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Perhaps the dumbest question ever
but where is adsense?

 3:12 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

This is going to sound like a ridiculous question, but bear me out.

I've been trying to view the adsense pages at google to see if I could sign up. However, every time I try and get to them, I get a 'This page could not be displayed, blah blah blah, cannot find server or DNS Error' message.

I've tried adsense.google.com, google.com/adsense/home, links in loads of articles on the web, searches on google for 'adsense' - all the same.

Now I'm assuming this isn't happening to everyone, otherwise this forum would be a lot quiter. Also, this is not a one-off, I've tried a number of times over the last week.

There are two possibilities that occur to me, as I'm based in Beijing. One is that the chinese government is blocking the adsense pages -but why would they? The other is that google is blocking chinese / asian IP's - but why would they . . .?

Any ideas?




 3:13 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

[google.com...] should work fine.


 3:15 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

"The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings. "

but thanks for the quick reply anyway . . .



 3:17 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

LOL - try again. Right after I posted that, I tried to go there and got the server not found response. Tried again, and it worked fine.


 3:21 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Tried three times, and numerous times over the last week. I wouldn't have posted here, as I know how irritating the genuinely stupid questions can be - someone at work asked me this morning 'what's the address for google', as they thought typing 'google' into the address bar would do the trick . . .



 3:41 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

That address definitely works. Do you think your network admin people at work added Google (or the Google AdSense URL) to their block list to keep people off all the fun sites while working? That is the first time I have ever got the not found error when trying to view the main AdSense page.

The other thing, do you have some sort of browser settings to turn off redirects? When you type in the URL I gave, it will automatically send you to their secured page at https://www.google.com/adsense/ Maybe the direct link will work for you.


 4:13 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

See Google Blocked in China [google.blogspace.com]

I just clicked on the first link after a search of "Google Blocked in China"


 6:15 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)


You may need to install different version of IE.
I had same problem with IE5 with lower encryption setting.
I upgraded to IE6 with 128 bit encryption and works fine.

Hope this helps,


 7:04 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

It might help if you try the "right" URL:


instead of:


(normally [google.com...] redirects to https://www.google.com/adsense/ but it doesn't work always)


 9:56 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Neither the http or https link works. I'll keep trying the https link though, as I didn't know about that one.

Redirects are not turned off, they work fine with other sites.

Accessing an https url is not a problem - I use them with no problems normally.

Am already using IE6.

The 'Google Blocked in China' article is almost a year old and refers to the blocking of google's search page (although they probably blocked everything, they tend to not be too targeted) - [edit]and google's search page is now accessible, as are other parts of google, like adwords, as mentioned below. Links to cached sites don't work though [/edit]

I tried Google's Adwords site - no problems.



 10:47 pm on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

I was having a weird problem with some sites not coming up in IE, but it was blocking all google URLs for me. Mozilla loaded the same pages fine. I checked for IE patches, installed them, and everything is fine now.

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