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Making Google Happy

Let’s face it, making Google happy is something we all aspire to. Not because we like Google, most people don’t because it’s so hard to keep Google happy, but because it’s necessary if we want to be able to display Adsense on our sites. It’s also necessary if we want a good PR and a decent result in their search engine.

The problem making Google happy is such a damn chore. Ask any SEO expert. As soon as they think they have it down pat Google changes their algorithm and throws a spanner in the works. What was accepted one day is taboo the next.

SEO aside more and more web master / bloggers are getting the old Google slap or having their Adsense account terminated without any warning whatsoever. Man, it’s so hard to work Google out that I wrote a post about them called Google Sucks & How Inspiration Can Help Your Blog. If I remember correctly I compared Google to a fickle woman. And no offense to all the woman out there, sometimes I feel like Google has that bad time every month, or however long it takes for them to come up with another update, where they just love to stir things up. Yep they do it just to piss everybody off so they can sit back and laugh at all the mayhem they have created.

So, why this new rant over Google all of a sudden? It’s because of the email they sent me the other day which had the following heading; Google AdSense: You have 3 working days to make changes to your site. WTF  :wallbash_tb:   :hairout_tb: As to the email content.

Hello,

This is a warning message to alert you that there is action required to bring your AdSense account into compliance with our AdSense program policies. We’ve provided additional details below, along with the actions to be taken on your part.

Issue ID#: 22133607

Affected website:wassupblog.com

Example page where violation occurred:http://wassupblog.com/friday-funnies-54-more-blonde-humour-to-make-you-laugh/

Action required: Please make changes to your site within 72 hours.

Current account status: Active

I couldn’t understand why they picked on that particular post. I had this warning once before so I always make sure every post is compliant before publishing it. If anything looks like it may offend the big G I always disable the Adsense ads on that post. So why pick on this one. For the life of me I couldn’t see anything wrong with it. Go ahead, have a look and see if you can see what upset them so much. If you can please leave a comment explaining it to me. Heck, leave a comment anyway telling us your views on Googles actions of late.

Here’s more of the email.

Violation explanation

AD CONTENT OVERLAP: As stated in our program policies, publishers are not permitted to alter the behavior of Google ads in any way. This includes placing ads so that they cover any part of the site content or parts of a webpage to cover any portion of the ads.

Google ads may not be placed on adult or mature content. This includes fetish content as well as sites that promote, sell or discuss sexual_aids. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • sexual_fixations or practices that may be considered unconventional
  • sexual_aids or enhancement tools such as vibrators, dildos, lubes, sex games, inflatable toys
  • penis and breast enlargement tools

For more information about keeping your content family-safe, please review our program guidelines and these tips from the policy team.

I know there was no content overlap so that wasn’t the issue. The only thing left is the blogs content. I read it over and over and I couldn’t find anything offensive in it. Still, who am I to argue with the Google. I wasn’t going to delete the post so I removed Adsense from it.

I’ve actually done a lot of posts about Google, the last one being their attitude towards publishers, almost as many as my love for leaving good comments. The thing is we sort of need Google, and Google knows it, so we tend to tow the line. Even so there’s nothing that says we can’t rant about them right? Heck, there was one stage where I want to purchase the googlesucks.com domain, but it was already taken. Guess who owns it? Check out the image below.

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Yep, Google owns it and they have since 1999! You reckon they had a pretty good idea of how people would end up feeling about them? :tongue_laugh_ee:

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  1. Twitter:
    Hi Peter,
    Long time without reading you, you wrote the magic word : “Google”.
    It seems to be a really interesting case.
    I’m not confortable with Adsense but there has been few good study cases last months only about SEO though.

    If I correctly remember, with Modzilla and its Dofollow forum without moderation.

    That where the problem was according to Google.Each time, the webmaster asked for more details in Google webmastertool forum :

    productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/pg_4FmjEc_8/discussio

    Perhaps should you consider asking them?

    Thanks.

    1. Hey Vincent, I tried replying vial email but that didn’t work as they don’t monitor that address. I’ve tried their forums before and never got anywhere so I won’t waste my time there either.

      Thanks fpr the suggestion though. :wink_ee:
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  2. Twitter:
    Google is integral to all web marketing businesses and their success due to the power they have over our search efforts and listings. SEO is difficult and more serious with Google, but since they are about quality, I can see why. We should all strive to make Google happy!

        1. Thanks for the info Mitch. I’ve always deleted his comments from my Friday Funnies posts but thanks to you I can spam them from now on.

          As to this comment, it’s delinked.
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  3. just recently my ranking dropped and I thought something went wrong. It turns out I was blocking a spammer ID and google somehow landed on the same blocked page.
    Now I follow the google book by the letter and deal with my spammers through email software and not through wordpress plugins.

      1. No basically I was running a wordpress plugin IP blocker while running a cache plug in. It seems when google ran the site, it got the page that was intended for the spammer and that’s the result it pulled up. My ranking dropped and when I googled the site, it just said you’ve been banned which was the message I wrote for the IP blocker.
        All fixed but gave me a scare.

        1. Wow, that’s a plugin that people probably won’t want to use. Strange that the Googlebot got that message though. Either the plugin wasn’t working properly or Googlbot was coming from the wrong IP?
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          1. Not too sure. Luckily, I had just implemented the plug in so I had an idea that was the problem. Couldn’t find anyone having that problem online. I just deleted the plugin and waited a few days and ranking was right back to 2. The issue knocked me off the first page for about a week though.

