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  • NegBox 6:56 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adwords, FTC,   

    FTC Complaint on AdWords Ban – Yes, I’m still banned 

    Google’s final response to the San Jose BBB case was this:

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we are unable to provide any additional information. Google reserves the right to disable any ads when deemed necessary per the AdWords Terms and Conditions: https://adwords.google.com/select/tsandcsfinder. Again, we apologize for any frustration. Your AdWords account will remain suspended unless you have the ability to edit the content of the sites for which you were previously advertising.

    The whole thing is pretty insulting.

    Over the past few days there were some really great comments on the original post – with some really good ideas.

    Since the BBB channel got nowhere, I decided to file a complaint with the FTC – Federal Trade Commission. The FTC doesn’t attempt to resolve individual complaints – at the same time the FTC can do a lot to solve everyone’s complaints about something like AdWords and their practices – especially as Google gets as big as it is now. The only way for that to happen, though, would be for them to get a bunch of complaints, not just two. I’ll put in my grain of sand and wait for the avalanche. Maybe the FTC will get a hundred complaints over three years and act like they got them all last Tuesday – playing the same time-distortion games Google plays with everyone else.

    In case you’re interested, and it helps you file your complaint, here is the full text of the complaint I filed.

    Google AdWords service is using misleading and deceptive language, policies and practices with regards to suspending accounts. Furthermore they offer as a way of resolving AdWords service problems a course of action that is either impossible (modify sites you dont own) or would involve committing a crime. They offer no real recourse. They bar you from their advertising program as an individual, for life, and mark accounts that may be associated to your person. This does make me a less valuable professional in real life. If this was the corner coffee shop, that would not be a problem. The problem arises when Google uses these policies that provide no realistic recourse, and at the same time controls the great majority of search traffic worldwide.

    I filed a case with Google’s local BBB (the San Jose BBB, case #<withheld>) and received Google’s final reply of  “Your AdWords account will remain suspended unless you have the ability to edit the content of the sites for which you were previously advertising.”  These sites they are referring to are sites I dont own and Im not trying to advertise at all – It has been over two years since I advertised those sites. Google is knowingly acting in a devilishly deceptive manner, while ruining my good name and barring me from their system with no recourse.

    Google AdWords is taking permanent and continued action starting June 2011, based on events that took place at least a year ago, which merited a warning in 2010. Google unilaterally escalated the perceived severity of past actions and provides as a possible way of resolution an avenue which Google fully understand is impossible to execute. While Google’s explanations seem rational (‘fix the website’), and it may fully fit within the processes Google has defined, that doesn’t take away nor satisfactorily explain nor resolve the material facts that Google has permanently suspended me personally based solely on activity that took place a year ago, which they reviewed in due time a year ago, and provide no viable course of action to resolve the dispute amicably. “Fixing” a website I don’t own is not a viable course of action and Google insists that is their only acceptable means of resolution, and puts the onus on me. Google is knowingly asking to perform an impossible task, so Google can bar me from their system with the deceptive claim that I am unwilling to fulfill their requirements for compliance.

    Google continually cites they “Reserve the right to disable any ads…” That is not an issue here. The issue is that they are barring me for life with no recourse; that is not the same as reserving the right to disable non-compliant ads.

    Please give me a call if you have further questions.

    To file a complaint with the FTC, just go here and click the big “FTC Complaint Assistant” graphic.

    You’ll need a bit of Google’s business details, which they kindly provided via the BBB, and are these:

    Google, Inc.
    1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy
    Mountain View, CA 94043-1351
    Phone: (650) 330-0100

    Have fun!

    6/22/11 update: Don’t forget to also file your complaint with your state’s Attorney General. You can find your states attorney general webpage (and their online complaint form) right here in the National Association of Attorneys General directory or just Slash it with blekko.

     
    • Luke 12:47 am on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just found your post while searching online. The same thing happened to me, but the ads they banned me for were 7 years old.

      I wrote up the whole ordeal here: http://www.everstatus.com/03/29/google-bans-11-year-old-adwords-account-over-deleted-ads/

      I would suggest possibly filing a complaint with your state Attorney General. They have been instrumental in banding together to lobby the FTC to take action.

      Google has an amazing amount of hubris at the moment and it will probably take regulatory action to bring any sort of change.

      • NegBox 6:11 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        @Luke, great post on your blog – Thank you. I’ve just finished filing a complaint with my state’s Attorney General. I think I have a contact into his office too – Yummy! I knew I was forgetting something.

