Here is a copy of an email I received from the Google folks today. I recognize that it is probably an automated letter, sent out by some cold, efficient little piece of code, but I thought it warranted a response…so here it is:
Subject: Google AdSense Policy Enforcement
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 16:34:08 -0800
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
Publishers are not permitted to encourage users to click on Google ads or
bring excessive attention to ad units. For example, your site cannot contain
phrases such as “click the ads,” “support our sponsors,” “visit these
recommended links,” or other similar language that could apply to the Google
ads on your site. Publishers may not use arrows or other symbols to direct
attention to the ads on their sites, and publishers may not label the Google
ads with text other than “sponsored links” or “advertisements.”
Please make any necessary changes to your web pages in the next 72 hours. We also suggest that you take the time to review our program policies
(https://www.google.com/adsense/policies) to ensure that all of your other
pages are in compliance.
Once you update your site, we will automatically detect the changes and ad
serving will not be affected. If you choose not to make the changes to your
account within the next three days, your account will remain active but you
will no longer be able to display ads on the site. Please note, however,
that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Google AdSense Team
Respectfully, I don’t tell you guys what to put on your site, you shouldn’t be telling me what I can put on mine.
Why don’t you go after those vast Google adword “farms” that seem to be popping up all over, who provide no real content beyond a link-fest designed to line someone’s pockets and push out viral adware, rather then picking on a tiny blog site that gets maybe a handful of click-throughs per year?
Feel free to disable my adwords account if you choose, but I have better ways to spend my time then hunting down the handful of references on my own site to things like “please click on some ads” or “support the site sponsors”. That’s my business, not yours. I can live without the $4.27 worth of revenue that you won’t send to me anyway until I hit $100, which, barring a link from Instapundit, at the current time frame, should be in 2029.[ADBLOCKHERE]
The one nice thing about being so small and doing this from motivation other than monetary gain is that it grants me the freedom, dare I say it, the sheer joy, of telling you “NO”.
I note that you are a whole lot less “strict” with your own self-imposed rules to “Don’t be evil” when you apply them to yourselves.
So bugger on off Google…Go back to colluding with the Chinese government to crush more dissidents in your relentless search for market entry, while pretending that you reside at the center of the universe. Cut me off of my pitiful Adwords revenue, I need you not!
I. DON’T. CARE. Chew on that.
P.S. I thank you for your time.