[drupal-devel] some drupal stats

K B kbahey at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 21:54:18 UTC 2005


Let me be among the first to respond to this.

I personally do not mind it, if it makes money for the Drupal
Foundation non-profit organization (you are registering it soon,
right? :-), AND that it is ethically acceptable.

By ethically acceptable, I mean that it is completely disclosed to all
developers and users of Drupal, and that it is not mandatory (users
can disable it if they want). No sneaky business like the .css trick
used by Wordpress, or a link farm, ...etc.

I am not sure what they exactly mean by "integrate AdSense support
into Drupal". Do they just want us to make the Drupal default page for
the admin to has a link to signup for Adsense? A standard block for

As long as it is fully disclosed and can be disabled, I do not see
anything wrong with a voluntary referral program, since this is
effectively what it is.

On the other hand, look at this from another angle: Google sees Drupal
as important. I have no idea if they made that offer to other blogging
software as well or not, but that makes me feel good to be part of the
Drupal community.

Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 22:51:51 +0200
From: Dries Buytaert <dries at buytaert.net>
Subject: Re: [drupal-devel] some drupal stats
To: drupal-devel at drupal.org, boris at bmannconsulting.com
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> However, on the making-money-for-the-project angle....Dries, do you
> want to bring up the Google issue?

I don't have the details at hand here so I'd rather bring it up when
I'm back in Belgium.  Unfortunately, I guess that is too late now.  In
short: we got an offer from Google to integrate AdSense support into
Drupal.  For each Drupal user that signs up with Google and enables
Google Ads on his or her Drupal site, we would get money from Google.
Clearly, this is a great opportunity to generate some money.  However,
the question arises: do we want to go there, and if so, how?

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