I just got a strange e-mail from Google, and I wanted to ask if anyone else has gotten something like this before:
I'm not sure I get this. I basically can't write a hub that mentions Google or their services in any way? :confused:
Never saw the hub, but this seems to be the flag
"This includes any sites that attempt to create a false association
with Google or use Google trademarks in the URL. '
as you had "adsense" in the url
But, if thats all it was, there will be thousands of disgruntled site owners tonight!
Exactly, it's nonsense that you can't write a hub about AdSense, or Analytics, or Google search. Talk about being uptight about people mentioning your company name. They are the biggest search engine in the world, and by mentioning them supposedly I am breaking a policy. There are tens of thousands of articles and hubs online that do this - otherwise there wouldn't be any content about Google AdSense at all on the web. This is a very strange warning they've sent me. It's kind of annoying too since I was making most of my money from that hub.
Did you have any Google graphics on the hub? That's what it sounds like to me.
I've just read the hub and can't see anything wrong with it. There are no logos and it doesn't read as if you are anything to do with Google.
It's a standard article about optimising revenue from adsense through optimising and research.
Only question I'd have is whether any of your links to products upset them.
Sorry, can't help.
The reason for the flag is pretty simple. Your writing about the ads on your site. Adsense which means people reading about your post now know if they click on those ads you are getting paid for it. This violates googles terms as no mention is allowed anywhere on the site as it creates a sense of false clicks.
Actually I avoid inferring that Google pays for clicks on my hubs as best I can. I simply state that you can earn money with Google Adsense when people visit the hubs you've created which have AdSense ads on them.
visitmaniac, are you saying it's best to avoid writing about AdSense altogether?
I haven't seen that one before, but it certainly is covered in their terms of service. Although the wording of the email seems to imply otherwise, the TOS suggests that you can use Google Brand Features as long as you follow their guidelines (which you do not appear to have complied with).
Searching for the text of that email yields few results, so my guess is that this is a relatively new layer of enforcement.
I would quickly delete anything that seems to irritate Google. Is one hubpage - or even several - worth risking your google adsense account?
Just a random thought - You do use the word "Click" in that hub. Perhaps not telling people to actually click on an ad, but it could have triggered an automated response from Google.
I actually make sure that nothing I write with an adsense block has the world click in it. Perhaps I'm overly cautious, but I've grown to love my adsense income.
When you define something as "Prominent usage" it becomes a bit tricky. I think mentioning all there services in one page might be the reason that you got the warning. Since you are not asking to click on ads anywhere in the hub I doubt mentioning "clicking on ads" was the reason for the warning.
But you don't know that for certain. And a lot of it depends on what they are seeing as the big picture with their substantial data mining skills. That's why I stay far within the envelope with them. The downside is way too down.
They might be tired of people making a living telling people how to game adsense. You just don't know. They've changed the ballgame on people lots of times during their brief adsense existence.
I just had a read of the policies, I'll try putting all the references to Google in quotes and seeing if they'll amend their decision.
Some of their policies are pretty fascistic and draconian. These could drive anyone attempting to follow them to the letter up the wall.
Looking over your hub, it appears that these small things might be the problem.
1. 'plainly adsense' The way you use this might imply that there is a different version of adsense. For us we know what you meant but to a newbie, they might not.
2. CTR, from what I understand, it is best to stay away from anything related to CTRs.
3. CPC, should also be avoided. To Google, it might sound like you are "gaming" adsense and telling people how to get higher paying ads.
I would get rid of this entire paragraph.
Filtering and weeding out phrases with a CPC (Cost-Per-Click) that is low (i.e less than 80 cents). There's no point writing a hub about a topic that adsense offers 0.09c per click when there is a related phrase offering $5.20 per click. Consider the CTR is 2%. You've just raised profits from $1.80 per 1000 pageviews to $104 per 1000 pageviews and all it took was 30 seconds of quick research.
or example a high number of advertisers are competing for the phrase "cancer" with the going rate average being $2.13 per click. The competition for the phrase "Super Mario" is lower and has an average rate of just 0.10c per click. So if both articles receive 50 clicks the hub about cancer could earn above $100 while the hub that is about Super Mario games will not earn more than $5.
IMO, in a way this article is like slander in the sense that you are sorta telling your readers not write about Mario because they don't way. Which may or may not be true, the point is that you are still using ctr and they really don't like that.
I thought your hub was really good btw. So this is just what I see. Good luck.
Yes you have to be VERY careful when using ant term related to Adsense.
I wont even put "click" "CTR" or anything like that on a blog.
And that letter is Adsense's standard warning letter.
Back when Adsense actually talked to you, I had several communications with them after getting e-mails like that.
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