When Are Terms of Service Violations So Over The Top Where They Don't Violate?

Mar 12, 2009 - 8:29 am 1 by
Filed Under Google AdSense

I spotted a thread at both DigitalPoint Forums and Google AdSense Help discussions that is extremely suspicious.

The user is linking to a page that has AdSense ads on them, calling this user out for violating Google's terms of service. It seems like this guy really wants the publisher to get banned. So he calls them out.

My thoughts? Well, I got a few.

(1) I think that this user may want to ban other AdSense publishers and maybe put up an AdSense ad with their publisher IDs in the ad. Then made the page overly against Google's terms of service, in an effort to ban these publishers. This happens and it sometimes works.

(2) The page which is over here is overly in your face on Google's terms of service. It doesn't just violate one issue, but virtually all of them. At some point, you can expect that this looks like a fraud and that anyone who visits the page thinks it is a fraud.

(3) These are so over the top that punishing this publisher doesn't do any good. They simply want to be punished (not that I think the pub ids in use are the ones who did it, see #1). I can't see most internet users actually taking the time to click on those ads. Heck, they probably would leave the site immediately. But what do I know.

I hate seeing this type of stuff and I rarely bring this out into a post over here. But this is just way over the top and I decided to share it.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums and Google AdSense Help.


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