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How to get your Adsense account deleted fast

Don’t try this at home kids…

One spammy technique to massively increase your Adsense clicks is to arrange thumbnail pictures to the left of a vertical run of Adsense ads, so that at a quick glance the Adsense ads appear (are assumed) to be explanatory text accompanying each image.

Make the images eye candy for horny, time-wasting young-adult males (the kind that hang around Digg, say), and you’re gonna get yourself some real good Adsense CTRs, except you’re breaking the rules big time. Oh, and make sure the images are not linked (which no-one with any brain would forget to do unless the whole thing was a deliberate attempt to deceive people into unintentional Adsense clicks.)

xuol.net are naughty

Are you listening xuol.net (no you’re not getting my link), whoever you are? Are you seeing this Google?

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  1. Posted 10 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    For a long time having images next to your Adsense ads was not against the rules and was recommeneded by many of the “pro” blogger sites. The practice is still seen pretty much everywhere – is Google really cutting off these accounts?

  2. Alister Cameron
    Posted 10 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    David,

    The policy clarification from Google is here:

    http://adsense.blogspot.com/2006/12/ad-and-image-placement-policy.html

    and I think it’s pretty clear.

    The images in that post are so close to what you see on xuol.net, it’s uncanny!

  3. Posted 10 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    ** Note to copywriters and internet marketing experts **

    The secret, hidden lesson here is images (certain types and placements) can increase click-thru’s into important pages.

    These guys aren’t dumb. Sure it’s only a temporary pay-off, but they’re certainly improving their adsense CTR’s nonetheless.

  4. Alister Cameron
    Posted 10 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    Brent, if by temporary you mean “until Google catches up with them and kills their Adsense account”, then my question is… what then? Go to YPN or some other contextual ad service?

    How long before they’re out of options? Then what?

    It’s not real. It’s no way to run a business.

  5. Posted 10 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    Yeah – sooner or later G’s going to catch up with them.

    A lot of these black-hat guys have “Plan B’s” – second accounts, alternative web-sites generating revenue, alternative ad providers etc..

    It only costs $8.99 for a new domain (ask any Black Hat SEO guy) and it’s easy enough to churn-and-burn.

    But every time their ads get turned off, it hurts.

    I know someone who was making a sizeable wad of cash through AdSense… When G banned him for a TOS violation, they also cancelled and reversed the cheques which they’d sent him – even cheques which had CLEARED into his bank account!

    And, now when he has a legit site he wants to display contextual ads on, he finds he’s on a black list… And even when he hides his identity, he has problems getting approval.

    THAT is where it can hurt.

  6. Posted 10 years, 9 months ago // Permalink

    You make a good point Al.

    In terms of adsense and SEO it is smart to think long term. Google has a team of guys that are infinitely smarter than anyone else around. They are recognised as having the hardest recruiting process in the game.

    The tricks that we think of have already been thought of by google and they have filters in place to catch you.

    Although many Black Hat SEO people think that moving domains and hosts and changing company names and addresses is a way around it , I ask “Where is the long term benefit?” In building a website you need to build an asset, something that you can eventually sell!

    Also I dont like the idea of having to change my company name, address and URL all the time – its time consuming and down right annoying.

  7. Posted 10 years, 7 months ago // Permalink

    I don’t think it is worth to risk. AdSense is a good way to make some money (for some, good money for others). For the moment I like it also, until I find some other better solutions. I don’t want to risk it.

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