        Google is controlling a monopolistic-level share of something extremely valuable to citizens: The index to the internet. You either self-regulate and keep complaints low, or get doggy-banged by the government. It isn’t rocket science, the same deal has played out dozens of times before, yet it seems it takes more than a thousand PhDs to figure out.

    • Bil Smith 8:21 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve lost a handful of Adwords accounts over the years but it never really bothered me to be honest, but what they’re doing now is ridiculous. I lost accounts because I was doing things I shouldn’t have been doing – knowingly, no less – not because of something that I promoted half a decade ago that changed without any input from me. Google is the 600 pound gorilla in the room and they’ve relied on that to pull this kind of crap. Hopefully if enough people complain to the right people, something will finally be done.

      • NegBox 8:47 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Bil, that’s exactly the issue. You get banned for being sly… Fine. Move on or try again. You can’t complain. You get banned for nothing, and suddenly you’re on a crusade to avenge the wrong, embodied in the monstrous Googlezilla. Human nature at its best. What makes it most fun to watch is Google’s uncompromising out-of-this-planet idea of customer service and public opinion, which goes along the lines of “What customers?” – Behaving as if the world were static and timeless, or that an impenetrable shell can be created is, in one word: Solipsistic.

    • Matt 12:59 pm on August 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      any update on this post? curious if the gov-types made any mention of receiving your info.

      • NegBox 11:06 pm on August 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        @matt, they did – I got two letters from my state’s Attorney General. I really don’t expect much. If anything the whole experience is quite liberating. Now instead of trying my best to be a good AdWords advertiser, I try my best to be the sneakiest AdWords outlaw as possible – Way less stressful.

    • Hay 3:30 pm on October 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I too just found out that I am permanently suspended from my adwords account because of two failed campaigns I ran for about a month two years ago. I simply took two campaigns from an affiliate network that I am part of and tried some adwords ads. Guess who lost money? So, I stopped the campaigns and never gave it any more thought. Lo and behold, a few weeks ago i visited my adwords account and found myself PERMANENTLY SUSPENDED!! I emailed the great Internet god and found that I may as well talk to a brick. Certainly I could easily find more common sense talking to a brick. Couldn’t reason at all with them.

      Google insisted that the only way to be re-established was to make changes to the websites (which I NEVER DID OWN, NOR DID I EVER HAVE ACCESS TO THEM). Google is completely, totally, unreasonable and uncaring. They own the internet and set all the rules to suit their own profitability.

      Have you ever noticed that google’s attitude toward anyone trying to make money on the Internet is like you are pond scum (while they scoop in billions after obscene billions). Interesting, eh?

      Google is an INTERNET BULLY of the highest magnitude and the sooner someone legislates them the better. How can the governments of the world stand by and let this monster become even more monstrous?

      • NegBox 3:00 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Hay – A giant chunk of the responsibility for the way Google is today falls on us. And by ‘us’ I mean people directly related to technology – I can’t take all the credit, otherwise I’d say “me”.
        We used Google instead of Altavista, Dogpile, or Yahoo – MSN was out of the question since they were the Evil Galactic Empire ruled by Darth Gates. We switched everyone’s default engine from Yahoo to Google. We told everyone about Google. We made Google grow into what it is today. Why? First, they gave us the same shitty results as everyone else, except they had a very clean homepage – while everyone else had shit out the wazoo on their search page – Who wants to load a 1 Megabyte page on a 56K modem? Let alone set it as a default page…. Then Google started giving really good results – Took them YEARS to put out more relevant results than the other engines – Nobody gives a shit about the quality o the results if it takes forever to get them, though – so we all used Google then for its speed and un-cluttered-ness and gave them the chance to get better. Then they added ads to their listings and over time literally fucked us all in the ass and will continue to do so for quite some time… So better go get some K-Y.

    • Gyuri 8:36 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hey,

      How is your case coming with the FTC? Would love to have some updates.

      • Gyuri 7:43 am on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Just raised my FTC complaint. I focused on the fact that Google Adwords is a monopoly for online advertisement, and them banning you for life seriously impairs your prospects to enter the online market which is a necessity for survival. 🙂

        If there would be 4-5 players with 20% market share their ban would not matter, but this way it does. For an FTC complaint you need to focus on monopolistic nature of Google, and why they should not be allowed to ban an advertiser for life.

