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Another AdSense Phone Consultation Invitation
How to bow out gracefully
Sally Stitts

 10:55 pm on Oct 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

I received another invitation for an AdSense "telephone consultation."
I find this very disconcerting, just like last time, when I was asked to agree to "unknown changes", and to run them for 2 weeks. I just wanted out. It was very awkward. I never did find out what they wanted me to do, because I would not agree to the unknown.

Let me guess -
More ads - no thank you
Bigger ads - no thank you
Image ads - no thank you
CPM ads - no thank you
Link units - no thank you

I don't need this badgering to make me feel obligated and vulnerable. The bottom line is, "Do I have a choice, or don't I?" I would much rather just stay with the long-standing AdSense arm's length paradigm.

I guess I will just gracefully decline without explanation. To explain would take many pages, and they have heard all the reasons before, enumerated countless times on this forum.
I just want to avoid any "black mark" that may accrue due to my refusal.




 11:20 pm on Oct 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

I would listen to what hey have tp say before refusing.

Make it conditional, tell them you want to hear their proposal first, then decline and you don't need to really explain yourself, just say the changes don't fit your current ideas for how the site should look or run at this time and you;ll take them under advisement for future revisions.

Totally diplomatic and you get to find out what they have to offer.

Sally Stitts

 11:53 pm on Oct 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

I am pretty much an island. Sometimes I just need a nudge in the right direction.
I will take your advice, and ditch the 3 page response I have been working on. I really want to tell them how I feel, but that is probably not wise, since they only hear what they want anyway. Rather than become an "outstanding nay-sayer", it is best to just shut up. I agree.
Thank you.


 4:30 pm on Oct 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

Their consultation with me was helpful. I also thought I knew how to earn the most from my site, but the suggestions I received helped bump me to a higher level. I did turn down a few suggestions, and the person I talked to was okay with that.


 4:36 pm on Oct 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

I ended up using about half their recommendations, and it was quite successful.

#1 You will not accrue any black marks if you don't agree to it.

#2 The three page response probably wouldn't be helpful - you are are not dealing with anyone who has any responsibility or can provide any answers or assistance on other AdSense matters anyway.


 5:12 pm on Oct 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've had very good experience with their phone consultation.

One thing to remember though: you're one of the few. I bet many folks here on WW have never got the chance for a phone consult.

So take this rare opportunity and grab it. You don't have to agree to what they say, but they may have a few ideas that you can use/want to use.


 11:06 pm on Oct 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

I agree with Alika. My impression was that an offer of a phone consult - mine lasted 45 minutes - means that you are doing well enough to have gotten Google's attention and they'd like to help you do even better (which, of course, helps them). I now know that they're keeping an eye on my account, which is kind of creepy but also kind of reassuring.


 11:26 pm on Oct 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

My experience only - since I live only a few miles from Google's HQ, I have visited with their adsense team periodically over the years. I gotta say, they really don't care if you take their suggestions or not. It's normally just a focus group and the people who run the group normally tend to agree with all of our user frustrations.

Anyway, I think these focus groups and invitations to participate won't harm you whether you participate or not. Just my hpov.


 5:13 am on Oct 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

I also had many phone consultations starting from May this year, I was even invited to google offices in my country to discuss personally. The suggestions I got was quite positive in terms of earnings and made google look more personal...


 2:22 am on Oct 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

I thought my consultation went well until a couple weeks later when someone at Google Sweden threatened to shut my Adsense off and specified the reason. It was exactly the new advice I had gotten. Apparently one countries Google can give you advice that violates their policies in another country. So use caution when implementing anything.

Another time I was given advice that clearly violates written terms. I asked for some kind of documentation that I could keep to back up that I was told by someone at Google that I could do it. Couldn't get anything to confirm that I was good and clear. So I didn't do it. Too risky.


 3:09 am on Oct 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

Couldn't get anything to confirm that I was good and clear.

I received an email from the person I talked to at Google and it specifically outlined the suggestions he gave me. I didn't implement anything until I had the email, and I've kept it just in case.


 4:59 am on Oct 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

I got the offer as well and did not respond. I have received several notices that I'm missing out on potential earnings and I'm fine with that too, maximum profit is not my goal - decent profit and maximum quality is. Simply stated I do not trust Google's "push the creepy line" data gathering objectives and I know full well that the adsense teams and rankings teams are independent of each other and can't possibly be on the same page with over 500 changes per year. Any advice given is done so without insight on rankings but in the long run it's the rankings you need to worry about.

I will push on with less adsense and keep my fingers crossed that less is indeed more. That saying applies to many things in life, too bad I can't take the advice and write less but hey :)

The information I could gain from the phone call can also be found here in the forums, by reading what went on with YOUR phone call so if you would be so kind... please be specific about what was asked and what was shared with you in yours.


 12:40 pm on Oct 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Business 101 - always listen...

Any chance to learn is an opportunity.

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