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
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.