2/01/2007

CHANGES IN THE WIND

I will be soon canceling my Blogger account, and moving this blog to a new address. Bruce of YBMT will be setting the new blog address up, and as soon as we have it finished, I'll provide you with the link that takes you there.

I have been with Blogger for two and a half years, and I wouldn't have had reason to switch until Google Adsense disabled my adsense account. Blogger is run by Google, and I didn't want to continue using that company's services.

I received the following email from them:

Hello Tom Reindl,

It has come to our attention that invalid clicks and/or impressions
have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s). We have
therefore disabled your Google AdSense account. Please understand that
this was a necessary step to protect the interest of the AdWords
advertisers.

A publisher's site may not have invalid clicks or impressions on any
ad(s), including but not limited to clicks and/or impressions generated
by:

- a publisher on his own web pages
- a publisher encouraging others to click on his ads
- automated clicking programs or any other deceptive software
- a publisher altering any portion of the ad code or changing the
layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason

These or any other such activities that violate Google AdSense Terms
and Conditions and program polices may have led us to disable your
account. The Terms and Conditions and program polices can be viewed at:

https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?hl=en_US
https://www.google.com/adsense/policies?hl=en_US

Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further
participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The
earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected
advertisers.

If you feel that this decision was made in error, and can maintain in
good faith that the invalid activity was not due to the actions or
negligence of you or those you are responsible for, such as employees
and family members, you may appeal the closing of your account. To do
so, please contact us only through this form:

http://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/request.py?contact=invalid_clicks_appeal&hl=en_US

If Google decides to evaluate your appeal, we will do our best to
inform you quickly and will proceed with appropriate action as
necessary. If we have reached a decision on your appeal, subsequent or
duplicate appeals may not be considered.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

Naturally, I appealed. When I asked which IP addresses had generated the "invalid" clicks, Google's response was that they couldn't reveal the IP address or addresses because the program that monitored such activity was proprietary. Yes, that was the word they used, "proprietary". I know what it means in terms of specifications for construction processes and materials, but I am pretty sure that it doesn't have squat to do with revealing evidence when you are accusing someone of doing something wrong.

I made this decision because I just didn't want to deal with Google anymore, and I won't be using their search engines either.

I plan on visiting the Google building, laying a crisp twenty dollar bill down on their conference table, and telling them it represents my offer to purchase their company. What do you think...will they accept, or be insulted? ;)

2 comments:

BruceD said...

I don't know, Tom. I think Google can be pretty innovative and creative, but certain parts of it just keep coming up short. It seems like they try to do everything so well, but this Blooger thingy is just... bad.

By the way, go to wordpress and start looking at some templates:

http://wordpress.org/extend/

ChilledBeer said...

I think ur post was quite silly to be honest.
Maybe there were invalid clicks. How are you so sure? I had a friend whose account was disabled but he appealed and won.
Also the offer to buy google and stuff..Yeah i know its a joke..but its a very 7-yr old joke.
I love blogger, and the various things it lets you do. I dont think any other blogging service will have these many features. After all , they kinda invented blogging.

http://blogbible-main.blogspot.com