Goo-guhl. Heart of online darkness. Soul (and revenue) sucking cartel that is creating – has created – a digital company town. It is almost impossible to make a living outside of Goo-guhl (as they control almost all the online advertising; or at least, the online advertising that pays anything) but in order to make that living, the material on your site had better not displease Goo-guhl. If it does, they will de-list and otherwise screw you. Doubt it? Disbelieve it? I Just got this e-mail from them:
This is a warning message to alert you that there is action required to bring your AdSense account into compliance with our AdSense program policies. We’ve provided additional details below, along with the actions to be taken on your part.
Affected website: ericpetersautos.com
Example page where violation occurred: http://ericpetersautos.com/2011/12/21/what-fightin-fer-freedom-really-means/
Action required: Please make changes immediately to your site to follow AdSense program policies.
Current account status: Active
Google does not allow the monetization of content that may be sensitive, tragic, or hurtful. While we believe strongly in the freedom of expression and offer broad access to content across the Web without censoring search results, we reserve the right to exercise discretion when reviewing sites and determining whether or not we are able to provide a positive user experience delivering contextually targeted ads to a site with this type of content.
For more information, please review Google’s program policies.
Why was this action taken against my account:
As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on pages with violent content. This includes sites with content related to:
- Breaking bones
- Getting hit by trains or cars
- People receiving serious injuries
- News about freak or tragic accidents
What resources do I have to keep my account safe:
How to resolve:
- If you received a notification in regard to page content, we request that you immediately remove Google ads from the violating pages. If you are unable to, or unsure of how to remove the ads from these pages, or would like to continue monetizing the page with Google ads, please modify or remove the violating content to meet our AdSense policies.
- If you received a notification in regards to the way ads are implemented on your site, please make the necessary changes to your implementation.
You do not need to contact us if you make changes. Please be aware that if additional violations are accrued, ad serving may be disabled to the website listed above. You should immediately take time to review your pages with Google ads to ensure that they comply with our policies.
Additionally, please be aware that the URL above is just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website or other sites that you own. To reduce the likelihood of future warnings from us, we suggest that you review all your sites for compliance. Here are some useful resources you might be interested in.
- AdSense policy FAQs
- Using site: search to find violations
- Recommended solutions for policing your content
- Content filtering
For more information regarding our policy warning notifications, visit our Help Center.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The Google AdSense Team
Notice, the vague, open-ended and effectively impossible to comply with demands. Notice that there’s no appeal – just do as you’re told. Remove the “offensive” material. Which -again – is not specifically noted. Just the general drift is enough to get you blackballed. And, of course, there is no way to contact and discuss the matter with an actual human. Insolently, Goo-guhl directs you to their helpful helperson “resource” pages.
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