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I've complained and complained at Adsense. They have now advised me that they will do nothing and I need to take it up directly with the other site(s). Despite the TOS that says that other sites can't do this.
They offered to forward my complaint e-mails to the other site -- a scammy MFA site which is blatantly perpetuating fraud (advertising versions of software that aren't released yet, pretending to be an official download site) and appears to be doing click arbitration. I said NO. That sets me up for a click attack or a ddos attack.
I am beating my head against the wall here. They told me they can't stop another site from using my "trademark" but I know for a fact they CAN -- my URL has the name of a well-known software product in it purely by chance and every single ad I post for ME for MY SITE when I OWN MY SITE has to be manually approved. So why are they manually approving these MFA sites? (I registered the domain -- the name of an animal -- several years before the software product existed.)
Among other things, by using my URL:
1) They make it look like they're an official site of the software maker (I'm not, but it looks official)
2) If people realize it's a scam, they ban MY url from the site, not the destination url.
I don't want to directly contact these idiots. Anyone have any suggestions for making Google enforce their TOS?
Can't imagine Google refusing to do anything about an ad that breaks their guidelines.
Are you sure it is the Display URL you are talking about?
For example, if Open Directory owned dmoz.org and opendir.com, and both had the same content, Google would let them use one as the destination URL, and the other as the display URL
Such a program would eliminate this brand of deception and would be in the best interest of Google's two primary customers - advertisers and users.
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I thought this was against guidelines. The ads don't show up on the same page for a keyword, but on page 1 & 2. (Thankfully I'm #1)
I also have problems with Affiliates using www.WidgetWorld.com with redirects to their site. I can make them stop - but monitoring it is a pain.