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I was never thrilled with their "relevant" ads, but whatever they were putting up before beat the heck out of PSAs.
I'm wondering what's up at the ol' googleplex, if maybe they're suffering from pre-IPO jitters and some of their staff are dropping the ball. The past few months, there just seems to have been an endless series of gaffs coming from google central.
It certainly is irritiating. I am in the process of getting alternate ads set up so i avoid this issue.
And why on earth are the new Google PSAs so awful looking? They detract from the design for my site and i feel that they scare visitors.
Truly an awful design move by google i wish they were back to the way they were, at least they looked like they fit, not giant grey text talking about gorillas or some garbage.
I never did find a good list of filter words for G, but it would be helpful.
As for no response from G, I would not expect G to walk through all your content in order to be able to tell you there was a stop word on your site, if that was the cause. No response is unnerving, but it's also generates billale hours for people like me :-)
"Dear Mr. X,
Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.
We are currently working as quickly as we can to address this problem. As soon as we have more information for you, we will email you again.
We appreciate your patience.
The Google Team"
There isn't one and I've given up on rewriting articles. It takes the flow out of the writing and still may not do anygood. Now the instant I see PSAs on a page I switch to an alternative.
I tried again today on an article that went to PSAs shortly after I published it a week ago. I took the ads down then but tried again today to see if it would still get PSAs. Sure enough in a few minutes there was a ugly giant of a PSA instead of the well targetted ads I'd had earlier. So I took the ads down again. Then I came here and realized there had been PSA problems today so I am trying the ads one last time.
It's so frustrating, as far as I can see the only thing wrong with the page is that it uses 'slaves' several times and 'died' once or twice. If this goes to PSA again I guess anyone writng about African American history can forget AdSense.
1. make a page that is innocuous...about nothing much. Put ads and post. Viola, you've got ads for webhosting, blogging tools, and the like.
2. Change the content to taregt something for which there are *very high* per-click pay amounts. I'm talking $15 to $30 per click, like wrongful death litigation, debt consolidation, and the like. Post. Viola, you've gone to PSAs.
In his opinion Google is either extra strict or perhaps involves human reviewers when the stakes are that high. PSAs probably default during the review pending period. He says he never left it long enough to find out, but hasn't noticed it on more reasonable keywords. I wouldn't be surprised if advertisers had more say when the cost was $40 per click, although I have no knowledge of that at all.