luke175 - 8:54 am on Mar 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's been a while since I last posted, but there is definitely a push on. Reading between the lines, it appears that driving traffic to landing pages with affiliate links outside of google, doubleclick or any related vertical controlled by G is being targeted. In addition, the very existence on your site of such links can also cause the red flag to go up- they don't have to be landing pages.
My site didn't have any of those things at all, it was not an affiliate site.
The push seems related to the account's history and from what I'm seeing they are even looking at deleted campaigns. I'm trying to go through the process of having someone reevaluate the account but am not hopeful. I remember when I used to have an account rep... :(
I'm seeing others who are literally being told that the ban can only be lifted if they go back and change content on deleted campaigns which in some cases are affiliate sites the account owner has no control over and were made and deleted years ago.
Hey Google...if I paused or deleted the campaign haven't I showed you that I've decided it doesn't meet the quality necessary? That's why it's deleted!
We are being punished for things done years ago when they were completely legal and are now expected to fix DELETED campaigns that are owned by others?
edit: found a blog post of someone dealing with something similar (being told deleted campaigns are the problem): [andrewhansen.name...]
Note that the above blog is not mine and I have no connection to it.