        • NegBox 10:41 pm on December 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Really “my case” is lob the grenade and run. Not gonna chase the FTC. Now does anyone really believe that because Google doesn’t want me to use their systems, I won’t if I need to? If I had a choice, then I would respect that – When I don’t have a choice, well then I just don’t have a choice.

      • Gyuri 11:43 am on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        One more thing I wanted to mention that the Adwords team could simply block questionable URLs in campaigns instead of banning people. This treatment is totally rude. In the US Justice system not even murderers get a permanent ban for life.

    • Gyuri 7:34 am on December 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      One more addition: If you are living in the EU the new data protection scheme will allow individuals the “right to be forgotten” , meaning someone can request the deletion of all personal data, such as IP email etc. This way they wont be able to ban you for life. Screw you Google, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/8388033/Online-right-to-be-forgotten-confirmed-by-EU.html.
      I will be one of hte first person to request this for my Adwords account.

  • NegBox 6:45 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adwords, Ban   

    How Google Banned Me – And The Simple Way to Save Your Ass 

    I wish someone had told me this two years ago: Google associates your AdWords account to the domains that you advertise. Worse yet, they associate it to the domains and then refuse to break that association. Just to be clear: Its not the domain you have on the display URL or your tracking domain if its in the middle – its the domain -and the page- where the user lands. They keep track of where you are sending the users and the quality of your account becomes forever linked to the quality of experience those pages give the user.

    It doesn’t matter if you delete the ads by over-writing them with blanks like I did. It doesn’t matter if you delete the ads, then the ad groups, then the campaigns and all the campaigns in your account and don’t do much of anything for a year. You might as well be advertising child porn to soccer moms during Christmas.

    So now you know how to avoid getting banned. Simply put: Never, ever, ever, use AdWords to take users to a page you don’t control. They insinuate they let you get ‘unbanned’ if you correct the pages – which you obviously can’t do if you don’t own them.

    Curious to know exactly what happened to my account? Here are the details. If you’re interested in more background, here’s a post with images from the first time they sent me a warning. Note that since about a month before the time of that warning, I haven’t ran a single impression, ad, click, or unpaused any campaigns – all I did was delete my campaigns several months ago and now enter new billing info in the form of a coupon they sent me.

    The low-down

    I used Google AdWords to advertise fatloss4idiots.com and (another site). Several months after I stopped all my advertising to those sites, on July 8th 2010 I received an e-mail from LPQ-Support@google.com letting me know those two sites violate the landing page guidelines. I had not advertised those sites for several months. They asked me to make changes to the sites. Which I can’t do – fatloss4idiots.com is not my property, so I agree to never advertise them again and delete those campaigns. I have not advertised anything on AdWords since July 2010. All my campaigns have been deleted for several months now. On May 18th I receive an e-mail from Google Adwords (adwords-noreply@google.com) with a $100 coupon, saying “Here’s $100 to come back to AdWords” it seems to be a coupon for people that have not advertised in some time. So I log in to my AdWords account and put the code. The code works fine – $100 is added to my account – and I don’t touch anything else on my account. On June 8th I receive an e-mail that states my AdWords account has been suspended forever. I call their support line and after describing the problem, then I get e-mail saying their decision is final, to not to ask them why or call again. I called them again on Thursday and on Friday I get the same “our decision is final” email with no information or recourse.

    Adwords Support Sucks Flaming Ass

    Reality check:

    To keep the post at the “reality” level, lets keep in mind that all the Google policies and procedures are optional, they can be over-ridden by management, they can be applied selectively, they are defined in one meeting on Monday and changed around on Thursday. Just because someone tells you something is their process, it doesn’t mean it is a law of nature – It means the people you are talking to don’t know or don’t want to help you – it doesn’t mean things can’t be changed. Corollary: Everything changes, its up to you to find out how to make it change the way you want it.

    What next?

    Not sure. I’m not sure my time or money would be well spent getting this overturned. I haven’t used AdWords for anything for a year now. This is a problem I might have to solve when the need arises. Without an active income stream from them, its hard to justify spending time and resources on this when there are better things to do – I can see it having some strategic value, and it pisses me off ‘to infinity and beyond’ – yet it doesn’t seem to make much business sense to do something with it right now. So… Not sure.

