| 11:28 am on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
| 1:05 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I wouldn't bother personally. I have in the past, but these days they simply ignore any feedback we give them on sites that break the TOS.
Google have absolutely no interest whatsoever in ensuring sites uphold the TOS. I have one MFA publisher I've asked Google to deal with as both advertiser and publisher. It consist of one adlinks block, and two adsense blocks on the page with the back button disabled. Despite a discussion here on what happened when I removed the blocklist, an email conversation between adsense support and myself, and Google giving me a personal solution to the problems of certain mfa's, the site I mention (and mentioned again during this conversation) is STILL online, and STILL violating the TOS big time.
Don't get stressed about the issue - just block the MFA's.
| 2:12 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|I wouldn't bother personally. I have in the past, but these days they simply ignore any feedback we give them on sites that break the TOS. |
I reported a site writing just above the ads something like
"Please visit all our competitors to see, that we are the best"
After about 2 weeks, the text changed to
"Please call us for a friendly talk about our offers"
| 3:07 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I have the same problem with my main competitor. It's so!#@&!%@ annoying that he gets away with clearly breaking the TOS by putting "Have a look here!" right on top of his ads. I reported him twice already. The first time 2 weeks ago. Nothing has happened since. IncrediBill assured me that he would end up in PSA hell if he doesn't comply within 2 weeks or so. But he still serves perfectly targeted ads (the same that show on my site) and still has the phrase right on top of his ads. I'm really mad at google for being so sloppy on enforcing the TOS. Makes me think whether I should do the same. Just break the rules, noone cares anyway.
Well, I won't do this. But it just frustrates me.
| 3:47 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|But it just frustrates me. |
My feeling is the same. If Google does nothing when we report about it, I have very bad feeling.
| 4:14 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Here is a thread that shows the way Google recommends you report AdSense violators:
| 6:27 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|My feeling is the same. If Google does nothing when we report about it, I have very bad feeling. |
It's very frustrating to play by the rules while somebody else doesn't and they reap the rewards big time.
| 7:18 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Somebody posted a link a couple of weeks ago, to a site which said something like 'please click the ads and I'll earn a few cents'. The link was soon removed from the forum, of course, but I kept an eye on the site and surprise, surprise, the ads changed to PSAs after about three days, then the PSAs vanished too and another (non-Google) ad service is now in place. So it looks like Google listened to whoever reported that one.
| 7:33 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Come on. These are hardly major violations. Sure Google should ask them to remove the text but it's none of your business.
Not everyone is up to date on the Google TOS. It could be an honest mistake. Even if it was a competitor of mine I would do the decent thing and first let THEM know it was against the TOS.
IMHO: Snitching straight to Google is pathetic and childish. No AdSense publishers need this sort of backstabbing.
| 8:20 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
>>It could be an honest mistake.
I disagree. I play by the rules and others should too. Besides I use Adwords myself and I shiver to think of my ads on that kind of website, stealing my money.
I "snitch" every chance I get and feel no remorse whatsoever.
| 8:25 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
The rules are in place for a reason, and it should be one rule for all. A comment such as 'please click on the ads below and I'll earn a few cents' may seem innocuous enough, but I'll bet that improves the CTR dramatically. That's a grossly unfair advantage. Sure, nobody likes a snitch but then, I like to play on a level playing field. I didn't report that one by the way - I was just watching the site out of curiosity to see what the outcome would be.
| 8:29 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I wonder what google makes of BillyS being a persistant snitcher for these minor things? I hope you make enough money to make it worthwhile keeping you.
I also dont agree that minor violations such as text above Ads is cheating the advertiser.
| 8:30 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Why "snitch"? He's my competitor. He is stealing my money by generating fluke clicks and having my advertisers pay him. I couldn't care less about being called a snitch. Reporting is childish? This is business. People's daily income depends on it.
| 8:37 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
This "it's none of your business" stuff is nonsense.
I doubt those exhortations to click on the ads really improve the CTR anyway (based on years of experimenting with various calls to action related to affiliate links), but they do irreparable harm to the public image of AdSense. It causes advertisers to block the content network, or at best to bid less on content network campaigns. That hits me in the pocketbook.
(P.S. Depending on the circumstances I might contact the site owner instead of Google.)
| 8:42 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I agree with reporting blatent violations.
But for minor ones why cant you email them first instead of Google. It would be the decent thing to do.
Your obsessed with getting one over your competitors for minor violations. You should concentrate on your own sites instead.
I still think you are being unfair to someone who could just be making an honest mistake. I read this forum loads so know that publishers do make accidental TOS violations.
It could be you in the future.
| 8:46 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|I also dont agree that minor violations such as text above Ads is cheating the advertiser. |
But it is,
-If I steal a penny from you, no big deal, I have a penny
-If I steal a penny from everyone, I am a millionaire and still you would say, "No big deal",
-If I steal a penny from everyone, everyday, now is it a big deal?
At what point does it stop being ok? My Millions came from somehwere.
It is what you call the thin edge of the wedge. You let the thin edge in and what is to follow?
A question to all who have posted on this thread.
Do you think it is wrong to have a nice banner above your ads that reads "Advertisments"? Just wondering if this breaks the TOS