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June 29, 2011, 05:08:56 PM
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Just had an Adsense account of mine get shut down, although it was only making me pennies. I've heard/seen of this happening to others too who ran Bitcoin-related websites. Has this happened to anyone else?
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June 29, 2011, 05:09:22 PM
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Just had an Adsense account of mine get shut down, although it was only making me pennies. I've heard/seen of this happening to others too who ran Bitcoin-related websites. Has this happened to anyone else?
I hope not.

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June 29, 2011, 05:17:30 PM
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Just had an Adsense account of mine get shut down, although it was only making me pennies. I've heard/seen of this happening to others too who ran Bitcoin-related websites. Has this happened to anyone else?

I can co-sign that. I let my visitors know that week accepted bitcoin donations. Then a week or so later they suspended my account because supposedly they couldn't prove certain traffic coming to my site or some BS like that. Bitcoin has a target on it's back believe it.

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June 29, 2011, 05:27:40 PM
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Just had an Adsense account of mine get shut down, although it was only making me pennies. I've heard/seen of this happening to others too who ran Bitcoin-related websites. Has this happened to anyone else?

What reason did they give you?  Targeting bitcoin would run counter to their "do no evil" pledge.

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June 29, 2011, 05:28:42 PM
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Just had an Adsense account of mine get shut down, although it was only making me pennies. I've heard/seen of this happening to others too who ran Bitcoin-related websites. Has this happened to anyone else?

Time to move to a bitcoin advertising network.

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June 29, 2011, 05:37:23 PM
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That's unsettling, any further explanations?

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June 29, 2011, 05:38:23 PM
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What reason did they give you?  Targeting bitcoin would run counter to their "do no evil" pledge.

On what grounds do you base that assertion? The word "evil" is purely subjective.

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June 29, 2011, 05:39:53 PM
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Time to move to a bitcoin advertising network.

Interesting Idea.

I wonder how feasible it is do do advertising without tracking cookies and client-side scripting?

Pay-per-click should be possible without cookies (and would work with text ads). Pay-per-impressiion would be trickier.

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June 29, 2011, 05:40:37 PM
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This is why we shouldn't have super entities such as wal-mart, google, facebook, etc...


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June 29, 2011, 05:42:18 PM
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What reason did they give you?  Targeting bitcoin would run counter to their "do no evil" pledge.
Ha ha, do you usually blindly believe what marketers tell you? Are you familiar with the concept of doublespeak? Oh boy.
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June 29, 2011, 05:47:51 PM
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That totally sucks. Thanks for the warning. Clearly someone has instructed them to do this.

Adsense are always totally unanswerable anyway so they can easily get away with it.
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June 29, 2011, 05:59:58 PM
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running a js bitcoin miner reworks the stats to a very noticeable degree, in turn gaming adsense.
How is it this wasn't realized before?

newspeak has nothing to do with it.

a decent bounce rate on a regular site seems to be around 20%, look at your bounce rate chart and the different will be all to noticeable to have any complaint.

You are gaming adsense whether you knew it or not.

I wonder how a good majority of you got to be this way.
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June 29, 2011, 06:01:12 PM
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What reason did they give you?  Targeting bitcoin would run counter to their "do no evil" pledge.
Ha ha, do you usually blindly believe what marketers tell you? Are you familiar with the concept of doublespeak? Oh boy.
Exactly my point.  If Google really is singling out bitcoin (maybe they are, maybe they aren't), it should be noted how such an action would be viewed as contrary to the values of people that hold freedom in high esteem.  Google took a very strong stand in favor of freedom in its dealings with China (to the point that it presented a significant risk to its earnings and share price).  Such an action against bitcoin would stand in stark contrast to that position and could unwind any goodwill they engendered from taking such a stand.

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June 29, 2011, 06:31:33 PM
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It's pretty premature to be blaming this on bitcoin content. Google may do a bunch of bad things, but they want people to show ads except for a certain number of known categories - and with those they are upfront about it. They have real problems with clickfraud though, and for sure their algorithms get false positives. Combine that with ultra low traffic ("only making me pennies") and it's not worth their time to care about a identification specifically. In fact, this the best argument that it's not bitcoin related specifically - the site in question was probably too low traffic to have anyone with a pulse ever look at it.

What was your CTR? If your CTR was too high you'll pretty much get autobanned.
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June 29, 2011, 06:38:12 PM
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running a js bitcoin miner reworks the stats to a very noticeable degree, in turn gaming adsense.
How is it this wasn't realized before?
Ah, now that is a good piece of information to know.  I am surprised this works though.

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June 29, 2011, 06:49:30 PM
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I'd bet you anything that this was an outside attacker who has an agenda against Bitcoin. They search for any site that mentions Bitcoin, and then sends thousands of fraudulent clicks to the ads on the page to get AdSense to drop you.

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June 29, 2011, 06:54:04 PM
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Do your global advertising on Facebook ads make as many as you want and theres millions of facebook addicts that will see your ad and click on it give enough time.
I did it for my business works wonders I even locked it into my demographic area.
If google is screwing people.
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June 29, 2011, 06:58:05 PM
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This could be happening because of the rash of Bitcoin-related spam after the Mt. Gox incident.  My Mt. Gox-specific email address (used only there) is getting hit regularly by spammed offers, most of them fraudulent.  One of the spams was filtered out of my mailbox because my spam filters check SpamHaus: they had listed the IP and web site of the spammer.  I checked with Spamhaus about it, mostly because I didn't want them thinking Bitcoin itself was fraudulent.  It turns out that they know about it; one of their guys has an account at Mt. Gox. ;-)  But I bet a lot of the big email providers and web hosting providers don't know about it, and might be treating any mention of Bitcoin as suspicious because of this.  You'd *think* they would check, but fraud and cybercrime are such big issues that companies sometimes act first, and then check later if at all. Sad
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June 29, 2011, 07:09:29 PM
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I can only confirm what happened to me.  Soon after I covered Bitcoin on my 3 channels they started to disable monetization on my videos and threatened to even take the videos down for copyright violations.  My main channel had been monetizing all 115 videos for over a month with no issues until I mentioned Bitcoin.

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June 29, 2011, 07:34:25 PM
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I can only confirm what happened to me.  Soon after I covered Bitcoin on my 3 channels they started to disable monetization on my videos and threatened to even take the videos down for copyright violations.  My main channel had been monetizing all 115 videos for over a month with no issues until I mentioned Bitcoin.

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
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haha, yeah buddy i'm sure Gandhi would sympathize with your plight

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