| 2:30 pm on Apr 17, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Personally I've never thought forums and AdSense were a good combination. Too much potential to go wrong. If you get good traffic, on a sports forum, you might want to look for a different type of advertiser.
| 12:54 am on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I made a lot of money with Adsense and a forum for several years (since sold the forum). Tight and fast moderation takes care of potential issues. Though we never had problems with Google I never relied solely on it, because I'm not about putting all my eggs in one basket. We had multiple ad networks, affiliate programs and over 100 direct sponsors.
| 6:23 am on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I understand, still, the question is: by blocking images and outbound links (95% of them adsense safe) for the unregistered users will it help my case to get my ads re-enabled?
| 12:38 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
It may help but unfortunately there is no cut and dry answer. I've seen Google do everything from being helpful and communicative, getting an account re-enabled to utter silence from them.
Personally, I wouldn't disable outbound links completely. I choose to block images and links in posts from new users until they meet a certain threshold in the number of posts and/or time they've been on a site. This has the added benefit of stopping any spammers who slip through anti-spam registration checks.
Additionally, I'd recommend if 5% of your user's outbound links aren't Adsense safe, you may want to spend some time going through links and culling those out. Start with searching for ".cn", ".in", ".info" and ".biz", then the .com/.net links.
| 12:53 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Links are generally ok, probably all of them go to blogs or media. Once in a while there's a NSFW image embeded or a link straight to an image.. that's why i decided to block all the links and images that could be read by the normal unregistered user
| 1:05 pm on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)|
what about copyrighted images ?
| 8:28 am on Apr 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
@rady, your measures are enough. Word filters should do the trick. Stick to Adense, also take care when using the Google Image API to source images from other sites, some people do not like their images to be crawled and displayed on other sites and may puposely exchange their images for #*$!. - Your Issue: AdSense is FAMILYSAFE that means, everthing that is considered NOT FAMILSAFE - which you would not show your 6 year old son/nephew could be a problem.
@LameWolf. that is no problem.
| 9:42 am on Apr 30, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|The board is lightly moderated... |
One of the most common issues forum owners run into. Once those expectations of "free speech" are established it can take years to undo. You have to make a choice, do you want income or do you want to give people their "freedom of speech" to post photos that are more or less off topic to your topic (autos)?
Like any business, you have to set ground rules. No shirt, no shoes, no service and all that.