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    Just a warning to those that are thinking of submitting to adsense - make sure the site you submit is purely a content site. I submitted a site that wasn't as content oriented as they liked and it was rejected. I spent the last week making a 75 page pure content site (just one teeny tiny text ad at the bottom) and couldn't submit it because my first application wasn't approved.

    I created a new account and submitted the pure content site but, I'm assuming, my address flagged it as being under my original account and it was refused also. When I asked for clarification why I was told it didn't meet their program requirements. I have no idea why it wasn't allowed as I've read through the policies several times and it sure seems like my site would qualify. My guess is that it was rejected automatically since my first site was also rejected and then they just used 'editorial discretion' as a reason to justify it when I asked about it. I could be wrong but I really don't understand why it would be rejected. It's strictly a content site.

    I'm bummed that after the time I spent on it I can't use the site, but I will say they were incredibly nice to deal with (tons better than Overture.) I give them a big thumbs up for that.

    So, to be on the safe side, if you're thinking about submitting to adsense make extra sure that the first site you submit is a content site.

    Kip

    PS If anyone is interested in buying a 75 page pure content site I know of one for sale.

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    "PS If anyone is interested in buying a 75 page pure content site I know of one for sale. "



    what is the content?

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    It's about heart disease. I would say about 50 of the pages are optimized. I used wordtracker to find keywords to target. A lot of the keywords targeted have a lot of adwords ads associated with them - such as keywords dealing with cholesterol, high blood pressure, healthy eating, diets, etc.

    If anyone is interested, send me a PM and I'll send you the url so you can check it out.

    Kip

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    I have a content site with ads and banners and google approved me.

    www.uscg.org

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    That's super. I sure wish I could say the same.

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    Kip, check your PMs.

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    Sure! They want to be the only ones who exploit out own links, our own pictures, and everything else on the Net. On top of this, they want to fill the entire Internet with their own text-like advertisements. This won't last that long, will it? Believe it or not, greed also has its limitations. I also hear that they pay whatever they please the adsense affiliates, don't they?

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    From what I hear over at Google, affiliate links are certainly not a rejecting factor.

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    >From what I hear over at Google, affiliate links are certainly not a rejecting factor.

    I'm told, your site is a SURE full crawl.

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    My site is pure affiliate links and I got in like flynn.

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    I've got a hobby site that got approved in about 24 hours. It was off to the races and earning very well the first few days, then the earnings dropped by about 75%. My site traffic was increasing, but earnings were sliding. The report indicates that the click thru's dropped off, so either users had seen all the ads already, or their ads were no longer as relevant and their spider was not working hard enough to keep up.

    In any case, I've emailed then and hope to get them to take a look.

    Has anyone else seen the same problem?

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    I've got a feeling that it all comes down to the mood and attitude of the editor who reviews your submitted site; not unlike the DMOZ drill.

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    i have an inside contact at google

    also, they do NOT reject sites that are not content sites. not at all.

    they WILL immediately (according to them) reject a site if you have:

    popups
    popup downloads such as freeze, gator, etc
    a LOT of banners
    any links to gaming and gambling, porn
    NO content
    ANY click incentives
    drug or paraphenalia related content/ads (including viagra, etc)
    incentives
    etc
    etc

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    well I've got a number of sites up on adsense - and I was VERY happy with the results. All the sites have a lot of content, no banners and tons of aff links. Then all of a sudden three sites get banned - for "adult" content !! and these are sites selling stuff for the home and office - go figure - no porn - nothing naughty at all

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    I'm just glad Google's keeping up the QUALITY. So the AdSense phenemenon could last longer.

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    I still think it is inconsistent as heck. One of the sites above that is IN the program has a pop-out, as well as banner ads.

    hello dmoz (your editorial model is over at Google now).

    And who is doing the editing? Maybe I missed it, but do they really have the staff to do that in such short order???

    Testing my ignorance - as usual

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    I'm sure that they are just using the searchsafe algo and if a site has is below a certain % purity level it gets auto kicked out. Would be nice if google would repond to emails though.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>
    i have an inside contact at google

    also, they do NOT reject sites that are not content sites. not at all.

    they WILL immediately (according to them) reject a site if you have:

    popups
    popup downloads such as freeze, gator, etc
    a LOT of banners
    any links to gaming and gambling, porn
    NO content
    ANY click incentives
    drug or paraphenalia related content/ads (including viagra, etc)
    incentives
    etc
    etc

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yes, well, the 75 page site was completely pure content with no bad stuff on it at all - popups, popunders, banner ads, porn, gambling, etc. and it got rejected so I think I inadvertantly did something to tick them off when I submitted my first site. I could be wrong of course, wouldn't be the first time.

    I will say again though that they were really great to deal with especially compared to Overture, Looksmart and the rest. I just wish they liked me.

    Thanks to the people who PM'd me about the site. It's now been sold.

    Kip

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    Well I did get a reply back from Google and they where very specific about a couple of videos that I had for sale. They're advertised on regular TV, but I can see Google's point of view about them being adult content. I can't say that I agree - but they set the rules.

    But the good news is that the adsense team really do read the emails and respond back - of course it might also have to do with the $$ that my sites generated before they got cut off.

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    My site is an incentive site and like I said I'm in like flynn.

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    I had a site denied...pure content, no ads, though maybe not as keyword-rich as they would like for targeting their ads. I asked for clarification, pointing out 3 very similar sites I knew of that had been approved. I didn't get any.

    I agree based on my experience that the approval criteria are quite inconsistent. I'd also guess that they went through an initial stage where they wanted to expand as quickly as possible and now are being more selective.

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    When I first tried to get into the program they denied most sites but the first one the accepted was one with a large number of pages on google (over 50K) and the other was a very old site - not many pages or traffic but has been around for a few years. I then added the rejected sites and had no complaints from google about them. ok - so they then kicked out the sites that they thought had adult content - c'est la vie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BigTop:
    i have an inside contact at google

    also, they do NOT reject sites that are not content sites. not at all.

    they WILL immediately (according to them) reject a site if you have:

    popups
    popup downloads such as freeze, gator, etc
    a LOT of banners
    (Snipped)
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    The one I applied with was accepted in an hour--and it has popups (no downloads though!), and it had those bright flashing WINNER banners running top and side, too!

    Of course, now there's one less flashing banner now that AdSense is on there.

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    Just an update on this - after 7 emails back and forth with some very nice people at Google, and a third declined site, it turns out that Adsense rejected my application (not my sites.)

    They reserve the right to decline certain publisher's applications and they declined mine. It wasn't my sites they didn't like, it was me. I haven't done anything "bad" or illegal so I have no idea why they would decline my application and since they refuse to tell me I'm completely in the dark about it.

    I've been over their terms and policies thoroughly several times and I should qualify with no problem so it makes me think they flagged my account in error but since they won't discuss it with me I can't point out whatever the error may be to them.

    Oh well, I'm on to more sales sites. I'm glad with the related searches additions that they are putting in that I didn't spend more than a few weeks on this.

    Kip

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