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The only thing I could come up is that its fairly highly optimized. Dashed domain, relevent words in URL (not keywords, per se), headings, ALT text, etc. All the standard SEO.
I can't imagine why that wouldn't be kosher with google. Unless they don't feel good about sending me traffic and then paying me for it. ;) Still, they're getting their cut, so why should they complain?
Has anyone had a highly optimized site approved? Or have others been declined? I sent them an email asking for clarification...so we'll see what they say.
Has anyone had a highly optimized site approved?
Yes, if by "highly optimized" you mean doing the kinds of things that Google encourages: using descriptive page titles, anchor text, etc. to provide easily digested "spider food" for the Googlebot.
By the way, "optimizing" your ALT text with keywords really isn't a good thing to do (even if it's something that SEO types were advocating a few years ago). It may be regarded as spamming, but--more important--it's a disservice to visually impaired users who use screen readers. It's much more courteous to simply use a word like "photo" or "image" so the person using a screen reader will know the graphic isn't a navigational element.
I would be surprised if any reader of this forum, who is clocking up reasonable sums on money on their bean counter with AdSense, has not got an "optimised" site
As I see it Google wants to encourage Web Masters to write sites that index well, therefore encourage proper indexing (within their rules)...
...proper indexing is also known as SEO!
My ALT tags are fine. In fact, I only use ALT tags when images represent navigational elements.
If your site fairly runs on the same line as is mentioned at [google.com...] then you are quite safe and Google loves you :D
Another thing to consider, many are getting one site approved for adwords. Afterwards, you can add your AdSense code to your other sites, and they do not have to go through the approval process. If it was something content-related that got your site rejected, your competitors may have AdSense on their sites because they had another site approved first.