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Christmas light hoax site running AdSense

Quick Adsense cash

     
5:29 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This guy wanted some real quick Adsense cash.

[foxnews.com...]

I assume his account will be cancelled.

5:57 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Still Working at the moment.

He is actually doing nothing agianst TOS.
Just playing a prank.

6:35 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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He was doing that site long before AdSense came along. It was no AdSense hoax at all, just a hoax of how his Christmas lights worked. It is within the TOS and policies.
7:51 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It actually seems to be real. It's just the press labeling it a hoax. Look around the site for yourself. Check the FAQ E7.
8:33 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[cnn.com ]

Seems like at least one adsense advertiser is none too pleased.

9:16 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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He is actually doing nothing agianst TOS.

It was no AdSense hoax at all, just a hoax of how his Christmas lights worked. It is within the TOS and policies.

I think it may violate the AdSense's TOS because:

From AdSense's TOS,

5 Prohibited Uses. ...(viii) act in any way that violates any Program Policies posted on the Google Web Site

and Program Policies

Site may not include Deceptive or manipulative content

The author has put AdSense on the page which claimed:

Use the christmas webcam to view live images of a buncha christmas lights and also CONTROL them

and this is not true.

9:20 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I "like" his "pennies per click" comment. Yea, maybe, but how many clicks? I'd wager he got thousands and probably made his christmas a lot richer by this hoax.. what a jerk...

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That's going to make it so boring spotting next year's April Fools.

They'll be on the pages with no Adsense.

10:17 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"Seems like at least one adsense advertiser is none too pleased."

The advertiser said his "actions are unethical."

I think it was just a joke that got carried away.

I guess "unethical" (keyword stuffing) is in the eye of the beholder;)

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/Sidenote
Interesting that Foxnews couldn't even link to his website correctly!

This forum is very helpful by the way - I've been lurking for a while now and learnt all kinds of useful things. Thanks everyone.

4:18 am on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's a not a 'made for adsense' site. It seems nothing agianst TOS.

Luck is on his side to get noticed. His site is not very well designed, but more 'genuine' than some sites we see.

His site was a refreshing change to visit. My best wishes to him.

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lighten up a little people:) A creative site that made the press look foolish in publishing the hoax. Got to give the guy credit for making the season a little jollier:)

Seems to me the practical jokers (remember some of the April Fools ones) at Google have to be enjoying this one too.

7:07 am on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The Wall Street Journal article says his site got 4.3 million hits this month. Which (for me at least) would translate into earnings of FedEx proportions.

[online.wsj.com...]

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The Wall Street Journal article says his site got 4.3 million hits this month. Which (for me at least) would translate into earnings of FedEx proportions.

Not really. It will depend on the kind of ads and payout. I can tell you I have this number of impressions and I'm not in the FedEx club.

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Let's see something here... A guy makes a funny joke about some x-mas light... Were I live x-mas is about happyness, share and love... I only see greedy people that want's to know how much he made from Adsense...

'Oh my God, that website runs Adsense, he must be rich! I'm so jealous... He's on the FedEx club and now will receive the dreaden email'

Damn... Leave the computer and the Adsense website for a few days...

So, the almighty Hulk has made a nice joke with his X-mas lights, earn a few bucks from Adsense (that would not be much, the main attraction was the webcam...) and admited it was a Hoax... Now what? You want to sue him because he was original and funny? LOL!

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>> A creative site that made the press look foolish

I'll give him credit for that :)

>>Site may not include Deceptive or manipulative content

I can't see how the site violated that. For crying out loud has anyone seen the "deception" here: Google's PigeonRank Technology [google.com]?

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Either way thats stupid because people were still being delivered ads. The viewers arent going to change anything in that sense. I also think thought that the owner of that site just wanted attention and fame. Otherwise why not just say "alright i have decided to end this fun thing on my website" instead of letting the secret out. Is a magician not better to have thought to be magic, rather then exploit his own trickery.