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1:55 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Beware that there is an email spam going out. Title:
"You've been issued a payment from Google AdSense"

Takes you to some doubeclick site.
1:59 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's real. They have been doing it for sometime now.
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I have received it right now for the first time.
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Me too. It still looks suspicious, and if legit, a bit weird.
2:33 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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[en.wikipedia.org...]

FFS... It's real. Period.
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I've been getting it for several months now. Some publishers even longer.

It's legit. The email I mean.

Why they feel the need to inform me that a payment is coming that I already know is coming is kind of wierd, but hey, it's their dime.
3:18 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Same here, wyweb.
It's a stupid idea for the reasons you mentioned, and also, spammers will catch on and then you will be receiving fake ones.

Last year they were telling us days after the money was in the account (and spent ;) ) Stupid then too.
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I got it. First time they have sent that to me. Does it mean that there is some sort of delay for money to hit the account this month? Usually it's MIB by now. :D

I'll know by the end of today, I suppose.
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Patience is a virtue. MIB:)
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I got a similar mail today for first time, though the subject reads "You've been issued a payment from Google AdSense". Its authentic for sure as it lands up at Google Adsense login page.
9:47 am on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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sailorjwd, I am surprised you even mentioned about doubeclick. If you have a website that has adsense on it, then it should mention said company...

Everyone had to update their privacy policy to reflect that.
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As Lame_Wolf confirmed, these emails are legitimate and just meant to inform you that you've been issued a payment. I can see how this email may not be helpful for most of you who are active and very aware of your AdSense activity. Can't hurt to get a "You've got money" email though, right? :)
3:17 pm on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Can't hurt to get a "You've got money" email though, right?

Well, yes.

For starters, I received it yesterday, but still says PIP in Payment History.

Even when it changes to Payment Issued, it will still take days before the thieving banks let go of them.

Then you've got the scammers and spammers, who will eventually catch on and start sending out fake ones in the hope of catching out the clueless (and there are many of them).

And to top it off, there is the carbon footprint involved... and messages like this in the forums.

Is it all worth it ? I think not.

It should automatically be set to opt out, and if people want to opt in, then let them.
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Doubleclick or doubeclick? I'm seeing some obvious misspellings for doubeclick on a quick search. If you're getting emails from doubeclick I'd delete them. I don't think I'd even open them.

Doubleclick is well known though. Lame_Wolf's cite will give you much more information. In spite of what many think, Wikipedia's contributors get it right more often than not.

Does it mean that there is some sort of delay for money to hit the account this month?


I've seen no evidence of that. It just means you're getting paid. There's a presumption of that already though. Why they feel the need to reassure us.. well, like I said it's kind of wierd.

Google's getting wierd though. I'm bailing on them. And not just in the adsense model. I'm bailing on them period. I'm advising clients to do them same as well... friends... heck, if I see you in a bar over a beer I'll advise you to do the same thing if you'll listen long enough.

Listen, there was no bigger google cheerleader than me when when they first started getting big and it had little to do with adsense. That "don't be evil" thing went over big with me.

That might have been policy at one time but it's not anymore. It's about making a buck. It's about satisfying shareholders. They've gotten so big and expanded into so many other markets that they don't even know who they are anymore. It's not about "don't be evil"

It's about GOOG - Google Inc. (NASDAQ)

I won't argue about this. You won't change my mind anyway. If you're a borg cheerleader still... that's fine. Root for your team. It's perfectly acceptable.

By the end of the year they'll be out of my life for good.
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I think it's cute how they send me email notifications two days after the money hits my bank.
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Yep, it's not spam.

I quite like receiving the e-mails too. I check my account multiple times daily so it's not as though I need the e-mail, but overall I think it's a useful thing for the majority of AdSense users.

Plus for me I usually receive the e-mail a day or two before MIB so there's no problems there from my POV.
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I quite like receiving the e-mails too

Really? You like to be told that a company is going to pay you money they owe you? This when they've already been doing it for years? I don't need that reassurance.

I've never not been paid by google and it's been an ongoing relationship for years. They've banned publishers and withheld payment in some cases. They'll tell you about it first though.

but overall I think it's a useful thing for the majority of AdSense users.

And I think it's a waste of friggin' resources.

The only time I freak out is when the money doesn't come at all. That's never happened with google, and I don't expect it will next month either.

I don't need an email from them telling me my payment is on the way. It's just more crap polluting my inbox that I have to delete.

I wouldn't mind an email explaining why they've screwed up their business model though. They rocked at first. What happened?

