Way better than any Click 4 Click scams out there (that just end up getting your account banned and you lose all your money).
Well, I guess meeting the quota for Google Adsense is now out of the question…I woke up this morning to check my email, only to find this in my email inbox:
After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense account. Your outstanding balance and Google’s share of the revenue will both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.
Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google’s advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we’ve taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find more information by visiting
The Google AdSense Team
To be honest, I’m extremely pissed off. I was almost at the $100 mark to get paid, and a day or so before I could meet that amount, my account was disabled. After doing some research, I found that C4C on Tumblr was the cause, because it breaks the TOS in some way (though it was stated in the small print). I was getting social traffic, rather than getting organic traffic (i.e. asking people to click my ads and in return, I would click theirs.)
So, to those who are using C4C, please be careful! Find another alternative to monetize your Tumblr, or open an actual website, otherwise you could meet the same fate. I’m sorry to those who have been clicking my ads, you were a great help and you gave me hope! I’m sorry that you wasted your time, though. Thank you so, so much for helping me with the gas situation to get me to and from school…I really do appreciate it.
I just hope that none of you end up with disabled accounts too - Google may begin to crack down on this “fraud” soon and take your accounts out as well.
Actually, it’s not in fine print, and it’s told to you not only in the ToS, but when you sign up and they give you a short page of basic rules.
Not to mention, it’s pretty obvious that asking for clicks is fraud.
As someone who uses AdWords to advertise, it’s pretty crappy to find out someone’s been clicking your ads with no intention to buy, just to make money. It costs the advertisers money every time you do that. It’s not like you’re taking from the billion dollar Google corporation (they profit)…you’re actually taking from the advertiser, who is often just a little guy like me who’s extra money goes into ads because they’re trying to get their business off the ground (about 75% of businesses fail in the first year).
More recently, there has been a surge in peer-to-peer sharing, and formal sharing institutions are quickly becoming a thing of the past. It doesn’t require an in-depth analysis to recognize the role of technology in this shift. What started online as the sharing of information has quickly turned into a full-fledged economy, with individuals sharing their homes, cars, and skills with the help of mobile devices.
What started online as the sharing of information has quickly turned into a full-fledged economy. As the sharing economy grows and individuals assume the risk of sharing personal property, they are turning to technology as a way to mitigate those risks. People renting their homes through services like Airbnb are relying on social network profiles and online reputations of potential renters to gauge who they should share their home with, while services such as TaskRabbit link directly into public records that allow them to perform background checks of potential “rabbits.”” —JESSICA SCORPIO, founder of peer-to-peer car sharing service Getaround, from What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy? (via fastcompany)
I don’t care what you do with my stuff as long as you link back to me.
- Do not make visible to mobile devices
This produces a frown among many experts because it sounds contrary to what you are after — a higher click through rate. However, seeing as you pay for each click, it makes a lot of financial sense to post your Adword campaign to show up on PCs, laptops, netbooks and such only. The reason being is that although users may see your ad through their mobile devices and such, rarely do they make or complete a transaction through it. They usually wait until they get to their laptops or desktops where they will feel more secure in making any kind of financial transaction. Since the same individual will access the ad from two different IP addresses, you will have to pay for the two clicks.
- Stay away from irrelevant search results
Not many people know this and that includes the so-called experts. Assuming your site deals with Information Technology solutions, you do not want to have your Adword campaign to show up on sites that deals with crime, the military, death, profanity, sex and bizarre contents. Here’s how you do it when setting up your Adword campaigns.
Click Help on the Google Adwords page, type “exclusion tool” on the search box and select the first entry on the results page (How do I use the site and category exclusion tool). If that doesn’t work, copy and paste this on your address bar “this adwords.google.com/select/ContentExclusionStart” without the quotation marks.
- Under the Topics tab, you will have to click the different sub-categories that are not relevant to your Adword campaign. Clicking them will exclude them from displaying your ad. The reason why you may want to do that, again, relates to savings on those clicks that are very likely not going to be converted into sales.
- Under Page Types, you will likewise have to click Error pages and Parked domains. There is no sense in showing up on error pages. Parked domains are essentially websites that are not working at all so a person clicking on your ad from these kinds of sites are hadly going to close a transaction.
In any Adword campaign, you would want to minimize clicks that do not convert. Hence, filtering out non-buyers, various other products and searches that are not relevant drastically cuts down on unwanted clicks and increases your return on investment.
- Check low performance keywords
Aside from the fact that keyword relevancy is given emphasis by Google, you will have to check your keyword periodically and optimize them accordingly. Optimizing can cover items such as your clickthrough rates, conversion tracking, your call-to-action, landing page, and so on.
Tell people the advantages they get when going for your company or product. You can talk about offerings or specials using verbs like low cost, instant processing, fastest delivery, extremely affordable, and the list goes on. Face it, everyone wants a freebie and for those who seemingly give it out constantly, they also rake in the money since a lot of people would want to get that something special along with what they purchased.
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Anyone know of a good To-Do list App or Widget for my Android phone?
How about one for iPad?
Free Apps are preferred but I’ll pay for something that’s very functional.
9’s latest project, Condiment, launches today!
Condiment is a digital magazine that is fully designed to have the same type of look and feel like as you’d see in a print media magazine, versus a traditional digital media or blog format. I shared a sneak peek about the project and details on its creation/development this past week. I mentioned that it had been in the plan for some time to create something like this. I want to experiment with what’s possible or what could be done differently in content.
Here’s a look at today’s cover:
Creating content like this is not necessarily easy. But it’s worth it.
I admit I love working on it. I’m always a little obsessed with the things I make like that. It’s been fun to experiment and create and I’m excited about working on it.
Here’s my favorite article format for today’s edition:
As a reminder, it’s still in a beta stage. There will be things to tack down and work ongoing for the next few weeks and months.
Condiment is the second digital media company I have created. I founded one in 2004 that was bought in 2007 by somebody else.
I’ll share posts and what’s going on, what I’m learning, etc. as we go here when I can.
This is really cool.