I got some emails and these could not wait for mailbag monday…

Hi Shoe-
Yesterday I noticed Google Adsense changed many things. One is this:

“Sites displaying Google ads may not include: Deceptive or manipulative content or construction to improve your site’s search engine ranking, e.g., your site’s PageRank”

So does this mean I will get banned from Adsense for optimizing my site for search engines now?



Ray – Interesting view on that. I am 100% sure it is not Googles goal to ban SEO’s from Adsense. I think Google is just trying to be as broad as possible with there terms of service (as any company is). When was the last time you actually read a terms of service? I think you will find many of them try to give the company a “its not our fault you violated TOS”.

I think you are probably safe to proceed to SEO your site with what adhears to the Google Webmaster Guidelines.

Basically you cant cloak or do what Google considers “blackhat stuff”… Well unless you are a major news paper. (sorry had to do it)

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11 thoughts on “Google Adsense Banning Users For SEO?”
  1. Sorry just had to laugh when i read this. As i find G tries to keep things so broad at times so they can just throw out the you violated our TOS is why we booted you without having to give much more detail.
    I think the average webmaster has nothing to worry about, even those leaning to the “dark side”.

  2. Stupid TOS ruins peoples lives.

    I tried to sell my e book on Click Bank and it only sold like 20 copies, so I stopped and tried to cash out my account ($50), but they won’t pay me because:

    “our ‘Customer Distribution Requirement’, which states your account must reflect sales made with 5 or more different credit card numbers, including at least one Visa card, and one MasterCard in order to be eligible to receive a check. PayPal and e-check purchases do not count toward the minimum.”

    They say this is so you don’t use your affiliate link to get discounts. I didn’t even market any products besides my own. So I can’t get paid MY money?

    At least Google doesn’t enforce theirs too strictly.

    I put together a page to post these stories. Check it out at PosTos.mdm-solutions.com Send me all your stories so I can use the content to manipulate my page rank and make money from adsense.

  3. Deceptive or manipulative content or construction

    Sounds like the normal FUD, just expanded for Adsense. Basically SEO is okay, just don’t even think about doing anything shifty or we’ll ban you and point to the TOS. And don’t buy any links…bad webmaster.

  4. Interesting comment about ‘major newspapers’. I just finished some training on our SEM techniques where I work (a major newspaper) today as a matter of fact. Ironic! I’d love to hear your take on it.

  5. Actually, this particular part has been in the policies for a year or two. It was added during the whole blog spam craze because obviously Google didn’t want their ads showing on pages being promoted (and getting better ranks in the serps) through methods such as blog spam. So this actually didn’t change at all.

  6. They should just go the route of YPN and kick people out without even giving a reason or responding to emails whatsoever. People can’t complain if you ignore them.

  7. I thought it looked familiar … but are you sure it wasn’t rewritten a little for, as Shoe explains, a “broader” approach?

  8. The AdSense Program Policies have always included Google’s webmaster guidelines, and those state that you shouldn’t do any deceptive SEO stuff. So yes, it’s always been there but now it’s made more explicit.

  9. Well, ClickBank does state this policy on their site. The problem with the PayPal payments is that they can’t verify the physical address associated with the email account, which they can do with credit cards. They require a certain number of payments from different counties, states or countries before they send the first cheque. This doesn’t just apply to vendors, it also applies to affiliates.

    If you’re going to sell something on ClickBank (like I do) then the best strategy is to build yourself up a mailing list of potential customers before you start selling your product, and then sell to the list first to get those initial sales going. You still have to promote after that (my sales page is lame, going to overhaul it this weekend) but it’s good to have a way to get over the initial hurdle.

  10. Google actually has done this, and just because they don’t give you a phone number doesn’t mean users can’t complain. They just do it publicly now instead of privately over the phone. Skimping on customer service is never a good move.

    The worst thing about AdSense is that Google will ban your account and keep your earnings just as quickly for your competitors’ fraudulently clicking your ads in an act of sabotage as they would had you fraudulently clicked your own ads.

    AdSense sabotage gets very little coverage, but it is rapidly becoming a major problem that is costing a lot of small publishers and bloggers a fair amount of money.

  11. Do you think that a website that has a niche in SEO would have problems? I highly doubt google would ban you for doing SEO, unless it breaks the guidelines

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