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(Please note that 1 of these members clicked his own ads and the other ran a scrapper site. This is not a post concerning IF they should of been banned, but WHY they have been)
This shows a dramatic increase in the number of bannings reported to WebmasterWorld and therefore hints at a general increase in bannings by the adsense team.
Could this be a new strategy of culling the publisher herd, leaving only high quality publishers?
Could this be a strategy to combat Yahoo by making please advertisiers currently frustrated by their ads showing on crap and scrap sites?
I don't have any answers, but I thought I'd put the theory out there.
It's meaningless until Google defines it for us. They haven't yet.
It won't be meaningless to anyone whose account is shut down because of it.
"Made for AdSense" (or Google's equivalent language) is like "disorderly conduct": It's purposely vague so that it can be applied when the authorities (in this case, Google) need a reason for nailing someone.
If adsense overlapped your drop-down navigation like the current ad on the right does, could that have been your problem? I tried it on a couple browsers and the advertisement on right prevents me from clicking on your "Links and Contacts" drop down (it drops down behind the advertisement).I know about that but don't knwo how to fix it. However the adsense ads were never covered up (it is the drop down menu which is covered) therefore the adsense ads were always completely visible as per their TOS.
I know about that but don't knwo how to fix it. However the adsense ads were never covered up (it is the drop down menu which is covered) therefore the adsense ads were always completely visible as per their TOS.
In fact this can be the reason for invalid clicks. People who want to click the drop down menu will not have the menu choices under the focus of their mouse, but the adsense ads. One or more visitors might have clicked the upper adsense ad instead of the menu choice they wanted. Although maybe not intentional, these are invalid clicks, clicks not generated by the visitor to view the ad, but clicks generated because of a technical flaw in the website design.
Furthermore from the Program policies:
Sites must respond adequately to support requests and enquiries of their users.
By hiding the contacts link behind the adsense ad, it might be difficult, or impossible for users to send support requests and enquiries to you.
if I go to your site and look at something it gives me a link to a "more info" page at another site. That other site has adsense, and some parts of the text descriptions are shared. Could that be part of it?no that is a straightforward link exchange.
I truely appreciate all the suggestions and the PM's but I have moved on and we won't get a definitive answer from the G team anyway (I tried long and hard).
The whole reason I came over to WebMasterWorld just now was to read through things so to see if there was any new information about the new Yahoo Adsense program. If the Yahoo program was in service and I was under the impression that they actually had some standards for sites I would switch 100% of my traffic to them just on principle.
Adsense initially was the way to "take the high road" with a site and it's advertising. Now the way Adsense is used it's pretty obvious that the only thing that matters to Google is the cash (so much for that "do no evil" thing). Whether the Adsense ads are found on original content sites that actually contribute to the quality of the web or scraper sites, its all just a click through to Google.