    Update 6/15/2011:

    After posting on the blog I decided to cut and paste a chunk of this post and send it to Google via the BBB as a complaint. As Mike pointed out, the BBB is useless and powerless. Google had this to say today:

    We write in response to {witheld}. We understand that your AdWords account was recently suspended. Paused ads for disabled sites are still subject to review by our team. Please keep in mind that pausing or deleting ads related to the disabled sites will not automatically re-enable the ads nor remove the violation history. Our team has confirmed that this suspension was correct. And the account will remain suspended unless the violating sites are brought into compliance according to our Site and Quality guidelines. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but unfortunately we cannot provide any further assistance in this matter. Google’s primary objective is to provide safe, relevant experiences for our users. The decision to suspend your account was made after careful review of your account and the low quality landing page experiences promoted through your ads. We do apologize that this issue came to our attention shortly after you received a promotional offer. Our Terms and Conditions, to which you agreed to when you signed up for AdWords, state that Google reserves the right to disable any ads when deemed necessary. You can review these Terms and Conditions here: https://adwords.google.com/select/tsandcsfinder
    Initial Response Summary
    We have reviewed the AdWords account and confirmed that the suspension was correct.

    This is a standard mind-fuck response. In case you’re wondering what’s going on here: Its a set-up. They’ve pulled a process out of their ass that makes sure you can’t fix your situation, yet it sounds reasonable and they offer no alternatives. In other words, they do whatever they please – Like that was news.

    So I wrote them a little response, really for the principle because I don’t want the BBB to say “Yay! Successfully resolved the case!” when what happened was nothing. My rebuttal:

    The explanation about the internal processes of Google does not satisfactorily resolve the material facts: Google has taken permanent and continued action starting June 2011, based on events that took place at least a year ago, which merited a warning in 2010. Google has unilaterally escalated the perceived severity of past actions and provides as a possible way of resolution an avenue which Google fully understand is impossible to execute. While Google’s explanation seems rational, and it may fully fit within the processes Google has defined, that doesn’t take away nor satisfactorily explain nor resolve the material facts that Google has permanently suspended this account based solely on activity that took place a year ago.

    So, next up should be where Google says “Lalalalalala I’m not listening! You are gone!” and case closed. Stay tuned.

     
    • Earl Grey 9:54 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Unsuprisingly with my background and complete lack of interest in following any rule i lose tons of Adwords accounts.
      No real cossitency of reason and i can lose one account and do exactly the same in another account but keep it.
      Seems sometimes there is a crazy jobsworth just comes and denys or bans.

      • NegBox 3:29 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        @Earl grey – Then there’s that black hat route you bring up. Sorta “If you brand me an outlaw, I’ll get off the nice mouse wheel and truly become your nightmare” approach – which I have to agree is as valid as any approach. Everything flows thru the path of least resistance. If it’s significantly easier for me to bypass the rules than play by the rules and the payoff is comparable, you can fully expect me to go dark. By eliminating the payoff for good behavior, and a mechanism of redemption, Google creates a nightmare scenario around this service – pretty short-sighted. A sign of a B-player somewhere in leadership there. You gotta give the little people things to play with that you can see and are relatively harmless… It’s like a religion here: If you couldn’t ask for forgiveness and salvation by doing something, you’d have no disincentive to try to wreck the machine.

    • Mike Chiasson 10:55 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      When you get adwords banned do they ban your analytics/gmail accounts as well?

      I had some other questions but forgot by the time I scrolled by the ladies.

      • NegBox 2:21 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        It just shows a message as a regular alert inside the AdWords interface. You can still browse around. Other stuff like analytics, etc, remains unaffected as far as I can tell.

    • Earl Grey 2:22 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      No its just adwords.
      Dont ever just download an upload your campaigns to unbanned accounts.
      they have some kind of hashing and can tell.
      Start new campaigns based on what you have learned.
      Some accounts can give me a $5 return for every $1 spent and then when i put it in a new account i can get $8 for $1.
      Country you set your account up in makes a dramatic difference.
      UK starts slow and gets better.
      Switzerland starts well and declines.
      I have no reasonable explanation to explain any of this.

      • NegBox 3:31 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        @earl grey: Good tip, man. Looks like I’ll have to read your blog some more and add you to the blogroll.

      • Dan p 11:14 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Earl – How about US?
        Do you usually create accounts with UK?

    • Ryan Eagle 9:13 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yea i’ve heard and experienced a lot of sketchy stuff with Google Adwords.

    • greg 6:34 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi NegBox,

      I received the same mail on 9th July 2011. Permanently banned from AdWords for advertising fatloss4idiots.com – AND NOW LISTEN: 4 YEARS AGO. Yes, that’s right right: I ran a a month long campaign in June 2007 and the paused it. I haven’t even used my AdWords account in the last 2 years.

      And by the way: Google hasn’t ever sent me any final warning.

