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Domains purchased from owner who has violated google's TOS

     
1:29 am on Apr 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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recently i purchased few excellent domain names (some have good contents, some are just domain names and never been host before... i believe the owner used these domains for adword). a reason i purchased them because i think i can marketing them with both adsense and affiliate. The owner have changed the registration for these domains to under my name. The owner has been violated google TOS and his adsense have been deactivated.

I have emailed google twice and asked them whether or not i can put my adsense on these domains. Twice they told me to read their Policies & Terms without giving me a YES/NO answer and I can't find it anywhere they talk about situation like this.

i want to put my adsense code on these domains but dont want my accoutn deactive by it.....

I have asked this question in different forums and want see what people say.

4:48 am on Apr 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You need to email Adsense support and make it clear to them that you purchased these domains, and ask them to unblock/clear them to show Adsense ads for you.

It might take a few days to get everything done, but as long as you act openly with them, there should be no problem. Don't put your own ads on them until they respond it is okay.

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I wonder if expired domain names are dangerous. For example I buy domain. How do I know if it had expired or never been used before? What if it really expired and previous owned was banned...
I also asked AdSense team if it is ok to put adsense on "example.com" (explained to them domain previously expired), and got general answer like "ok to put on any domain with content which conforms with policies". I assume this answer can be treated as domain itself is "whitehat", but who knows.
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i want to put my adsense code on these domains but dont want my accoutn deactive by it.....

You are putting your account at great risk. There were many "I got banned" posts here for the reason of being associated with another banned account.

12:11 pm on Apr 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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How do I know if it had expired or never been used before?

You can check it's history at archive.org to see if it was previously a website and if it had AdSense.

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Try to look at it from Google's point of view. John Doe gets banned, so what does he do? He finds another nominal "owner" for his domains and channels his revenue through that new owner (who may be his cousin, brother-in-law, or college roommate). If you were Google and you saw that kind of scam every week, wouldn't you be skeptical? And would you be inclined to give the tainted domain's new owner the benefit of the doubt?

Google isn't a court of law, and it doesn't have to presume innocence. Maybe the Google Support team will look at your account history and give you their blessing. But until they do, you could be running a risk by placing AdSense code on those tainted domains.

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You can check it's history at archive.org to see if it was previously a website and if it had AdSense.

Checked. It did not show any history for the domain I know had expired. Also it does not include my 1 year old site. Looks like archive.org is picky about sites. So if Google is really taking banned domains into consideration then there is a great chance to register some ex-mfa banned domain and get banned. Or should we ask Google's permission for each domain we register :)
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It did not show any history for the domain I know had expired.

Was it a website or just an expired domain?

Also it does not include my 1 year old site.

Right now there is a 6-12 month lag between the date a site is crawled and the date it appears in the Wayback Machine. Also, there are various other reasons sites don't appear in the archive. You can get more info in their FAQ.

[archive.org...]

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Was it a website or just an expired domain?

Not sure. Just found a note on some Italian site that it expired on 2002.
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Just found a note on some Italian site that it expired on 2002.

Then you are fine. AdSense only started in June 2003.

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that was smart, thanks :-)