads purchased under AAAA/IAB Standard Terms and Conditions).

C.Ads must not contain false, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive claims or content.

II.Data and Privacy

A.No data collected, derived or obtained from or in connection with a SearchMan ad, including SearchMan’s delivery of an ad, and SearchMan users’ interaction with a SearchMan-served ad (such as information derived from targeting criteria) (“SearchMan advertising data”) may be received or used by an entity not acting on behalf of a SearchMan advertiser.

B.You may not use SearchMan advertising data for any purpose (including retargeting, commingling data across multiple advertisers’ campaigns, building or augmenting user profiles, or allowing piggybacking or redirecting with tags), except on an aggregate and anonymous basis to assess the performance and effectiveness of your SearchMan advertising campaigns.

C.You may use information provided directly to you from users if you provide clear notice to and obtain consent from those users and comply with all applicable laws and industry guidelines.

D.You may not directly or indirectly transfer or sell any data to, or use such data in connection with any ad network, ad exchange, data broker, or other party not acting on behalf of an advertiser and the advertiser’s SearchMan advertising campaigns. By indirectly we mean you cannot, for example, transfer data to a third party who then transfers the data to an ad network.

III.Ad Creative and Positioning

All components of an ad, including any text, images, or other media, must be relevant and appropriate to the product or service being offered and the audience viewing the ad. Ads may not contain audio or flash animation that plays automatically without a user's interaction. Ads may not position products or services in a sexually suggestive manner. Ads may not contain content that exploits political agendas or "hot button" issues for commercial use. Additionally, ad text must include proper grammar and the use of all symbols, numbers, or letters must adhere to the true meaning of the symbol.

A.    Accuracy

Ads must clearly represent the company, product, service, or brand that is being advertised. Products and services promoted in the ad copy must be clearly represented on the landing page, and the destination site may not offer or link to any prohibited product or service. Additionally, ads may not suggest false relevancy to generic offers.

B.    Attribution

Ad text may not assert or imply, directly or indirectly, within the ad content or by targeting, a user's personal characteristics within the following categories:

i.race or ethnic origin;

ii.religion or philosophical belief;


iv.sexual orientation or sexual life;

v.gender identity;

vi.disability or medical condition (including physical or mental health); status or information;

viii.membership in a trade union; and

ix.criminal record.

C.    Destination Sites

Ads must lead to a functioning landing page that does not interfere with a user's ability to navigate away from the page.

D.    Images

Ads may not include images comprised of more than 20% text.

E.    Targeting

Ads must always apply appropriate targeting and never use targeting criteria to provoke users. Ads for regulated goods and services (e.g. alcohol and gambling), and ads for dating services, contraceptives and subscription services must abide by all applicable laws, regulations, and industry codes.

IV.Ad Content

Advertisers must ensure that their ads comply with all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines. All claims in ads must be adequately substantiated. Ads must not offend users. Ads and any offers promoted within ads must not be false, deceptive or misleading or contain spam. Ads must not contain or promote illegal products or services. Ads must not violate the rights of any third parties. The following specific content guidelines apply:

A.    Adult Products

Ads may not promote the sale or use of adult products or services, including but not limited to toys, videos, publications, live shows, or sexual enhancement products. Ads for family planning and contraception are allowed provided they follow the appropriate targeting requirements.

B.    Alcohol

i.Ads that promote or reference alcohol are prohibited in the following countries: Afghanistan, Brunei, Bangladesh, Egypt, Gambia, Kuwait, Libya, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and any other jurisdiction where such ads are prohibited by law.

ii.Where permissible, ads that promote or reference alcohol must: (i) Comply with all applicable local laws, required or recommended industry codes, guidelines, licenses and approvals and (ii) apply age and country targeting criteria consistent with SearchMan's targeting guidelines and applicable local laws. Where a user's age or country cannot be determined, the ad must not be displayed to the user.

C.    Dating

Ads for adult friend finders or dating sites with a sexual emphasis are not permitted. Ads for other online dating services must adhere to the dating targeting requirements and the name of the product or service must be included in the ad text or image.

D.    Drugs and Tobacco

Ads may not promote or facilitate the sale or consumption of illegal or recreational drugs, tobacco products, or drug or tobacco paraphernalia.