      Can you believe this? They banned me for advertising something 4 years ago WITHOUT ANY – NOT EVEN FINAL – WARNING!!

      Google is evil.

      Greg

      • NegBox 2:54 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        @Greg Sorry your comment got flagged as spam, just fished it out. I thought scanning “paused” campaigns for compliance was unreasonable, yet I chalked it up to “whatever”. Now taking into account deleted stuff and even going back years, pretending like the time dimension doesn’t exist, or expecting people to ignore it when attributing consequences to events is not just ridiculous – it won’t hold up to scrutiny. You brain’s evolution connects events that take place close in time according to your short human time scale. If you call your girlfriend “bitch” and she stabs you with a fork, it’s ‘a domestic dispute’. If you call your girlfriend “bitch” and she tracks you down five years later and stabs you with a fork, its ‘attempted homicide’. Unfortunately for Google, time matters for humans.

    • Patrick 5:31 am on June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, nearly exact thing happened to me. They banned me for an old deleted campaign that I hadn’t run in 3 years, domains were all parked when they banned me:
      http://www.pjkdirect.com/2011/03/adwords-account-banned-clear-mistake

      It is worth the fight to get back in. There is still a gold mine their if you know how to use it…

      • NegBox 3:11 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Well.. Honestly now, it isn’t worth my time or the frustration to play the support-phone-tag anymore. The worst possible scenario is one where they reinstate my account, I go on the have a good income stream from them, and then they decide to cancel it again for what happened five years ago, and I have no clue how to work around them. That scenario will not play out. When the time comes, I’ll either find (aka: Social engineer) a contact high enough in Google to straighten it out for good, or (perhaps in parallel) just open an account as an advertiser from one of the countries I do business in and either outsource it or use my VPN and VMs to access that account and segregate billing and domains.

        • me me me 2:59 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Segregate billing? How is it possible to have multiple adwords accounts when I need adwords invoice to deduct expenses for tax reasons? Are adwords aware of the credit card or paypal account, or whatever, the name the money is coming from? Perhaps slightly mispelt names? You say you get past this because you’ve set up LLCs in various countries, I’d appreciate something lighter since doing so usually means tax ambiguity, you can be charged taxes both in that country and your home country…

    • Patrick 5:35 am on June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Additionally, the whole “set your own landing page” doesn’t always work. They will ban you for bridge pages in a second, or anything close. Direct linking can still work great on the content network. It is a sacrifice for sure. Bridge pages will get you killed in a day though…

    • didi 6:38 am on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      NegBox, was the ban because you ran ads on the search network?

      @Patrick Direct linking is allowed on Google content network??? This is the 1st I’ve heard of that, which verticals or offers work on content network? I have a feeling if I try an email submit on the content network the banhammer will come.

      • NegBox 3:59 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        @didi: This is a case of Customer Relationship Management left to engineers. Many businesses have customers that cause the business a loss, once the segments are identified, you try to get rid of them. Everyone does this, from ATT to Best Buy to your local Zoo — You calculate things like the Lifetime Value of each particular customer and provide them service and offers to match. You use price points, service hours, service levels, you send offers to only certain customers, you do or do not offer the customer a bonus for not defecting to a competitor, you ignore or include them on your market research, etc, etc. That’s how you get rid of the bad customers. You CANNOT however stop them at the door of the Best Buy and tell them they are barred forever from Best Buy because your predictive engine tells you they are just going to buy the loss leader and there is a 50% chance they will return it, causing a loss instead of a profit – and to not think of wearing a mask because your super-duper technology will recognize them and boot them. See the problem? In some ways this reminds me of that movie “Minority Report”.

        @didi: The ban is completely unrelated to where I ran ads.

        @me me me: Too many questions man. I don’t have all your answers.

    • me me me 11:43 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      well then u can lick me scottish balls laddy

      • NegBox 5:45 am on June 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Scottish salty balls!

    • fm1234 12:31 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      That may be the greatest picture ever posted on the Internet. No, not the tits; they’re nice and all, but I’m referring to the demotivator. Is that a cap from ‘Brazil?’ I’ve never before thought about it, but associating Google’s support with the universe in which that movie takes place actually makes Google support seem a lot more sensible.

      Frank

    • fm1234 6:38 am on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’d also nominate a pic of the interrogation chair; captioned “Advertiser Review: Confess quickly, or you’ll ruin your credit.”

