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Things not to do with your Adsense account

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12:56 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thought I'd start this thread for new Adsensers to prevent them from doing things they might regret. Here's my top list of things not to do with your Adsense account and Adsense sites:

- Click your own ads
- Asking other people to click your ads
- Joining a program that promises you that people will click your ads if you click their ads
- Telling all your friends about your sites
- Exchanging Adsense code with other people or programs
- Buying and/or operating so called "Adsense ready sites"
- Having sites with only ads and/or search results on them
- Taking/stealing other peoples content without their permission

My examples are of course some of the obvious things that can get an Adsenser into a lot of trouble. But perhaps other members could give some of the less obvious examples that could get you banned.
Please give me your list of things not to do with your Adsense account.

[edited by: BrandNewDay at 12:58 am (utc) on May 11, 2008]

1:22 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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- Telling all your friends about your sites
- Exchanging Adsense code with other people or programs

I do both of these with no problem. but I tend to hang out with honest people that are also smart enough to realize that "helping" me would be a bad thing.

As for "exchanging code" if you are talking about revenue sharing sites, I've been reading warnings about running them for a couple years now, yet no one has ever been able to provide an example of guilt-by-association with these sites.

1:26 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)



I have friends and family both that have known about my using adsense on my sites from the start. On the scale of things I worry about, it doesn't even rank.
4:07 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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- Telling all your friends about your sites

Hahaha.

4:21 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't tell my co-workers, enemies or my friendz either!
5:23 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Today's friends are tomorrow's enemies when the green eye of envy comes into focus within those with more self doubt than ambition.

Never say, I didn't warn you.

7:13 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Today's friends are tomorrow's enemies when the green eye of envy comes into focus within those with more self doubt than ambition.

A lot of my friends know what I do but have no idea how the program works. I might has well have told them that Ben Bernanke throws money to me from his helicopter. So what if we have a falling out? Are you saying you explain how the program works and detail what they can do to damage you?
8:09 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)



Well, I guess I've just been fortunate. Two of my best friends have been friends for over 30 years. If they're going to reach "enemy" status, they seem to be taking their time doing it.
8:15 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)



Having said that.. I do agree though. If you have the sort of friends that you need to worry about.. if there's a possibility these "friends" may one day stab you in the back, then absolutely, keep your business to yourself.

And while you're at it look for new friends.

8:16 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do not tell your husband/wife/friends that you are millionaire thanks to Adsense ;-). No my case
8:28 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you tell people your web address, it is not rocket science to read the word "Google" on the ad block and then go to Google and see what it is all about. 13 year-olds are doing it every day, and making more than lunch money.

Never under estimate people. I've seen people go from life-long friends, to bitter enemies after 50 years of friendship, that began in grade 3 school. There are two things that almost always bring about such a turn of events greed and lust.

A man who met you yesterday and hates you today, is much less dangerous than a man that met you 30 years ago, and just began to hate you today. The later knows exactly how to bring you to your knees and cause you the most pain, on every level.

He who gets cocky making nickles, will get the cock's beak shoved up his quarters.

8:51 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Follow the spirit of the TOS. Just following only the wording of the TOS is no longer enough.
1:31 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I agree with MsHuggys.

I don't know about the rest of the world, but here in the U.S. we currently live in a culture that encourages kids to study hard, stay out of trouble, set goals, believe they can accomplish big things, etc. Then, when one of those kids grows up and becomes successful, everyone wants to tear that person down.

Loose lips sink ships.

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1:37 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Please give me your list of things not to do with your Adsense account.

Don't get the cart before the horse. Build a good useful site. Then see how you can monetize that site (AdSense might be an option).

I think people who decide they want to make money with AdSense then go looking for some content to throw up and call it a site will usually end up frustrated and/or disappointed. You can see it in some threads here.

And some of them will then resort to practices that will eventually get them banned thus more frustration and disappointment.

