Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Don't Click My Ads

Sorry for not posting yesterday. I'm on a CRI (Customer Related Incident) in Hotlanta and have been a bit busy.
You may have noticed the Google ads and banners are blinking on and off from my blog. I sent an email to Google AdSense Support, got the regular "check our support groups", sent them a screenshot, verified with Linux, Mac OS, and various browsers (VMWare - what would I have done without you?) and posted a question to the blogger newsgroup.

Finally, an answer: according to Google policy, only 3 banners are allowed per page. Fine, I can live with that (despite the fact that on Blogger, the entire blog, every post of it, is a single page).

What followed was another email warning me that:
While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as

Publishers are not permitted to encourage users to click on Google ads or bring excessive attention to ad units. For example, your site cannot contain phrases such as "click the ads," "support our sponsors," "visit these recommended links," or other similar language that could apply to the Google ads on your site. Publishers may not use arrows or other symbols to direct attention to the ads on their sites, and publishers may not label the Google ads with text other than "sponsored links" or "advertisements."
Please make any necessary changes to your web pages in the next 3 business days.
As you can see, I've removed my request to click any ads on the right side (that request was always accompanied by a :) and was never meant to generate revenue - as can be seen in my disclaimer). Furthermore, I hope this post's title will calm the Google Gods and prevent my banishment from the AdSense kingdom :).

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