I’m too naughty for Google Adsense.

Seeing as I’m unemployed at the moment I thought I’d break down and try putting Google’s AdSense service to use and see if it generates any income at all. So I filled out the application and sat back to wait and see what happens. I got the following email back the other day:

Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. After reviewing your
application, our program specialists have found that it does not comply with our policies. Therefore, we’re unable to accept you into Google AdSense at this time.

We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below. If you are able to resolve these issues, please feel free to reply to this email for reconsideration when you have made the changes.


– Inappropriate language


Further detail:

Inappropriate language: We’ve found that your website contains content that isn’t in compliance with our program policies. We don’t allow websites with excessive profanity or potentially offensive content to participate in Google AdSense.

I was actually surprised by this. Sure, I use some pretty strong language on SEB by some folk’s standards, but I wouldn’t call it “excessive” compared to a lot of other sites out there that do carry Google’s ads. I’m assuming it has to do with the URL itself and the tagline or they’re just worried that all the rants about religion will piss off too many folks. Oh well, I suppose that just means the question of whether I should put up ads has been answered for me already. Not like I’m going to change my style just to make Google happy.

14 thoughts on “I’m too naughty for Google Adsense.

  1. You’re not missing anything. I ruled out signing up for Google Adsense not long after I started my blog. The reason is that there seems to be no way of preventing the alternative medicine and quackery ads from appearing. Given that one major theme of my blog is skepticism and the debunking of quackery, that is a problem.

    What really turned me off was when I saw that the webring hub of the Anti-quackery Webring had ads for colon cleanses and herbal breast cancer “cures.” If the Anti-quackery Webring can’t prevent those ads from appearing, how am I going to?

  2. They saw “Stupid Evil Bastard” at the top of the site – then saw “What the fuck is wrong with you people?” and turned you down based on that. You’re making the reviewer’s job easy, I suppose.

  3. The adsense people sound like idiots.  Why should they care what the content of your site is. 

    I’m sure there are products that are designed specifically for use by bastards and people with something the fuck wrong with them.  Those products need advertising too.  It’s discrimination I tell you.

  4. Actually, going for the review site probably isn’t too bad an idea.

    I agree that it’s most likely the site name and tag line, not any particular content.

    FWIW, though, I think I’ve earned a total of $12 or so using the program since I started it (and I don’t get a check until it hits $100 or something like that).  I’m just too lazy to remove it, and occasionally find some of the match-ups amusing.

  5. Les: Stick to your guns. Political correctness has overtaken the country. Any words beginning with F, A, C, or V will tag you as a savage and must be avoided. I went through the army, from Pvt to M/Sgt, and don’t remember any occasion when a simple declarative sentence was used without an epithet. A good hearty F, A, C, S, V,or P is often needed for emphasis, and I recommend a continuance of the practice, with moderation when little ears perk up.

  6. Sensible User: Well, what’ve you got?

    Internet Provider: Well, there’s porn and liberal politics; porn atheism and liberal politics; porn and filth; porn liberal politics and filth; porn liberal politics atheism and filth; filth liberal politics atheism and filth; filth porn filth filth liberal politics and filth; filth atheism filth filth liberal politics filth tomato and filth;

    BLOGGERS: Filth filth filth filth…

    Internet Provider: …filth filth filth porn and filth; filth filth filth filth filth filth internet games filth filth filth…

    BLOGGERS: Filth! Lovely filth! Lovely filth!
    Internet Provider: …or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried porn on top and filth.

    Google User: Have you got anything without filth?

    Internet Provider: Well, there’s filth porn atheism and filth, that’s not got much filth in it.

    Google User: I don’t want ANY filth!

    Sensible User: Why can’t she have porn liberal politics filth and atheism?

    Google User: THAT’S got filth in it!

    Sensible User: Hasn’t got as much filth in it as filth porn atheism and filth, has it?

    BLOGGERS: Filth filth filth filth… (Crescendo through next few lines…)

    Google User: Could you do the porn liberal politics filth and atheism without the filth then?

    Internet Provider: Urgghh!

    Google User: What do you mean ‘Urgghh’? I don’t like filth!

    BLOGGERS: Lovely filth! Wonderful filth!

    Internet Provider: Shut up!

    BLOGGERS: Lovely filth! Wonderful filth!

    Internet Provider: Shut up! (Bloggers stop) Bloody Bloggers! You can’t have porn liberal politics filth and atheism without the filth.

    Google User: I don’t like filth!

    Sensible User: Sshh, dear, don’t cause a fuss. I’ll have your filth. I love it. I’m having filth filth filth filth filth filth filth internet games filth filth filth and filth!

    BLOGGERS: Filth filth filth filth. Lovely filth! Wonderful filth!

    Internet Provider: Shut up!! Internet games are off.

    Sensible User: Well could I have her filth instead of the internet games then?

    Internet Provider: You mean filth filth filth filth filth filth… (but it is too late and the Bloggers drown her words)

    BLOGGERS: Filth filth filth filth. Lovely filth! Wonderful filth! Filth fi-i-i-i-i-lth filth fi-i-i-i-i-lth filth. Lovely filth! Lovely filth! Lovely filth! Lovely filth! Lovely filth! Filth filth filth filth!

  7. There’s some lovely filth over here, Dennis…

    Really.  They let Dooce have adsense and she talks about poop and swears all the time!  WTF!

  8. Perhaps you should change your name to a more politically correct: Intellectually Challenged Evil Bastard.

    (As an aside to the topic of offensensitivity, I was, er, released from a job interview once with the comment, “hmm, we don’t use that kind of language here.”

    On the way to my car I wracked by brain trying to figure out exactly what language I used, and realized I had said ‘crappy’. It’s very fortunate for their sensitivities that they let me go on the spot. I shutter to think what their reaction would have been had they hired me. I can just imagine the collective aneurysm they would have suffered the first time my computer crashed or I closed my finger in my desk drawer.)

  9. I’ve decided not to pursue it further. I agree that it’s probably the work of an automated bot that visited the page rather than a person and I might be able to get the decision reverse if I pitched a fit, but I’m not that hard up to get ads on here to go through the effort.

    Additionally it’s the fact that I could end up carrying ads for the very craptastic products I rant about that Orac mentioned that convinced me it wasn’t a good idea. My goal is to convince folks not to waste their money on them, not give the quacks further exposure through advertising on my site.

  10. I’ve been running it on my blog, and given some of the ads its popped out I’d love to know how their scanning algorithm or whatever works.  I made one post about getting a haircut and then ended up with a week and a half or more of hair salon and related ads.

  11. Yeah, it’s not too pretty getting booted off just like that because some publisher thinks you haven’t met their “guidelines.” Fortunately, google made it clear ahead of time and didn’t waste your time like they did with me.

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