FarmBoy

1:40 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do not tell your husband/wife/friends that you are millionaire thanks to Adsense ;-). No my case

Has anyone here started dating someone after you already had an established AdSense income? If it looks serious, how and when do you tell them about AdSense?

FarmBoy

3:25 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If it looks serious, how and when do you tell them about AdSense?

Never. Never tell them of your Adsense...it may eat away at you everyday but they can never know the joys of page impressions, eCPM, and checks on the 15th.

3:39 pm on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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my friiends/family know that i earn from adsense/advertising but they don't know my site or its url and I intend to keep it that way.
3:33 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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How does Ben Bernanke know which house is yours?

I gotta get me some of that action.

I'd hate for him to have to look too hard for my house, he could get a crick in the neck, and there would be too much pressure for his crick to be perfect.

Otherwise he might be participating with some sort of a crick flawed.

Sorry. Sorry sorry sorrry.
/me is slinking away

4:20 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I don't know about the rest of the world, but here in the U.S. we currently live in a culture that encourages kids to study hard, stay out of trouble, set goals, believe they can accomplish big things, etc.

What episode of Jerry Springer was that on ? I must have missed that one ')

4:35 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Seriously, the U.S. culture teaching kids to study hard and set goals? Ha, ha, ha.
6:46 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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farmboy,

You can tell people on a need-to-know basis. For myself nobody else has ever needed to know.

TS,

I'll add one more from a person who got banned and posted here a while back:

* Don't let anyone else login to your Adsense account.

If memory serves, one person who accessed a business Adsense account got kicked out when the business was banned, too. Google does track login IP addresses. Govern yourself accordingly.

p/g

10:32 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you have kids, don't let them visit your sites without disabling Adsense from displaying to your own IP addresses.
11:24 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Some more:

Do Not...
- allow malware to be installed on your server, or on the machine which is used to access the account
- use any of those "adsense click tracking" JavaScripts
- allow multiple people to log in to the account using the same password
- log in through an anonymizing proxy
- hack into the system and start requesting Adsense ads in raw XML
- mess around with the iframe in which they're displayed
- try to sidestep the cross-domain scripting limitations using a server proxy

11:25 am on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A friend of my wife asked me to meet with him and answer a few questions on how Internet businesses work since he was starting a company with some other folks.

I met with him and shared some details of my sites as we talked. I wasn't too worried since he had been a friend of my wife for years.

Well flash to 6 months later, we found out this friend had copied our site/idea exactly and was trying to promote it. He even copied our logo and just used a slightly different name.

We called him on it and he claimed he was only building those sites to practice his coding. So you issue press releases for practice sites? ;-)

Needless to say he is no longer a friend.

12:37 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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And based on some recent threads here, do not:
- use Adwords as a primary way to drive traffic to your Adsense site
1:19 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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More:

-Do not put your Adsense on a mature site.
-Do not refresh your page all day for super awesome page impressions.
-Do not tell your visitors to help you out by clicking your ads.
-Do not iframe your ads with width and height of zero for more page impressions.
-Do not place images next to ads in order to trick visitors into thinking it's content.
-Do not tell Google you're breaking the TOS.
-Do not talk to Google about anything if at all possible.
-Do not take a screenshot of your stats and upload it to Facebook or Myspace.

We could do this all day.

[edited by: StoutFiles at 1:20 pm (utc) on May 12, 2008]

1:31 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do not put your Adsense on a mature site.

Why not?

FarmBoy

1:40 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Why not?

and (iii) are not pornographic, hate-related or otherwise violent in content.

2:59 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do not put your Adsense on a mature site.

Why not?

Do you mean you actually have Adsense code on a mature site and get away with it? Or do you know other mature sites that have Adsense code on it for more than a short while? As far a I know, this has always been a big no-no for the Adsense program.

BTW, thanks to all for contributing to this thread!

[edited by: BrandNewDay at 3:02 pm (utc) on May 12, 2008]

3:30 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Don't post your stats here on WW or anywhere else for that matter.

Don't keep on logging in all day to check your stats. (I think Google keeps track of that).

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