            1. At least you worked it out. I know how stressful it is trying to track the cause of a problem.

              I tried to leave a comment on your blog but I couldn’t find a comment box?
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            2. Working on it. Had to take it off after that google issue and the spam. I was getting 500 unblocked spams per hour. I will get it back shortly


  4. Twitter:
    I believe that your post violates “adult or mature content” rule.
    Tolerance in this field is null.
    Google see your site through the eyes of a child.

    My advice is to remove the adsense banners to the entire page, including the sidebar (where I still see Adsense banners)

    1. Perhaps Albert but I reckon they’re stretching it a bit.

      I don’t think there is any need to remove Adsense in the sidebar. Their email specifically stated to remove only the Adsense in the post. It’s as if the post tainted their ad. Ads outside of the post is safe from infection :wink: The fact that Adsense is still appearing on the blog after the 72 hours deadline shows they’re happy with my actions.
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  5. Sire, Google’s message to you contains references to the term “sexual_aids” which I believe they have such serious allergy to.

    The ‘blond jokes’ page was referred to as just an ‘Example page’. So, this could mean they see many of these kinds of pages in your site.

    I noticed that every wassupblog page contains a link pointing to your ‘s.e x.u.a.l aids’ site at the rightside bar beneath the ‘blog roll’ widget. Could that link be what they’re complaining about?

    1. Actually, they were quite specific about me removing Adsense on that particular page giving me 72 hours to complete the task. There was no mention about any of the links in the sidebar.

      I’ve actually linked to that site within various posts mentioning how it was going. They’ve never complained about any of those.
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      1. Well, as the 72-hour period has long passed and everything seems fine, they must have been pacified with your response. :smile:

  6. Google has strict rules against sexually explicit content i think it would be according to words used in the post which Google think it would be abusive.

    I think if i could be owner of that blog domain it would be source of huge income.

      1. Hey Sire we understand that there is nothing abusive in that post but words used in Post title are not appropriate thought by Google

        1. Really? Exactly which words in the title “Friday Funnies #54 More Blonde Humour To Make You Laugh” do you think Google finds inappropriate?
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  7. Twitter:
    These guys can be brutal, as you know. I’ve had to remove a couple of posts that had nothing bad about them but they didn’t like certain words being used and the traffic they caused. That’s unfair because it proved that no one even read them, but what can you do?
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…Don’t Be Bullied About Your Blog Or Web SpaceMy Profile

    1. What can you do but bow down to the big G Mitch. One day though, they’re going to push us too far, and then :guns_tb: :laugh_tb:
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  8. I’m not getting enough traffic (or maybe I’m just good enough :) to not make Google mad. I haven’t had any of the warning that you have. It will be fun to watch as my traffic increases!
    Linda G Cox recently posted…AdHitProfits ComplianceMy Profile


  9. Twitter:
    I’m really surprised to see that Google itself owns the Googlesucks.com. Even Google itself know that it sucks. It is too difficult to make the Google happy in these days. The terms and conditions of the Google are reaching the sky where we can’t even reach. Even though we are getting good traffic for a period of time, it may decrease in future due to the continuous algo changes in Google. It is really too difficult to keep Google happy.

    1. Yep, reckon they knew even way back then that they were going to piss people off. :wink_ee:
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  10. It seems to me that Google does not like that page because of the joke at the beginning about the short fuse. None of the comments seem to be a problem and I don’t think the video is it either.

    1. I would tend to agree with you except for the fact that I don’t believe the GoogleBot actually gets the joke. I’m sure it’s programmed to look for words which may be of adult content, none of which exists in that post.
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  11. Actually i do agree with you to some extent. no doubt Google has really strict policies about every thing literally. If adsence is kicking someone out then we have other option as well for earning with blogs. But people do like to have adsence on their blogs. and finally i want to say, Google made changes to their algorithm quit often, that’s really a worry thing to seo experts. but they do for the sake of quality assurance only so that we get the best search results from our search queries, and that’s not really bad.

    1. I understand all that Muneeb, I just don’t like their double standards. They don’t like it if we display an image some people may find offensive but they’re quite happy to take money from an advertiser and display them on our sites.
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  12. I think its not a difficult task to keep Google harpy. You just have to follow the guidelines of Google. Keep Google happy and stay haapy

    1. The problem is you can post something that you think is totally innocent and Google will disapprove and slap you silly for it. Sometimes without any warning. I know people who this has happened to. At least they saw fit to warn me. This time at least.
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  13. That email from them is weird. I can’t figure it out. But at least they didn’t just ban you from adsense and then not pay out what they owe you for the past month. That has been know to happen to websites without warning. They’re really bad about giving details about which specific rule you apparently broke. Anyways, good luck with it…

    1. That they are and all is well once I removed their ad from that page. I’ve actually removed adsense from all posts in case next time I don’t get the warning.
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  14. haha googlesucks.com owned by…google. I got a good laugh out of that one. Jokes aside though, thats a pretty crazy email to get, hope i never have to deal with that!

    1. You just never know when Google will send you one of those emails. Heck, they may not even send you one and just delete your account. That’s why I have now removed Adsense from all posts.
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  15. The problem with Google is that what ever is “good practice” today is “bad practice” tomorrow – I have found that relying solely on Google to bring in traffic is like putting all of your eggs in one basket – I’ve been having great success with Facebook paid ads at the moment for both generating traffic, leads, sales and followers.

    As far as Google is concerned keep it simple my tips; good on-site SEO and quality original content that is for people not for search engines and you should be all good no matter what Google animal appears next!

    Cheers,
    Mark
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