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1:45 pm on Jun 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I got an Adsense Policy Violation email that states:

"In the last 24 hours:

New violations were detected. As a result, ad serving has been restricted or disabled on pages where these violations of the AdSense Program Policies were found. To resolve the issues, you can either remove the violating content and request a review, or remove the ad code from the violating pages."


The page status in the policy centre is showing as "Restricted ad serving" on six pages with each of the pages being flagged for adult: sexual content violations (very mild content - people kissing). I checked these pages, and Adsense banners are still being displayed. I am left wondering what is the difference between "restricted" and "disabled". Right now, I am happy with the quality of the ads that are being served. What will happen if I do nothing? Does anybody have any experience with this?

Quite frankly, I'm happy if Google wants to disable the ads on these pages as it will save me from having to do the work of removing them. But not if it leads to a site-wide disabling of ad serving.

I suspect these pages were reported by a competitor but are wondering if this sort of content could be auto-detected?
2:01 pm on June 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Quite frankly, I'm happy if Google wants to disable the ads on these pages as it will save me from having to do the work of removing them.

It doesn't mean the problem is only with these 6 pages, it's possible that other pages are infighting Adsense's policy. You can take the risk of doing nothing, but if more pages are flagged later,this will be repeated violations, and this can lead to have the site banned.
It would be more wise to take a proactive attitude and show to Adsense that you are taking measures and making the effort conform to their policy.

but are wondering if this sort of content could be auto-detected?

Yes of-course, Google has the tool to analyse images (in your case) and guess what they represent. If you look at your logs, you'll see that the Adsense bot (not google bot) is also fetching images, there is reason for it...
5:15 am on June 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I have the same situation as you and it's been ongoing for months. Only difference is mine is just one page. I contacted Google and they told me I could leave that violating leading to "restricted ad serving" indefinitely. They take action on their side to either limit or restrict ad serving on that page.

So to answer your question, you don't have to do anything. I haven't and like I said, I've had that warning for months and also have it in writing from Google that the account standing is not compromised in any way.
11:25 am on June 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Somewhere last year I posted this thread: [webmasterworld.com...]
TLDR: health site, sexual content, warning email, lots of work to remove all sexual content, let it be or do something about it?

I currently have +/-9 pages in the Policy Center that have some kind of violation.
Since then I got several emails like yours, at least one once a week.
Since then I've done nothing.

Everything is fine, except that those pages don't get any ads. I'm ok with that.
As you can see, one year has passed and nothing relevant or scary has happened.

This is one of the best unnoticed changes in AdSense for a long time.
Previous to this policy change, I still got my account blocked several times, sometimes for days... for things that I considered by then nitpicking.

So, ignore it, it won't do your AdSense account any harm.
Once it does, I'll be the first posting it here.
5:11 am on June 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I currently have +/-9 pages in the Policy Center that have some kind of violation.
Since then I got several emails like yours, at least one once a week.
Since then I've done nothing.


I have had the "Your AdSense Publisher Policy Violation Report" email each day for the past 4 days. Each time, they add 3 or 4 urls to the list in the Policy Center. I have over 400,000 thumbails and images on my site. Potentially, this could go on for quite a while given the very mild or benign nature of some the images on the list of violations. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is good to know that I don't need to forego any sleep to urgently make any fixes.


It would be more wise to take a proactive attitude and show to Adsense that you are taking measures and making the effort conform to their policy.


Thanks for the advice. The advantage in taking the proactive cooperative approach would be that I can automate the addition of the violating pages to a blacklist and serve those pages with banners from another ad network. The disadvantage is that, if Google decides that there are a restricted number of ads that can be shown on these pages, then I will miss out if I have removed the code. Will there come a time when Google Adsense decides to let Advertisers opt in if they want their ads shown on pages having sexual content?



Yes of-course, Google has the tool to analyse images (in your case) and guess what they represent.


Yes, their tool appears to have become much more advanced! Can detect so much more now.



If you look at your logs, you'll see that the Adsense bot (not google bot) is also fetching images, there is reason for it...


Thanks. I will take a look. I am curious to know the rate at which requests are being made by the bot. How long would it take to request 400,000 thumbnails? My competitor would have over 4 million. How long would that take? Would they give up?
7:01 am on June 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure you (and your competitors) have the right to display these images? ...
11:06 pm on June 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure you (and your competitors) have the right to display these images? ...


I am not one of those sites that scrapes images from other sites.

I started my hobby site 12 years ago. Original idea (even by today's web standards).
 

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