    • kt 11:56 am on August 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Their rules can be very stupid the way they apply it to all cases as a blanket. For example their bridge page rule can be a good thing or completely idiotic. Here is my response to them for being accused of a bridge page but of course they are not going to budge from their dumb position so I will just have to find alternative advertisers:
      —————————————-
      Wow, your requirements are pretty strict. So in essence you don’t allow resellers of any kind even though some offer great services such as in my case having the same low price for registration of domains and renewal. Just for your information here are a few sites that google adwords are running on and have been running for a while that are exactly the same:

      *****Here I included 4 pages that were doing exact same thing as my ad from the first two pages of adwords listings of a keyword search*****

      And this was just a quick search. I have seen many more!

      BTW, I believe it should also be noted that I am not simply sending visitors to somebody else’s page. That particular page is my reseller page with my
      own custom settings and prices. That is why you see the huge title “DomainOfferer.com”. So it is not exactly the same as me redirecting people
      to a completely separate site. It is basically my site that is hosted on another domain. I certainly pay for it so it should be mine.
      Regards,
      —————————————————-
      Google is a good company but many that work for it have a special arrogance that deserve to be slapped around a bit.

    • Dean 5:45 am on October 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ok bro,when I got suspended I was shocked and all fucked up, thinking I did something really bad… well I found the phone number to call them directly and the arrogant prick actually laughed as he pulled up the offer that caused the suspension that I really had no clue as to what the fuck. It was an email submit from peerfly, free ipod scam bullshit that I had already deleted before I was suspended so I was like ” well fuck dude I deleted it and I know it was bullshit”
      anyway.. I called peerfly and he told me to abandon that account and start a new one in another sir name.. using my first name and not my middle as I did.. and a different address and a new email.. and that worked. Now I know better than to promote lead gens direct links. You must only promote from your own site,so like Negbox says, so you can control the shit google doesn’t like.. They are such bullies.

  • NegBox 11:30 pm on July 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adwords, , Warning   

    FUCK YOU GOOGLE – An Illustrated Love Story 

    Jake, your mother called and she said you kissed Melinda five years ago while we were dating - And now she's pregnant. It must have been you, filthy bastard.

    Woha Mary, that's not true... And why do you bring this up when we're getting along so well?

    Mary, let me call my nosy mom and see what she meant. I'm sure I did nothing wrong!

    See? Like I said...

    SEE! I think it was just a kiss. ONE KISS six months before we met!... We were experiementing. Why are you getting so worked up? Why do you take it so seriously?

    You know what Mary, I'm sick and tired of your High Maintenance stinky ass. I'm leaving - FUCK YOU BITCH!

     
  • NegBox 2:15 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adwords, , Google Webmaster Tools, Googlebot,   

    How to Get Google to Index Your Site Once and for All 

    Here’s an idea I tried with Google that worked as far as I could tell… After two weeks of submitting my SEO site via their Webmaster Tools and sending them a good Sitemap.xml (plus the site had the sitemap where it belongs – its a WordPress site), the Google dorkheads were not indexing it – They were downloading the sitemap every couple of hours but telling me they had indexed something ridiculous like ten pages… Out of over a thousand.

    Here’s the bright idea: I noticed back in March that when you create and run an ad on AdWords, you get a visit by the Googlebots… They scan you, they score you and they do other unspeakable things. Here’s a screen capture of the Googlebots as they were scanning my site:

    GoogleBots Scanning my Site

    So I took a CSV file with a list of all my URLs and smacked it into the Adwords Editor, created a new campaign with ridiculously low CPCs and set it to run – Mind you I had to chop up the list since it seems I have some serious limits on my AdWords account, so I put about half the list into it… A few MINUTES later Google reported 747 URLs indexed! Coincidence? You try it and tell me.

     
    • Mike Chiasson 11:00 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Heh now that you mention it this make sense. I had a few landing pages get indexed and I couldn’t figure out why. I have a domain I use a lot for PPV traffic and so I just will be like mikemaindomain.com/ppv1 and not worry about editing robots.txt since there will be no actual web links to the product. However a few of these got indexed and couldn’t figure out how. However I know I was running some adwords tests on them at some point.

      GREAT TIP though. Thanks for sharing!

  • NegBox 3:55 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adwords, , Training   

    AdWords Lab – Ad Innovations Awesome Tools 

    Really interesting stuff on the Google Ad Innovations page. Some very interesting tools and ways to target that I knew nothing about – and I can see myself using most of them!

    Kudos to Ran Aroussi for pointing out this resource in his e-mail list.

     
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