How many of you have actually read Google’s TOS? Did you know that they could disable ads on your site if you posted something that was contrary to their policy? Naturally they have the right to do so if you post something that’s against their policy, but it seems that it’s all open to interpretation, Googles interpretation that is.
Some months ago I received an email stating that they were disabling all ads on my Top Sexual Aids blog because;
AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on pages with adult or mature content. This includes any
content that is sexual in intent or may not be considered family-safe.
OK, I can see how that site would fit in that category so I wasn’t too fussed, I simply emailed them apologizing for my error, and removed all their ads.
Imagine my surprise when I received another of these emails, this time about my Load of Bullshit blog, mainly this post. Here is their email in it’s entirety.
While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as http://www.loadofbullshit.com/2008/05/20/penile-extensions-now-available-via-the-penis-extender-deluxe/.
Please note that this URL is an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of your website.
As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on pages with adult or mature content. This includes any content that is sexual in intent or may not be considered family-safe.
As a result, we have disabled ad serving to the site.
Your AdSense account remains active. However, we strongly suggest that you take the time to review our program policies
) to ensure that all of your remaining pages are in compliance.
Please note that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the future.
The Google AdSense Team
I was a little surprised as that post was completely tongue in cheek and not of a sexual nature at all. I sure didn’t expect them to stop serving ads to that blog because of it. I removed their ad and then asked them to reconsider because I felt they made it in error. Their reply;
Thanks for your email. However, please be aware that because your site was found to be in violation of our program policies, it is no longer eligible for participation in the AdSense program.
Your account remains active, and you are welcome to place Google ads on other sites which comply with AdSense policies.
No problem, after all it’s their product and so they should be able to police it any way they want. Just as a matter of course I decided to Google the term ‘penile extensions’ only to find that there were several sponsored sex sites. So while I’m not able to display adsense on that site Google is quite happy to take money from sites that link to places a lot more sexually explicit that mine will ever be. Somewhat hypocritical wouldn’t you say?
Anyway, the point of this post wasn’t to have a go at Google at all. Rather it was to get you to go through your posts just in case you’ve inadvertently posted something that may cause Google to stop serving ads to your blog.