---- Some research on Google quality raters' behavior
1script - 3:56 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I've spent some time reviewing past topics that you've started that are all related to your site(s) being penalized, pandalized, etc. It surely appears that you've got a Made for AdSense network that doesn't meet the 2011 Search Quality Guidelines.
Thanks for the time you've spent browsing my sites.
I did not answer your previous question about MFA because the question itself frames the discussion in terms that make me look like a common criminal and a thief and that's not really a way to advance any discussion here. I think that my sites provide valuable service that thousands of people use and describing them as a "network", which too comes with a connotation of trying to game the system, is not fair - they are independent and any links between them are either caused by overlapping themes, an oversight or even mistakes on my part. Indeed, some of the links between the sites that Google shows in WMT I cannot even explain (as you've seen in my other thread)
However: I derive income from (most) sites that I run and therefore you can simply assume that they are MFA - Made For Anything-that-pays-enough-to-support-them because this is not a venue to discuss each site and the actual reasons why I started the site. And yes, some I started with a hope that I will be able to make some money and not much other consideration. Those are clearly my failed projects. Most of those are shut down by now.
I understand that Google reviewer, having what seems just a couple of seconds to decide, may also see the site that way and that's definitely an issue I need to address. Call me naive but I was under impression that AdSense Team sending me messages enticing me to use more ads above the fold would have somehow coordinated their advise with Google's own Search Quality Team but the more I read and post on this forum the less that sounds like a fact and more like a wishful thinking.
In any case, I know great many good sites (most of the software-related forums, come to think of it) that have not only ads above the fold but a whole page takeover ad plus ads above the fold indeed, and that does not lead to their ban. But I digress, this discussion was not supposed to be about the cause of the ban.
Ban or not, I thought it would be interesting to track the reviewers as they peruse one's site, and the OP is one way to do it. If you know of a better way, I'd be interested to know it, too.