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I am concerned about one thing. The email says all related accounts will be shut down also. What exactly is a related account? We don't live at the same address but once a month or every two months I've logged into her account to check on things while she's out of town. Will my accounts be linked to hers and shut down also?
But to end this rant and answer your question: Yes.
It is possible that Google wil shut down 'related' accounts.
For example accounts that have been operated from the same IP Address. But since Google moves in mysterious ways, only time can tell. Best of luck!
She was using adwords for some of her pages...snip...The landing pages for adwords were filled with the exact information cited in the ad.
Do we assume that she has AdSense on those pages too?
If so, considering the fischermx thread, it seems as though Google has "identified" a business model with which it no longer wishes to play ball, if so, why don't they tell us all so we know what's going on?
I know it's their business however I feel it's time they appointed a decent customer relationship manager since there clearly isn't one right now, well, not one that's doing a very good job of communicating!
And I still wonder, why they just don't say "no adwords ad can land in a page with adsense from now on". I'd shut down my campaigns. That's so easy to do.
... it seems as though Google has "identified" a business model with which it no longer wishes to play ball,...
Maybe. Maybe not. A couple of reports doesn't constitute a trend.
The OP seemed to indicate he/she has been logging in to more than one account. That could be the problem.
Without further information, all we have are assumptions.
Now, I don't use adwords but in the past; almost 2 years ago I used adwords for my site with adsense on it. I got $100 adwords & $100 yahoo free coupon from hosting company when I signed their vps account plan.
Withing a few days my balance went to zero and adwords asked me to refill my account. I never refilled it.
You never talk about Adsense. Not to your friends, not to your co-workers and not to your 'family members'.
Hehe, that makes adsense sound like a cult, or at the very least, some variant of Fight Club.
The first rule of adsense is...
I really don't think this is purely related to AdWords. Never the less, like others I have also paused my AdWords campaigns, even though they only account for about one percent of my total site traffic.
For example, what sectors are the sites operating in? A big money sector like travel is subject to a lot of abuse. There is also a lot of competition amongst publishers so Google doesn't really need that many sites to use up their inventory.
For that matter, if it is a page about Sven's Ice Fishing Resort that is buying ads from pages with pretty much the same information, you aren't really helping the user experience, and you are taking slots away from Arctic Al's Ice Fishing Tours, that actually sell you the reservations.
I just think there is more to it than having an adwords account.
We run a very small campaign aimed at increasing the profile for some of the online tools we offer. We're losing money on this campaign, and this is our only source of paid traffic. In fact, it amounts to 0.05% of our total traffic.
I noticed that the OP had engaged in several sources of paid traffic - which makes the site seem more like an arbitrage site to Google. I'm thinking this is the business model that Google dislikes.
because they probably are
The keyword here is probably.
I don't know whether you had any contact with Adsense support, but from those few incidents I got the impression that it's either a brainless bot I am communicating with, or a brainless human. They clearly did not read my original e-mail, they did not ask for additional clarification, but they responded with a totally off-topic, irrelevant, canned reply. (And it does not matter to me, whether it is a brainless bot or a brainless human. The fact that the reply was brainless worries me.)
While in general I tend to agree with you (when it comes to shutting down Adsense accounts), I am just afraid that some at The Plex might not actually know what they are doing. (But you described it perfectly well by saying, that they are probably right.)
Overall I have to think that someone who runs a straight business(s) like myself is better off when some of the junk is cleared off the net. All of the adword arbing to adsense flips and strategies like that are for amateurs anyway.
As far as support - maybe they treat some publishers differently there too. My adsense support has always been excellent. I'm not a 5 figure a month monster earner either. Just solid, a veteran, consistant with a real business model. My support needs have been minor since they have never suspended me, held payments or any of that. It may be frustrating then to some.
[edited by: Huntster at 1:46 pm (utc) on May 6, 2008]
Many of us here have valid businesses where we buy AdWords to direct traffic to our sites. We also have AdSense for those visitors who aren't looking for what we offer.
I see no conflict in this business model.
Where I do see a conflict is AdWords accounts directing traffic to pages with minimal content & full of AdSense ads.
As we don't post urls here it not possible to see if the sites in question fall into this bracket however I would be will to take some bets that any long time member of this board could look at the site in question & see the problem in seconds.