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Then two days before Christmas I got a letter from my bank saying that the check for October – worth £1,700 had been stopped.
That is £3,700 gone from my family fiancés in the two weeks before Chisitmas.
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You don't need to be a lawyer to understand this...
I told my subscribers that I got some money if they visited the websites of those advertisers.
That doesn't tell the user to click the ads though. It is simply being transparent about the nature of the ads. I don't see a call to action there?
They did not, from that statement, appear to be asking others to click said ads...
[edited by: Lame_Wolf at 9:32 am (utc) on Dec 31, 2010]
People here who think he's deserved it need to understand that not everyone can understand T&C lingo like people here.
You don't have to ban them for life.I guess there will always be debate over this and I do agree that in other individual cases past I had formed the view that Google sometimes overreacts. However in cases of blatant flouting of TOS associated with possibility of invalid clicks, I think that Google is correct in maintaining a zero tolerance position if only to deter similar breaches in the future and preserve the integrity of the program. Our livelihood is dependent on the trust and confidence advertisers have in us as publishers and this is exactly why so many advertisers prefer to use the Search Network rather than the Content Network.
If it is any part about Adsense TOS which is non ambiguous and just plain easy to understand it has got to be [paraphrased] :
1. Don't click on you own ads
2. Do not ask or encourage anyone else to click on your ads by any means.
Our livelihood is dependent on the trust and confidence advertisers have in us as publishers and this is exactly why so many advertisers prefer to use the Search Network rather than the Content Network.
that not everyone can understand T&C lingo like people here.
I have worked for the newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV stations. One of the things you get used to as a freelance is being sacked.
I told my subscribers that I got some money if they visited the websites of those advertisers
That is not encouraging clicking!
On the top right hand corner of this page there is an Amazon advert – if you enter Amazon via that weblink I get a referral fee – its between two and five per cent of whatever you spend on that visit – so if you spend £100 or $150 through Amazon by entering through Keep Turning Left and then send me an email saying thats what you have done and I will sign you up to the site for three months for free – they pay me in Amazon vouchers on the day the goods are dispatched to you – but I will sign you up straight away. Good eh!
I was still losing money hand over fist on the sailing â€“ after all, making films is a labour intensive business, some are 25 minutes long and take two weeks to cut and master and each represents at least three days editing - some take two weeks to make.
The subscribers can see that I cut every possible financial corner in an effort to keep costs down and the project going.
It was jolly nice of my subscribers to take the effort of taking the extra step of entering Amazon through my site. Loyal lot these KTL subscribers. They all own small boats and love to see another bloke sailing his boat.
I allow my subscribers to leave comments on the films. If one of them mentioned clicking on adverts to show their appreciation â€“ well itâ€™s a nice gesture,
I did get the odd subscriber sending me an email saying that he had clicked loads of adverts. This is called demon clicking. I would reply that I would prefer them to only click on adverts they were interested in.
The click through rate on Keep Turning Left was at 6 per cent which I now know is high enough to upset a Google Algorithm.
I think this guy qualifies as "good people" and his content is both unique and quite interesting.
Google cares not about "good people". The only issue relevant to Google is whether clicks are 'valid' or not.
As long as your site fits the criteria and you follow their rules, they will allow you on board. If you break the rules, you're out.