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Long-term success with AdSense

Some tips I have learned by reading this forum (and using common sense)

     
3:06 pm on Jul 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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1 - Don't click your own ads. Ever. For any reason.

2 - Don't encourage others to click on your ads.

3 - Don't SPAM Google.

4 - Don't create trash pages for the sole purpose of generating AdSense income. Make earning money a secondary objective only after creating content that is useful apart from AdSense.

5 - Don't just create pages that target high dollar keywords only. Balance out the 20 pages that have the potential to earn 2 figures/click with 50 that will likely only earn $.03/click.

4 - Pay special attention to what Jenstar and the other experienced members here have to say, but read the Terms of Service, and FAQs on a regular basis yourself. Good advice is always better used if it is backed up by your own solid basic understanding of the topic.

5 - Google is not your partner and thinking of them as such is probably unwise. Google is a business and they will always put their interests ahead of yours (and rightly so).

6 - Never forget that someday you just might receive "the dreaded email" even if you follow all the rules to the letter. Be prepared by creating multiple sources of income.

7 - Always wish for the ultimate success of AdSense, even if you do end up getting booted from the program. Success inspires competition and competition provides a place to go when you get kicked out.

That's what I have. What have I missed? Where have I missed the mark?

5:35 pm on July 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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3 - Don't SPAM Google.

Could you elaborate?

5:38 pm on July 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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nice points birdie.

you are also developing into a serious and quite helpful forum member.

Keeep it upp

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Nice list Birdstuff.

#5 is interesting. Sort of like the retail shop that keeps a few low priced items around for folks who aren't interested in the really pricy stuff.

5:58 pm on July 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Good stuff. One more I'd add:

ONLY manage your AdSense account from your own PC. Never from a public PC and definitely never from a friend or client's PC.

That should help reduce the chance of invalid clicks.

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3 - Don't SPAM Google.

Could you elaborate?

Using hidden links, link farms, or other shady practices to boost search engine rankings (and potential AdSense clickers) will eventually end up getting the site penalized or banned (which doesn't help AdSense earnings a bit).

7:49 pm on July 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Using hidden links, link farms, or other shady practices to boost search engine rankings (and potential AdSense clickers) will eventually end up getting the site penalized or banned (which doesn't help AdSense earnings a bit).

Plus, the AdSense TOS state that "Site must also adhere to Google's WebMaster Guidelines," which means that a search penalty could also result in cancellation of the publisher's AdSense account.

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And make sure you don't plagiarize someone else's copyrighted content.
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And make sure you don't plagiarize someone else's copyrighted content.

Google won't kick you out of AdSense for that. I've had AdSense publishers plagiarize, and when I complain to AdSense, their response is: it's not our concern.

Plagiarism can get you a nasty letter from a lawyer, but AdSense doesn't affect that.

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Google won't kick you out of AdSense for that. I've had AdSense publishers plagiarize, and when I complain to AdSense, their response is: it's not our concern.

They seem to be waking up, maybe because they realize that AdSense is spurring an increase in copyright infringement. In the latest program policies, content that "infringes on the legal rights of others" is prohibited. The TOS also include a reference to intellectual property.

In any case, even if Google doesn't kick you out of AdSense for infringing on another site's copyright, the Google search engine will kick your infringing pages out of its search results if a victim files a DMCA complaint:

[google.com...]

If Google search referrals are important to you, it would be foolish to risk a DMCA complaint.

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And make sure you don't plagiarize someone else's copyrighted content.

And make sure you know what a copyright violation is. 2-3 random sentences from your website does not equal a copyright violation.

2:16 am on July 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Valeyard, upon what do you base your statement that you should not use a public computer to check your account?

Is it because you think Google will see you checking your account with an IP address that was used to click on your ads recently?

Many people do not have a static IP when they log on to the Internet. The IP address they get today may well have been used recently by someone else on another computer that legitimately clicked on their ads.

Just curious if I'm missing something here.