- registered with NetFirms ( http://www.netfirms.com ),
- masquerading as the Hostgator start-up guide ( the URL minus page extensions presents this page which when you click 'contact us' reverted to http://www.hostgator.com ) and
- which continues to include Google Ad-Sense adverts on all its pages.
If you have reported a possible AdSense policy violation, our specialists will evaluate your report as soon as possible. However, due to the volume of reports we receive, we are not able to respond to reports individually.I'm not surprised they get a huge volume of reports - because it appears to me that they do absolutely nothing - so we have to go on reporting it. The offending website still exists and it still has Google Ad-Sense adverts on it. Yesterday it included an advert relating to the work of Andrew Wyeth and has "Wyeth" targeted as one of the categories that it scrapes content for! Isn't that sad?
I'm annoyed by what is happening to my blog particularly as a I plan to produce a book using the blog posts as the base material. Which means I'm also mad enough to be filing away all the records of notifications to Google for reference later. Isn't there something about the 'safe harbor' provisions not applying if material is not taken down straight away?
If you've got Google Ad-Sense on your blog just bear in mind that you are subscribing to an organisation which, based on my experience of the way it works, appears to me to stimulate and foster spam blogs which steal material from other people's blogs. To add insult to injury, it now appears that they also find it by using Google Alerts!
And don't forget that there are lots of other better advertising set-ups out there. Check out what other people do - people like Charlie over on Lines and Colours for example - see the link in the right hand column. (I'm not including his URL in this post as it will get picked up by the spam blogs which are scraping for all references to Google!!!). He uses www.blogads.com which look a much better set-up to me. I do know I actually enjoy looking at the ads on Charlie's blog and it's also the only ads set-up which has ever got near to tempting me to take the plunge!
Anybody with experience of serving a DMCA notice out there?
- Google Ad-Sense - don't sign up before you have checked out the search engines for reviews of abuses of Ad-Sense - and check out options for advertising which don't generate theft
- Google Ad-Sense Abuse - write to firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the adverts and then follow the prompts to comment and then identify the website as committing a violation