That's the email I want.
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It's a bit like the postman sending you a card to let you know that you'll have some letter mail coming.
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Two things:
1) I had already received the money two days before
2) The link was not taking me to Google or Adsense from what I could tell by reading the URL of the link. Therefore I would never click it.

The email is a total waste of google's time and my time.
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The link was not taking me to Google or Adsense


It was taking you to Doubleclick. Doubleclick is their baby. They made an acquisition of their company. Google took over Doubleclick. I don't remember what the exact terms were. Probably ridiculous though. It was in 2008 I think. I could be wrong on that one though....

If it's from Doubleclick it's legit. Trust me on that. I wouldn't lie about it.

You know how to search, right? Look them up. Find out. Investigate.

LOL.. I'm not sure it should even be called investigation. You've been around for a while sailorjwd. So has Doubleclick. I was sort of convinced it was common knowledge among adsense publishers. Do a right click/copy shortcut on an adsense ad.

Things will get clearer then...
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Children are starving around the globe, so the carbon footprint of these emails better get taken care !
8:49 pm on Mar 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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sailorjwd, you do have a privacy policy on your site, yes ?
Does it mention about doubleclick ? It should do... because everyone was informed to update it to include doubleclick. Failure to do so is breaking the Adsense TOS. So you can guess why some of us are surprised you've mentioned it.
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Yeah, kinda bizarre.
Especially, since they have paid like clockwork since day 1.

And the fact that the email is not "no reply", which so often they are.
I guess we can easily say thanks, if we want to.
But then, that would cost more carbon. Oh, well.
I'll just say thanks here. Thanks.
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Look, this is a non-issue. It's a friggin' PR ploy. A way to make you feel all warm and rosy about your participation with the adsense program.

"Gee aren't we nice? Your money's coming!"

Yeah, well, you know what? It better be.

My take is that they're trying to stick their finger in the dike, salvage some publisher dissatisfaction, of which there's quite a bit.

If an email telling you that a company that already owes you money has decided to pay you can make you feel better.. well, then okay. I guess it's working.
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what in the world does a privacy policy have about the email I got from Google? You are hurting my brain trying to think how you put 4 and 4 together.

It is no big deal... no, I don't know how to search... Yes, I know doubleclick and hated them from the 1st meeting their bleeping ads. I know where France is too but it doesn't mean I want to visit! :)

Close this topic so it will sink to a timely death.
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what in the world does a privacy policy have about the email I got from Google?


It's essentially about the inclusion of Doubleclick in your privacy policy. Indicating to your site visitors that they exist.

I'm taking some liberty here but I'm fairly sure Lame_Wolf was asking if you'd heard of Doubleclick before. The reference to privacy policy was that if you were current and updated on it you would have.

It's not a big deal, okay?
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Can't hurt to get a "You've got money" email though, right?


No, not to some. If that's what they need to hear. I've been with your company from the start and you've never not paid me. I'm very satisfied with your payment arrangement. I'm satisfied with the options you give me to accept payment also.

I'll get paid next month. I'll get paid the month after that too. It'll be less and less because I'm phasing you out but that's not an issue I have anyway.

And it's just one email. It takes one click to delete it.

I'm not worried about getting paid. I'm worried about what I'm getting paid.

And that email is transparent anyway...
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what in the world does a privacy policy have about the email I got from Google? You are hurting my brain trying to think how you put 4 and 4 together.


See my comments below...

It is no big deal...


Well it was for you, because you started the thread.

no, I don't know how to search...


Double negatives... don't ya just love 'em.

I'm taking some liberty here but I'm fairly sure Lame_Wolf was asking if you'd heard of Doubleclick before. The reference to privacy policy was that if you were current and updated on it you would have.


Correct, wyweb. :)

Everyone with an Adsense account was told to update their privacy policy to include Doubleclick. It should look something like this...

DoubleClick DART cookies
We also may use DART cookies for ad serving through Google's DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests ("interest based targeting"). The ads served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (For example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). DART uses "non personally identifiable information". It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers. You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting [doubleclick.com...]

So, when I see someone writing "Takes you to some doubeclick site." tells me that someone hasn't bothered updating their privacy policy.

ASA, if you are watching this thread, I wish your team would take this breach of TOS as seriously as any other breach. Sadly, you don't.
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I think it's cute how they send me email notifications two days after the money hits my bank.


Well you're the lucky one, PIP last Friday, got the email late Monday night and still no MIB 2 days later, account still shows PIP, with no 'details', 5 days after it first appeared. That is not normal for Google.
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You seem to be a little cranking Lame.

Double negatives - yes I can search - you got it.

My privacy policy is up do date.

I know doubleclick for many years and never liked them.

Let me know what this tells you: .^.^x
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