Trying to figure out what this really means. Google has canceled my adsense account because trhey don’t like the content of my site. While that state that they believe in freedom of expression – clearly they do not. I therefore based on he way I was treated do not recommend Google AdSense to anyone who is a free speech site.
One thing to keep in mind is that Google as well as most of these affiliate programs write the rules in their favor and can change the terms and conditiona at any time. And they do that. The only recourse we have is to drop thier programs and tell them to go fuck themselves and report it on the net to warn others about how I was treated. So – I’m doing that.
When I tried to log into my account they had a new modified agreement that they wanted me to click on before I could see my stats. So – I don’t know how much they owe me or if I will get paid. I refused to agree to the new terms.
Here’s the letter from Google.
We’ve noticed that you’re displaying AdWords ads on a site
(www.perkel.com) that violates our program policies.
Our program specialists regularly review AdSense websites for various
criteria, including, but not limited to, site content, clear navigation,
and the site’s potential value to the AdSense program and the user
We’ve found that many of the ads that would appear on your site would not
be relevant to your site’s content. Because these ads wouldn’t provide a
valuable experience for your site’s users or our advertisers, we believe
AdSense isn’t currently appropriate for the website listed above. As a
result, we’ve disabled this URL.
Google has certain policies in place that we believe will help ensure the
effectiveness of AdWords ads for our publishers as well as our
advertisers. We believe strongly in freedom of expression and therefore
offer broad access to content across the web without censoring results. At
the same time, we reserve the right to exercise editorial discretion when
it comes to the ads we display in our AdWords program and the sites on
which we choose to display them in our AdSense program, as noted in our
respective terms and conditions.
Please feel to reply to this email with any questions. If you manage or
own another site on which you’d like to display AdWords ads, you may reply
to this email and include the URL in the message. We’ll be happy to review
this site and consider it for Google AdSense. If the new site complies
with our program policies, we’ll approve your application and allow you to
serve ads on that specific site.
Thank you for your understanding.
The Google Team
To access the Google AdSense home page or to log in to your account,
please visit: https://www.google.com/adsense
This is the new contract they want me to agree to. Fat chance!!!!
Welcome to Google AdSense. Please review and accept our Terms and Conditions shown below. You’ll then be able to paste the AdSense ad code into your web pages and start running AdWords ads on your site within minutes.
Updated – In response to recent feedback regarding the Google AdSense Online Standard Terms and Conditions, we have made clarifications to this agreement in the following sections: Prohibited Uses (section 6), Confidentiality (section 8), Payment (section 12), Publicity (section 13), and Miscellaneous (section 17).
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October 16, 2003
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