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Got Email fom G ".we found violations."

but I wasn't banned!

     
2:20 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is for all of you paranoid webmasters out there, myself included.

It seems that Google reviewed my account and found a violation. A techie sent me an email about it, I rectified it and I replied to him saying it was fixed. I got an email back thanking me.

So it seems that big G is not such a cold automaton after all. The violation was an honest mistake and a real person at G realized that.

I hope this helps aleaviate the level of paranoia from honest webmasters out there that think that one little mistake would get them banned forever.

...and for all the black hats out there... oh yeah real people do review accounts... so its just a matter of time.

2:39 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Glad you were warned, you lucky one!

Could you please give more details on what the violation was?

5:34 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I also received a warning a few months back. It seems some inadvertent copy from ancient pages on my site were to blame. I was told by Google to remove the copy within a certain time frame or my account would be suspended. Of course the copy came down in record time and I emailed the team right away with the explanation of how the copy got there. The team sent me a reply as well as a confirmation that my site was back in Google's good graces.

Suprisingly, my account was never suspended nor were revenues held back from the time of Google's inital email. I suspect it was due to the fact that 3 pages of 4,500 were to blame. So yes, there are manual reviews and the result is not always immediate suspension.

5:38 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The violation was simply one sentence on the About page of one of my sites which said "feel free to visit our advertisers".

That site used to have affiliate links on it as many others did, and it was just an oversight that that text was never removed. It had been there for 6 or 7 years while Adsense has only been on that site for a little over a year.

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A couple months into the program G emailed me also to let me know of a problem, they let me correct it and I wasnt banned.
7:19 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am sure their are tiers of familiarity of publishers in the system big and not so big. Some kind of rating system that will signal a manual review for some and the algo review for others. Who knows what the combination of defining factors are to create the score.
7:31 pm on Aug 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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paranoid & webmasters is kind of redundant

Let's hear from somone who got a friendly warning note about click fraud on his site ;-)

1:52 am on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When i first started with adsense i had a poker ad on my site and google emailed me also..they just said to take it off and email them back when i changed it.
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Is it possible that manual reviews mostly occur when the offending site has been reported? Unlike click fraud which could be flagged/detected and delt with automatically.
3:47 am on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Let's hear from somone who got a friendly warning note about click fraud on his site ;-)

Or someone who got a, "Your site appears to have mostly ads and little content" note.

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paranoid & webmasters is kind of redundant

ya and I work for the Department of Redundancy Department.

4:54 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A techie sent me an email about it

what was it that convinced you it was from a human and not a computer?

5:45 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I once got a warning saying only this site [hence no account closure] would be not allowed to show adsense.
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This sounds like a great improvement towards webmaster communication from the sudden cold account banning.
1:38 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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what was it that convinced you it was from a human and not a computer?

Well the first email was from the google adsense team but the reply to my response was from a techie using his own name his reply was directly relevant to mine.

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I once got a warning saying only this site [hence no account closure] would be not allowed to show adsense.

Too bad you weren't able to exploit your niche on naked women with guns selling drugs! ;)

Seriously though... was that site on a touchy subject as above or some other reason?

2:06 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It was a medical page where I had to pull one picture. I guess there is this famous difference between Europe and the USA, what parts of the body can be shown.

German law states that showing certain bits in a medical context is not pornographic. See the German WP regarding this.

The medical context fits well in this sites theme. Obviously the reviewer saw this, hence I hope, the relatively light warning.