The strong arm of Google AdSense

I’ve been using Google AdSense on my sites for quite some time. One of the largest of those sites is CSFBL, my online baseball game.

Google shut down that site’s access to AdSense because of the following statement on the “Support Us” page:

You’ve all seen the ads throughout the site. Please support CSFBL by supporting these advertisers!

They stated that such a statement “contained language that encouraged clicking on ads”. I could see if I said, “Click on the ads on this site to make us money” — but that’s not what I said. After all, I’ve heard radio ads (promoting radio advertising) state, “Support this station by supporting its advertisers.”

Perhaps I should say, “Please visit the companies that advertise on this site, but please don’t click on their ads for fear that such clicks will be deemed invalid.”

I could argue, but why bother — I won’t win, and it’s a heck of a lot easier to complain here, remove the one line of text from the Web page, and get on with things. Which is exactly what I’m doing. 🙂

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