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How do I report Adsense abuse?

Not sure where to report the TOS abusers

     

miki99

3:14 pm on May 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Am I allowed to post a link to a site here? Keep stumbling over sites with the most flagrant AS TOS violations, and just ran across one of the worst examples yet, which I would love to share. I would like to start reporting these sites to AS, but I'm not sure of the correct email address -- could someone post it?

Is there even any point, I wonder? There's so many of them. I've also run across a couple of sites lately that actually have the AS blocks FLASHING at you!

jomaxx

3:27 pm on May 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Of course there's a point to reporting these sites. The correct address to use is here:

[google.com ]

miki99

5:07 pm on May 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thank you! I do intend to tattle my butt off from now on.

steve40

5:22 pm on May 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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we can only hope G acts on some of these not just bad boy slap on wrist but throws them out as just a warning means they will just keep coming up with sneakier ways to gain the sytem while we try to stick to the rules

steve

kiwiwm

6:43 am on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am really disappointed more than 48 hours ago I reported two really gross t&c - tos - violations. One site has written on the top - please support this site by clicking on the google ads. The other is even worse. It has a graphic created in the shape of an arrow pointing down so that the arrow point touches the top of a wide skyscraper with on one side of the point "click" and on the other side the word "here", both quite large and in the centre is printed really large "SPONSORS! these good folks support our site so why not support them in return? Thanks!"

It just annoys me because I've told google and had a form letter acknowledging receipt and yet the ads are still running/displaying on the sites in question. I have good content and so a third of my traffic is repeat visitors - I know that if I was to blatantly ask for clicks a lot of my regulars would happily show their support, but I'm being honest and sweating out my measley little number of clicks while Google is doing nothing about these guys. This is really unfair to advertisers who only want people clicking if they are interested and it's a really poor reward for honest webmasters, that when this is reported nothing is done.

Sorry rant over.

david_uk

7:39 am on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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<rant>

Actually, Google really hack me off on this issue. I've emailed them on a few occasions to report tos violations that are extreme. I don't report minor ones - just biggies that are so far over the line there is no question they should be pulled. Usual result is that they sent you an automated response and then do absolutely nothing!

Amongst the ads / sites I've reported include sites that say click on the Google ads, but mostly landing pages. I've reported a site that has ONLY a single ad block bang in the centre of white space - no content whatsoever, and the back button disabled. I've reported sites that have just ad blocks and no content. Again, some with the back button disabled. I've reported them several times over some months. Guess what? They are still there.

Come on Google - explain yourselves.

</rant>

brianng

7:47 am on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google probably need to do some investigations before they ban the account. What if somebody create a site like that and put your Adsense code on that site? :D

david_uk

8:16 am on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes, they need to investigate but that doesn't take months to do.

kiwiwm

9:54 am on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If I was the advertiser I would want Google to at least stop serving the ads until the matter was investigated. if it's a case of "someone has taken someone else's ad code without them knowing", it would be very strange for them to be so keen on making this other person money as after all they are trying to increase this person ctr by inducing people to click, but if there was some explanation, I still think the advertisements should be stopped even if temporarily.

Ganceann

10:33 am on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In the case where there is no content - how are google deriving content relevant adverts?

Public service adverts should be default when there is no and real content on the pages.

GoldenHammer

10:52 am on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It is not surprised that Google has to sort all the reports into priority and they would handle those "big impact" cases, that is if the site concerned generates a significant turnover on the AS.

For small sites, those abuse report records may always stay at the bottom in the priorty list .... :P

david_uk

12:50 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In the case where there is no content - how are google deriving content relevant adverts?

Looking at the site again, what they have done in both cases is to place enough keywords to enable Google to target on the page, but way, way, way below the fold. Far enough below to make sure that whatever resolution your browser is set to you'd never see the keyword list unless you mede the effort to scroll down.

jomaxx

4:55 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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more than 48 hours ago

Dude, it's the middle of the weekend. Is it really necessary to slam Google over this already? There was a bunch of "I've been banned" threads this week, so we know they're doing something.

ronburk

5:46 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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> Come on Google - explain yourselves.

If I wanted to manage a gajillion AdSense accounts without having to hire hundreds of Google employees to follow up on abuse reports, I think I would just feed the reports into a database and use statistical means to apply that information to the next software update, rather than try to fix every little report in real time.

Google can punish AdSense abuse by both supplying less free traffic and via SmartPricing. Seems like that would work well in the long run and cost them much less than the intensive manual labor process you seem to envision.

bobothecat

5:48 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)



Google can punish AdSense abuse by both supplying less free traffic and via SmartPricing. Seems like that would work well in the long run and cost them much less than the intensive manual labor process you seem to envision.

True, but the ultimate cost & punishment would still be on the advertiser(s).

david_uk

7:00 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google can punish AdSense abuse by both supplying less free traffic and via SmartPricing. Seems like that would work well in the long run and cost them much less than the intensive manual labor process you seem to envision.

OK, but why have the TOS, and why ask people to report violators if you're just going to shove it in the shredder and let the violators continue doing it forever?

If they don't want us to report abuse fine. Just don't publish an email address to report it, and don't pretend you care.

kiwiwm

9:15 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I know it's the weekend but I reported this on Thursday (as I said - more than 48 hours ago) and whilst I realise they must be busy, I just feel sorry for the advertisers, I'm glad I'm not paying for clicks people are making to "show support" rather than because they want to buy my product. I get concerned that if the program is abused it will affect what everyone can make in the long run - so yes I would like to think that taking temporary measures at least while they look into something, is a priority. Perhaps that's optimistic and I'm not allowing for the scale of abuse, which based on some replies sounds like it is much larger than I thought it would be.

[edited by: martinibuster at 10:32 pm (utc) on May 21, 2006]
[edit reason] TOS [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]

flyerguy

9:22 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Please try to send the publisher an email yourself if you are really so concerned. I have encountered many people abusing the TOS who simply just didn't understand, and after a friendly email, they cleaned up their act.

Why screw someone out of their rightful money as a publisher just because they didn't read all the fine print?

[edited by: martinibuster at 10:35 pm (utc) on May 21, 2006]
[edit reason] See TOS [webmasterworld.com]. [/edit]

wildbest

9:53 pm on May 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why screw someone out of their rightful money as a publisher just because they didn't read all the fine print?

Rightful money?!
Just because... they didn't fulfill their obligations?!
Are you kidding?

All these cases should be reported, because that publisher is screwing all advertisers by stealing their money.