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Website with article about kitchen type knives

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11:59 pm on Aug 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I can't find an email address to contact Google and I just get stuck in the circle of helpful "suggestions" at the help center.

I have a website I started from scratch about several related topics, one being reviews of kitchen knives. I have made sure not to mention guns on this site, as the topic would also fit -- hunting gun reviews, etc.

These are NOT hunting knives or "weaponry" knives, but there is discussion of cutting and blade strength, sharpening, etc. Definitely see the word "knives" and "knife" often, as would be expected.

How can I communicate with AdSense for a review of the site so ads can show up again? They showed up fine for weeks -- plenty of relevant inventory. Suddenly one day they stopped.

OH -- I just went to look and ONE knife article has ads for suicide and depression -- like the word "cutting" is triggering it. And I do have the code on there for subject targetting (or whatever you call it). So ads are not displaying at all on clean pages... and irrelevant ads are showing intermittently on some pages, too.

Any help?

YM

[edited by: YesMom at 12:02 am (utc) on Aug. 19, 2008]

12:33 am on Aug 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google doesn't display ads when using knife/knives as the search term. However, they do show ads for kitchen knife/knives or cutlery knife/knives.

Try using kitchen, cutlery, steak... prior to the word knife. Also, generate a new code to get the AdSense bot return to your page.

3:40 am on Aug 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I got the same problem with a web security article. It was fine for a week or two and then, poof, no more ads. I'm guessing it's the word "attack", along with "security" and "vulnerable".

I'm not impressed with their overly aggressive filter. God forbid someone, somewhere, might be offended.

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I'd like to add another couple of poison words I've discovered along the way.

Bolshie - presumably because of the relation to the word Bolshevik
Drunken

Which brings me to my next point. Would an article about home brewing be against the TOS?

2:58 pm on Aug 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Would an article about home brewing be against the TOS?

Well, there are plenty of ads for this therefore why would it be?

There's only one place to ask to see if they're keeping all the revenue for themselves! :-)

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Would an article about home brewing be against the TOS?
No pages promoting beer or liquor are allowed. However, promoting wine is allowed.
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No pages promoting beer or liquor are allowed.

Another AdSense double-standard when they have pages of ads for home brew?

From the T&Cs

Sales or promotion of prescription drugs

Try online pharmacy in Google and see what results you get...pages and pages of ads. Obviously someone is keeping the higher paying ads for themselves!

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From the T&Cs
Sales or promotion of prescription drugs

Try online pharmacy in Google and see what results you get...pages and pages of ads. Obviously someone is keeping the higher paying ads for themselves!

It's not quite the same thing though. You can only advertise prescription drugs/pharmacy stuff in Google and Yahoo if you have the specific pharmacy ID that's now required to do it. But Google doesn't want these pharmacy ads showing up on Joe Blow's paen to the wonders of mood management substances. And they don't regulate AdSense sites enough to control it. So, to me, it's kind of understandable.

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Another AdSense double-standard when they have pages of ads for home brew?

I don't think so, the ability to brew very low and next to 0 alcohol percentages should give enough of a reason to say it isn't promoting the drinking of alcohol based beer, just of the making beer which you may or may not make with impairing levels of alcohol.

I am still not even sure I understand why you can't have adverts for beer, in North America advertising for Alcoholic beverages is everywhere.

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Funny you should mention "home brew". One of my pages has this phrase although it has NOTHING to do with alcohol or home brewing. It has more the meaning of "home grown" -- which still has nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. It is part of a title on the page -- can the phrase "home brew" be erasing all my ads? Maybe it isn't the knives at all. :-/

YM

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Knives, home brew, cutting

I think the picture is becoming clearer. It could be a collaboration of all this and maybe more.

It really is unfortunate though if your site is really clean.

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I'm temporarily trying Yahoo ads on that site and so far, so good. Most pages are well targeted to the actual topics, but still getting general "education" ads on some pages.

I just wish Yahoo had the inventory Google has! Urrgggh!

YM

 

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