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The problem isn't anything to do with affiliate links (Amazon or any other company). Many publishers also advertise affiliate links or use them as alternative ads.
However, you mention they are connected to a search engine. Displaying ads in a search engine does go against the AdSense TOS/policies/FAQ, but the AdSense team is granting specific permission for this to individual publishers - you do have to request permission since they are doing it on a limited basis at this time.
But overall, I wouldn't jump to any conclusions until you hear something from the AdSense team, or drop them an email yourself. And some ISPs are filtering Google emails, so if you think this might be the case, email them with an alternative contact email address if possible.
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although i have not made a recent application.
All the ads have now gone from my sites, just an ugly white space.
As for the search engine, i did not ask for permission because it is just connecting 8 of my websites, you can only make a search within my pages meaning there are usualyy only about 5-6 results per search. If that is the problem i can soon fix it. Just waiting for my mail from Google, i have written to them with my standard email address just in case. It is frustrating because although the ads just about pay for my monthly web space accounts i can live without them but i need to know ASAP because this empty white space now makes my page look silly.
Anyway, i am slowly going through my websites and deleting the adsense code, it actually might be a blessing.
I have absolutely no problem with the fact that they deactivated my account because for whatever reason, they felt the need to do so, i have however a problem with the fact that they do not have the decency to tell me why(if the mail really was not blocked by my ISP) and allow me to correct what could be a genuine mistake or apologise for unknowningly trying to be too clever and not taking enough notice of the TOS/policies/FAQ(my sites are SPAM FREE)
As for the ads appearing in my internal domain search engine results, if that is the reason then i am confused. If i have 10 websites/domains x 100 pages(legit and spam free) and the ads appear on all of these 10 websites/domains x 100 pages = 1000 pages and then i install an internal search engine ONLY for these 1000 pages, why can't the ads appear in the results which ONLY consist these 1000 pages which have ads on them anyway?
And if Google really are against that, fair enough, i hold my hands up, at least tell me first, everyone gets a minimum of one warning and then YOUR OUT!
If it was not for me and many more like me, they would not be sitting "up there".
Anyway i am a great believer in what goes round comes round.....and it will.
This mail could be irrelevant if Adsense employees do not work weekends and i receive a perfectly good explanation(leaving me sitting here like an idiot) on Monday, but i would like to get it off my chest anyway.
There are many others who initially received emails from AdSense then stopped receiving them. It could be something built into a popular spam blocker that ISPs use, since Adwords advertisers have also reported the same problem.
But enough people have had this problem that perhaps Google will add a field for an alternative email address in the accounts (requesting it go through a different host/ISP), so emails could be sent to both addresses, and reducing the likelihood of it happening.
As for the search engine, i did not ask for permission
colin, the Adsense FAQ clearly says:
9. Can I display ads on search results pages?
Currently, Google AdSense only offers content-targeted AdWords ads that we don't allow to be placed on search results pages.
You said you placed Adsense code on search results pages, right?...
If i am guilty of ignoring the FAQ, OK.
The point is, if there is a case, i should have the chance to appear in court and have the evidence presented against me before i am sentenced, blatantly guilty or not.
It all boils down to the warning email which i have not received, i am going to write to Google again and hope 3rd time lucky.