E.    Gambling and Lotteries

i.Ads that promote or facilitate online gambling, games of skill or lotteries, including online casino, sports books, bingo, or poker, are only allowed in specific countries with prior authorization from SearchMan.

ii.Lotteries run by government entities may advertise on SearchMan, provided that ads must be targeted in accordance with applicable law in the jurisdiction in which the ads will be served and may only target users in the jurisdiction in which the lottery is available.

iii.Ads that promote offline gambling establishments, such as offline casinos, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, are generally permitted, provided that ads must be appropriately targeted.

F.    Pharmaceuticals and Supplements

i.Ads must not promote the sale of prescription pharmaceuticals. Ads for online pharmacies are prohibited except that ads for certified pharmacies may be permitted with prior approval from SearchMan.

ii.Ads that promote dietary and herbal supplements are generally permitted, provided they do not promote products containing anabolic steroids, chitosan, comfrey, dehydroepiandrosterne, ephedra, human growth hormones, melatonin, and any additional products deemed unsafe or questionable by SearchMan in its sole discretion.

G.    Software

Ads may not contain or link directly or indirectly to a site that contains spyware/malware downloads or any software that results in an unexpected, deceptive or unfair user experience, including but not limited to software which:

i."sneaks" onto a user's system;

ii.performs activities hidden to the user;

iii.may alter, harm, disable or replace any hardware or software installed on a user's computer without express permission from the user; bundled as a hidden component of other software whether free or for an additional fee;

v.automatically downloads without SearchMan's express prior approval;

vi.presents download dialog boxes without a user's action; or

vii.may violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, patent or any other proprietary right.

H.    Subscription Services

Ads for subscription services, or that promote products or services that include negative options, automatic renewal, free-to-pay conversion billing products, or mobile marketing are subject to the following requirements:

i.Ad text must clearly and conspicuously disclose the recurring billing component (e.g. "subscription required").

ii.The landing page must:

a.display the price and billing interval wherever the user is prompted to enter personally identifiable information;

b.include an unchecked opt-in checkbox; and

c.include language informing users how to cancel their subscription or membership.

iii.Each of the foregoing must be located in a prominent place on your landing page, as determined by SearchMan in its sole discretion, and should be easy to find, read, and understand.

I.    Unacceptable Business Model

Ads may not promote a business model or practice that is deemed by SearchMan in its sole discretion to be unacceptable or contrary to SearchMan's overall advertising philosophy or to any applicable law, including but not limited to multi-level marketing schemes, or advertisements for scams.

J.    Weapons and Explosives

Ads may not promote the sale or use of weapons, ammunition, or explosives.

V.Ad Community Standards

Ads, or categories of ads, that receive a significant amount of negative user feedback, or are otherwise deemed to violate community standards, are prohibited and may be removed. In all cases, SearchMan reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether particular content is in violation of community standards.

A.    Illegal Activity

Ads may not constitute, facilitate or promote illegal activity.

B.    Harassment

Ads may not insult, attack, harass, bully, threaten, demean or impersonate others.

C.    Hate Speech

Ads may not contain "hate speech," whether directed at an individual or a group, based on membership within certain categories. These categories include, but are not limited to, race, sex, creed, national origin, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or language.

D.    Minors

Ads that are targeted to minors may not promote products or services that are illegal for use by minors in their jurisdiction, or that are deemed to be unsafe or inappropriate.

E.    Sex/Nudity

Ads may not contain adult content, including nudity, depictions of people in explicit or suggestive positions, or activities that are overly suggestive or sexually provocative.

F.    Shock Value

Ads may not be shocking, sensational or disrespectful, or portray excessive violence.

VI.SearchMan References

Ads may not imply a SearchMan endorsement or partnership of any kind. Ads linking to SearchMan branded content may make limited reference to "SearchMan" in ad text for the purpose of clarifying the destination of the ad. All other ads and landing pages may not use our copyrights or trademarks (including the SearchMan Logos) or any confusingly similar marks, except as expressly permitted with our prior written permission.

VII.Rights of Others

Ads may not include content that infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights.

We reserve the right to reject, approve or remove any ad for any reason, in our sole discretion, including ads that negatively affect our relationship with our users or that promote content, services, or activities, contrary to our competitive position, interests, or advertising philosophy. These guidelines are subject to change at any time.

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