I had a sense of déjà vu yesterday when I got an e-mail from Google’s AdSense department, informing me that my account has been disabled because it is not in compliance with their terms of service. I’ve had AdSense ads on my blogs for years now and earn several hundred dollars a month from them, so obviously this is a serious issue that I need to resolve. The only problem is that I have no idea what the heck is wrong!
The only explanation I got was that: “AdSense publishers may not display Google ads on webpages with content protected by copyright law unless they have the necessary legal rights to display that content. This includes sites that display copyrighted material, sites hosting copyrighted files, or sites that provide links driving traffic to sites that contain copyrighted material. Examples of copyrighted content which may require legal rights in order to be displayed include, but are not limited to television shows, movies, and audio files; access to streaming cable or satellite television; books and/or e-books; video games, and images.”
Okay, what the heck does that mean? There was no further information as to what they are talking about specifically and it’s up to me to file an appeal and convince them I am in compliance. I spent hours yesterday going over everything and cannot find anything that would seem to apply except my own books and e-books, which are my own creation and which I own the rights to. No television shows, movies, audio files or any of the other things they mention.
This is weird and frustrating. I’m not doing anything different than I’ve been doing for over 7 years. And the ads are only disabled on my RV website and blog. They are still on the Bad Nick blog and my self-publishing blog and website. Those have the same ads for my e-books and such. They are even still on some of the RV pages! And there’s no way to call or e-mail Google and talk to a real person to find out what the issue is. All I can do is file an appeal online, and leave it up to them to decide my fate. But how can I appeal something if I don’t know what I allegedly did wrong?
It reminds me of that old familiar feeling when I was married to my first wife. I’d come home and get the silent treatment and ask what was wrong, and the reply was, “If you don’t know I’m not going to bother telling you!”
These ads are not just a hobby for us, the income generated from them is an important part of our income stream. I have an account with another advertising program called ClickBank, which I have never used, but I may have to look into it if we can’t get things resolved with Google. Last year my blog had somewhere around 650,000 visitors, so I’d think somebody out there would want us!
Meanwhile, we had a lot of friends show up here at the Long Beach Thousand Trails yesterday. Dan and Patty Chance pulled in and parked one site away behind us, and Nancy Kissack is parked two sites away. And then I found a note on the windshield of the Explorer from our friends Ed and Stevi Hackenbruch, who are also here in their MCI bus conversion. While I was busy trying to figure out the problem with Google, Miss Terry was busy stuffing envelopes with the new issue of the paper. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon and we can spend some time visiting with everybody.
Thought For The Day – The road to success is always under construction.