follow up of topic [webmasterworld.com...]
Now, Adsense TOS clearly states not to use two accounts for one person.
Ok so far so good... but:
Let's assume they check duplicate accounts based on:
- the website the accounts are used on
- the profile of the owner (payment settings, name, mail, etc.)
- the ip witch the user logs in to his account
- the location from where the user logs in
What about following situation (imaginary situation):
I still live at home. I have a bluewidgets.com site on witch I use Adsense. I have an Adsense account and my account looks something like this:
name: John Doe
bank settings: FORTIS-3332-556-5856
I also have a brother, who also lives at home (yes the same home) and by accident he also has a widgetsite called whitewidgets.com. He also has an Adsense account with following specs:
name: Philip Doe
bank settings: FORTIS-3332-556-5855
Please remark that our ip's are the same because we are on a shared internet connection.
I can imagine that this is stuff that could provide the Adsense team with a good bases to ban both of us for having duplicate accounts. They do look very alike, but how the hack will we be able to prove that we are actually two different persons?
Maybe the general question is: can Google be absolutely sure when they point out duplicate accounts in the meaning two accounts being property of one person?
Maybe you can think now: this example is stupid, Google will send mails or something like that to verify if both accounts are from the same person or not...
Ok, let's take it a step further...
Let's assume my brother and I both work on both widgetsites? We have an agreement that he places his adsense-pub-id on the pages he creates and vica versa. So we both log in with the same ip on to our Adsense account, both accounts are used on the same websites, our profiles look very alike... what will Google think?
My brother leaves for a long summer trip (3 weeks). He goes to the jungle in Africa, without laptop or internet connection. He asks me to check his Adsense account. Ok, I will check his account with his logins, so far so good, but immediately afterwards I check my own account with my login... what will Google think?
And all of a sudden... my brother creates another widgetsite... yellowwidgets.com and starts using his Adsense account on that website too... Ofcourse, I can't stand my borther making more money, so I also start a new widgetsite... brownwidgets.com, ofcourse using my Adsense account... what will Google think?
This may seem a little bit far-fetched, but look at it as a brain-exercise... could be very interesting for new Adsense users...
[edited by: ASchmitt at 4:07 pm (utc) on Nov. 28, 2006]