Google AdSense duplicate advertisers
In our occasional forays into using Google AdSense, one of the problems that’s made it not worth using is duplicate advertisers, particularly one company that I didn’t like because they ran those “free with survey” offers that you can find all kinds of complaints about all over the internet using barely different names and URLs which are all fronts for the same company with the same offer. I, being finicky and crotchety, don’t want USSM readers to see ads from them. But when they run many, many different sites, it’s hard to block.
I’ve been tinkering around with it a little more this weekend (obviously) and it’s back.
a, “Free All-Star Baseball” game
b, “Free Baseball Blanket” game
I’ve written the Google people really nice, detailed letters about this where I say “here’s what’s happening, it means we get ad bars filled with three similar scammy ads from companies that are supposed to be different but are not, here’s why it’s a pain to watch and monitor…”
Google’s terms of service for advertisers expressly prohibits this. It can’t be that hard for Google to know these are all the same people: it’s the same company, for starters, so it’s likely the payment information is the same, but moreover, each child site carries identical information, each has the same contact information – heck, the same phone number.
That Google doesn’t stamp this out makes Adsense a lot less attractive.