Google Ad-Sense be no more!

Today I have received notice that my Google Ad-Sense account has been suspended due to a breech of terms. I first applied for Google Ad-sense back in 2008 when I first setup this blog (October 2008) during this time I’ve had Google’s Ad-Sense ads only on my blog using a WordPress plug in called All in One Adsense and YPNThis plugin simply places the ads within your blog and I would have thought that it was compliant. So the only thing that must have been wrong was a setting in the configuration of the Ad-Sense channels, that I setup way back in 2008!

Here’s a copy of the email received to advise me of the breech of terms…

Hello,

We continually review all publishers according to our program policies ( https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-3pp-en ) and Terms and Conditions ( https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?&stc=aspe-3tc-en ). During a recent review of your account, our specialists found that it was not in compliance with our policies.

WEBMASTER GUIDELINES: Publishers may not place Google ads on pages that violate Google’s webmaster quality guidelines (http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769#quality). While we’ve included the following excerpts from these guidelines, we recommend that you take the time to review them in their entirety.

* Make pages for users, not for search engines.
* Don’t employ cloaking or sneaky redirects.
* Don’t load pages with irrelevant words.
* Don’t create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
* Don’t participate in link schemes designed to increase your site’s ranking or PageRank.
* Avoid “doorway” pages created just for search engines, or other “cookie cutter” approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
* Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, “Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?”
* If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

As a result, your AdSense account has been disabled.

Additionally, as stated in our Terms and Conditions, publishers who have breached this agreement may not receive further payment. The earnings on your account will be returned to the affected advertisers. Please note that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interests of our AdWords advertisers, and to maintain the quality of the AdSense program.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

I’ve attempted to review my Ad-Sense settings but I can no longer access the admin panel and it looks like the decision is final

So as a result there will no longer be any ads on my site! The last time I checked the balance of revenue, it was around the $55 dollar ($AUD) mark, I wonder if the strength of the Australian dollar has something to do with it! (just joking) However I must say that to get a suspension notice without any warning is not the best approach either, because then I could have reviewed the claimed breech and done something to fix it. Another thing that springs to mind is that I wasn’t generating much traffic so maybe that was a contributing factor (?) Anyway it’s done now, so Google Ad-Sense be no more!

Rain Gauge Mystery Solved!

Today I remembered to take a look at my rain gauge to see what the problem was with it not reporting any rain. Well it came to no surprise to me that the cause was non other than one rather fat arachnid!

The rain gauge has a rather nice housing that for the humble spider would be like the Ritz Hotel for free! so it was only logical that it would take up residence! Although it’s now too clear in the top image but there was web spun all around the pivot that measures the amount of water being dropped onto it preventing it from moving. So a good does of surface spray and it should be good for a while longer…

Oh ignore the 8.0 mm of rain recorded for today!

Android WordPress application updated

Just the other day the WordPress application for Android was updated to include http user login (I don’t use that method) and timed publishing for releasing a blog post at a set time (future posting) along with send password on post upload (I assume that this is for the previous option)

The only thing that I’d like to see would be a dark theme for the UI but overall the application I find suites me for on the go bloging! (OK I don’t do much remote bloging)

Posted from WordPress for Android

First decent day of rain!

Oh WOW! today has been a wet one, it’s been raining now for most of the night and pretty much all day so far, but my weather station claims no rain! So what’s going on there? well although I’ve not taken the top off the rain gauge I’d say a spider has most likely made a home inside the unit and possibly spun a web inside the gauge causing the mechanism to not read (I hope this is the case!)

Here’s the link to the data I feed into Weather Underground as you can see it’ looks like this has been a problem for a while (not noticed due to the lack of rain!) and the latest observations from the BOM claims a significant rainfall amount!

So when the rain eases a bit it’s time to investigate the cause of no rain measurements…

This is what the rain gauge looks like…

Australia = Super Nanny State

Well the Australian government has announced that cigarette packs are to be plain labeled with larger images of the effects of smoking to the user.

This is one measure that I think is taking both the tobacco company’s freedom to advertise their products away and treating all smokers like mindless idiots!

So what’s next? That chocolate bar that is making you fat!

Here’s the proposed packaging…  (image sourced from themercury.com.au)

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