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Saturday, October 08, 2005

5 Easy steps to an AdSense Ban

I wanted to post a totally different topic, but I came across this prime example of what NOT to do when you are an AdSense publisher and thought I'd take up the old disecting knife and show you what was done wrong.

For your amusement, you can peruse the above screenshot of a site created by a webmaster that most likely doesn't know the difference between his toes and Google's ToS. To save him further embarressment the URL of the site in question will be witheld.

What was done wrong?
When joining AdSense, we all agree to the Terms of Service or if you are lazy just to the basic program policies. The above site has so many violations, Google can use it as a prime example of what NOT to do as an AdSense publisher.

No Google ad may be placed on any non-content-based pages.
Violation. The page contains no content (aside from the ads.

No Google ad may be placed on pages published specifically for the purpose of showing ads, whether or not the page content is relevant.
Violation. The site/page was created solely for the purpose of showing ads, and has no other content.

Publishers may not label the ads with text other than "sponsored links" or "advertisements." This includes any text directly above our ads that could be confused with, or attempt to be associated with Google ads.
Violation. The ads are labeled as "Top Rated" etc.

Excessive advertising
Violation. Definitely falls into the excessive advertising category.

And the biggest violation of them all "Calling undue attention to ads". You can't get any more blatant than that!

So webmasters take note this is what not to do if you are an AdSense publisher. That is unless you are looking for some easy steps to get banned from the AdSense program!