Sunday, January 2, 2011

Adsense, ban or banners ?

My business,, got banned from Google Adsense for violating their content guidelines. The website is a health, well-being and beauty products directory. A good sex life being a requirement for a healthy life, there is a small section of sex toys, sex educational books, condoms and lubricants. That's exactly what got me banned.
There are several irritating things to this story. The first is that Google chose to comply with the hypocritical puritanism of the American society. The second is that because Google has the monopoly on contextual adds, it can freely enforce this policy, including on foreign countries with more liberal views (there is no French competitor in this segment of online publicity, a very frustrating fact). The third is that Google is behaving like an all powerful god by giving a definitive sentence. They claim you can make the required changes and submit an appeal but they also state "Generally, decisions to disable accounts are final.". That was my case. I made a quick comparison between the incomes from the "offending" section and the ones from the Adsense banners and Adsense was a clear winner. So I decided to bend to the system ; I removed the sex section and made my plea to Google but to no avail. Google never answered my emails and never got back on its "policy specialists" sentence.
So here is my prayer to Google, great god of online advertisement. I hope this will redeem myself.

“Oh almighty Google, I know that I have broken your policies and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful business toward a purer one. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I invite you Google to become the Lord of my website, to rule and reign my content from this day forward. Please send your Holy Crawler to help me obey You, and to follow Your policies for the rest of my website's life. In Google's name I pray, Amen.”