For those of you who know me well, you’ll appreciate that I am an honest person and yet Google have decided that my AdSense account should be disabled.
For those of you who know me well, you’ll appreciate that I am an honest person … not prone to profanity, racism or any illegal or immoral acts … I’m even relaxed over sexual persuasion and religious beliefs … and yet, for some inexplicable reason, Google have decided that my AdSense account should be disabled.
I received an email from Google earlier in the week stating that my account had been disabled although they wouldn’t give me a reason. They told me that I could appeal the decision and gave me a link. Initially I thought this was one of those horrible spoof emails one gets from time to time from one’s bank – asking you to give away details in order to gain access to personal information and ultimately steals your identity.
So, having tried to log into my AdSense account I did in fact find that it had been disabled. I went through the rigmarole of filling in the necessary form, but being at a loss as to why the account had been disabled in the first place, I had no idea how to respond fully. I merely stated my case – I hadn’t clicked any Google ads on any of my websites, I hadn’t paid anyone to do so, I had only used AdSense on two or three websites. As far as I was aware I’d not violated any of their terms and conditions.
They came back to me within hours and said that they still couldn’t reinstate me – still without any reason being given.
I decided it may be worth my while having a second bash at it so resubmitted a further appeal stating that I didn’t know how to respond to them fully as, without some sort of explanation from Google, I couldn’t possibly imagine what I’d done wrong. I added a comment to the effect that normally in both civil and criminal law, I couldn’t be tried and convicted if there was no evidence presented to me proving a crime had been committed and thereby enabling me to answer for my crime and put the matter straight, but once again I was told that the decision still stood – I was banned from using AdSense and still no solid evidence was put forward.
But not only have I been banned – Google get to keep all the revenue that I’ve amassed over the last year or so. So they’ve made a tidy profit out of the companies that have advertised on my websites but have also stolen money from me which I’ve rightfully earned up until recently!!
Stupidly I now feel slightly sullied by the whole affair but I have been looking at other companies that will allow me to place ads for revenue on my various websites and thankfully there are one or two out there I’m going to look at. During my search I came across a site which gave a Top 10 of alternatives to AdSense – http://www.rosswalker.co.uk/adsense_top10.
Before that, I came across a site www.warriorforum.com which contained a forum dealing with AdSense alternatives and it was plainly obvious that I was far from alone in my plight of being banished to the wastelands by Google for some inexplicable reason and with no evidence put forward to prove they’d committed some heinous crime!
Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google
Maybe Google should look to its own back yard before casting aspersions on law abiding people They’re currently being hauled over the coals here in the UK for evading tax payments. By all accounts they should have paid £1.2bn of tax http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/apr/20/google-uk-tax-avoidance to our government. And what really goes against the grain and sticks in my craw is the recent statement by Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google, telling the world he’s “very proud” of the tax avoidance scheme and states “it’s just capitalism”. It seems though that it’s not just the UK that are looking into the position but other European countries including France, the Netherlands and Italy are now having a “probe” and even further afield, Australia are looking into the ethics of Google.
It seems tax that should have been paid to these countries has been sneakily tucked safely away in a Bermuda account. Bearing in mind Google are making billions of pounds out of us all, it seems ludicrous that the Chairman should openly boast that, in effect, he’s denying the rest of the world tax that’s rightly due, particularly during the recession when the majority of people in those countries are struggling to make ends meet.
If Google don’t take a serious look at their ethics going forward, they could find themselves on the end of a sharp and particularly shitty stick and rapidly see their profits going down. Hopefully it’ll lead to Mr Schmidt’s demise and then perhaps he’ll see what it’s like to live on the bread line while other “capitalists” are failing to pay taxes. And, Mr Schmidt, if you do find yourself on queer street just watch that you don’t make a little bit of money, are accused of a crime and convicted without any evidence being given, and then having to forfeit what profits you have made legitimately!!!