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Google Banned 800,000 Advertisers For Malware, Scams, and Counterfeit Goods and Services

     
4:30 pm on Mar 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google Banned 800,000 Advertisers For Malware, Scams, and Counterfeit Goods and Services [googleblog.blogspot.com]
The numbers show we’re having success. In 2011, advertisers submitted billions of ads to Google, and of those, we disabled more than 130 million ads. And our systems continue to improve—in fact, in 2011 we reduced the percentage of bad ads by more than 50% compared with 2010. That means that our methods are working. We’re also catching the vast majority of these scam ads before they ever appear on Google or on any of our partner networks. For example, in 2011, we shut down approximately 150,000 accounts for attempting to advertise counterfeit goods, and more than 95% of these accounts were discovered through our own detection efforts and risk models.


Wow, that's a lot of accounts scamming.
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See? No wonder people complain that their AdSense isn't making as much (ork ork)
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There are many things Google does well this is one of them. Search is another. I have to admit G's search beats the others hands down.
We have a sales staff that have research on prospective clients. Some don't know how to change there default startup page so they up open a browser bring up Bing search for Google and do their research. I asked them why and all of them said the results were so much better on G. We can bit-- and complain all we want proof is in the results.
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Agreed bwnbwn, Google knows search and Google knows scam/spam prevention. Best in the biz so to speak.

Now if only they would quit trying to change search into a social network Id be less critical of G in general!

netmeg, little piggy get loose? :P (my earnings are up this month /knock on wood)
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Yeah, and if you get caught in the filter there is no appeal, no explanation, no recourse, just an automated message that says you can't advertise with Google anymore.
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...just an automated message that says you can't advertise with Google anymore.


...and you are labeled as Malware, Scams, and Counterfeit Goods and Services.

Nice way to achieve number.
6:07 am on Mar 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Google Banned 800,000 Advertisers

Probably not 800,000 unique advertisers - what percentage of these are the same people coming back with different accounts and payment cards?
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cheaters work so hard, and a portion of their tentacles get nuked at regular intervals.
i'm lazy, so i prefer the ethical road, and it lasts longer.
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I Beleive the Post, Because Google may Banned 800,000 Advertisers, because Nothing is impossible for Google.
Google never support any illegal work, Site, Post, Spam Site and scamming.
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> Probably not 800,000 unique advertisers - what percentage of these are the same people coming back with different accounts and payment cards?

I was thinking the same thing. That percentage is likely very high judging from other forums where scamming Google seems to be a sport.
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Google Banned 800,000 Advertisers


Well, this includes advertisers that even today have no clue about why they got banned for life.
Some of them are affiliates that promoted businesses that Google black-marked some time down the road.
I witnessed an account termination due to ads that were running 5 years ago for less than a month. The rest of hundreds of campaigns being run for hundreds of different companies through an affiliate model were just fine.
This means that if 1,000 affiliates have run ads for some "Rich Jerk" that was selling something about how to get rich were hit as scammers which resulted in termination of 1,000 accounts.

The point is that not all of those 800,000 were for the same pot.
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Glad we have Google looking out for our best interests!
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Probably not 800,000 unique advertisers - what percentage of these are the same people coming back with different accounts and payment cards?

The same 10 people opening 80,000 accounts each? Or possibly 750,000 aliases for the advertisers' answer to Spamford Wallace,* and 50,000 random others.


* This reminds me that the cyberpromo dot com domain is still for sale. Obviously they're asking too much for it. Always thought it would be fun to take over the domain and use it for an anti-spam educational site :)
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advertisers submitted billions of ads to Google, and of those, we disabled more than 130 million ads


I'm not impressed. Glad they are doing it of course, but not impressed. Too little, too late, and not enough, but "800,000" sounds big. All PR (not page rank, public relations) and caught in the gun sights of FCC and EC at the moment.

Do the math.
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cheaters work so hard, and a portion of their tentacles get nuked at regular intervals.
i'm lazy, so i prefer the ethical road, and it lasts longer.
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So did I until Google decided they didn't like my affiliate business model and gave me no recourse to appeal. Just the email that said don't ever contact us again.

Ya, Google might know search, but they left the training manual on customer service in box when they opened it.
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People you think Adsense, not Adwords.

image2all, is that sarcasm?

How about click fraud and poor non-converting traffic that Google sells to LEGITIMATE advertisers? How many billions of dollars does Google make on it? Would selling illegitimate clickfraud traffic to advertisers be considered "scam, malware and counterfeit services"?