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[Comments] (1) : For a while I was trying out AdSense ads on this site. They never brought in more than a paltry sum, and I stopped doing them yesterday, rather abruptly, when Google cancelled my AdSense account.

The web is full of stories of these arbitrary cutoffs, which I can now confirm in their relevant details. You get an email saying "we've cancelled your account based on classified information" and that's it. You get a pro forma chance to defend yourself, but it's not much good because you don't know what happened. It also doesn't make much difference, because the response always comes back: "we re-ran our classified algorithm on our classified dataset and it gave the same result as before, buh-bye".

Fortunately, I have a friend in the online ad business. Ryan's Project Wonderful mostly serves ads for webcomics right now, which is fine by me, as it means fewer "KEYWORD? Buy it now at creepysite.com" ads.

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Posted by Kevan at Fri Dec 29 2006 19:38

I've seen some people survive the arbitrary cutoffs - I suspect Google just don't go out of their way to spend time investigating and giving the benefit of the doubt to those with "paltry sums".

Creepy keyword ads are the new Spam As Folk Art. I'm still waiting for my Project Wonderful invitation to go through, from a week ago.


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