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18 Common Mistakes that Violate Google Adsense

Google Adsense publishers often commit common mistakes that could ban their Adsense account. Google Adsense is a popular web advertising program which provides a good income source for many websites. There are well defined terms of service to strictly adhere to when participating in the program.

On my visit through sites and forums, I daily notice several instances of misuse of Adsense ads. So here a few helpful Google Adsense tips, probably many you already know, and few you might gain by knowing now. These adsense faq are all picked from the Program PoliciesTerms and Conditions and FAQ itself and presented in a simplified manner.

1. Never click your own adsense ads or get them clicked for whatever reason. You know this one very well. This is a surefire way to close you Adsense account. Never tell your office associates or friends to click on them. Keep a check if your family or children are busy increasing your income by clicking your ads and indirectly trying to stop your income. Dont even think of offering incentives for clicks, using automated clicking tools, or other deceptive software. Adsense is very smart to detect fraudulent clicks. Check the ads which appear on your pages by the Google Preview tool if required.

2. Never change the Adsense code. There are enough means of adsense optimization & customizations available to change the colour, background or border to suit your needs. Do whatever you want to do outside the code, never fiddle within the ad or the search code. They know it when you do. The search code has more limitations to colour and placement, but you should adhere to the rules. The code may stop working and violates the TOS.

3. Do not place more than 3 ad units and 3 ad links or 2 adsense search boxes on any web page. Anyway, ads will not appear in those units even if you place more ad units. But this is the limit they set, so it is better to stick to it.

4. Do not run competitive contextual text ad or search services on the same site which offer Google Adsense competition in their field. Never try to create link structures resembling the adsense ads. Never use other competitive search tools on the same pages which have Adsense powered Google search. They do allow affiliate or limited-text links. Update: Google has allowed you to run contextual advertising like Yahoo ads, Chitika etc provided the ads do not resemble Adsense ads.

5. Do not disclose confidential information about your account like the CTR, CPM and income derived via individual ad units or any other confidential information they may reveal to you. However, you may reveal the total money you make as per recent updates to the TOS.

6. Label headings as “sponsored links” or “advertisements” only. Other labels are not allowed. I have seen many sites label ads with other titles. Dont make your site a target in a few seconds gaze.

7. Never launch a New Page for clicked ads by default. Adsense ads should open on the same page. You may be using a base target tag to open all links in a new window or frame by default. Correct it now as they do not want new pages opening from clicked ads.

8. One Account suffices for Multiple websites. You do not need to create 5 accounts for 5 different websites. One account will do. If you live in the fear that if one account is closed down for violation of TOS, believe me they will close all accounts when they find out. You can keep track of clicks by using channels with real time statistics. They will automatically detect the new site and display relevant ads.

9. Place ads only on Content Pages. Advertisers pay only for content based ads. Content drives relevant ads. Although you might manage some clicks from error, login, registration, “thank you” or welcome pages, parking pages or pop ups, it will get you out of the program.

10. Do not mask ad elements. Alteration of colours and border is a facility to blend or contrast ads as per your site requirements. I have seen many sites where the url part is of the same colour as the background. While blending the ad with your site is a good idea, hiding relevant components of the ads is not allowed. Also do not block the visibility of ads by overlapping images, pop ups, tables etc.

11. Do not send your ads by email. Html formatted emails look good and allow placement of these javascript ads. But it is not allowed as per TOS. You do not want impressions registering on their logs from any email even once. They are watching!

12. Keep track of your content. So Adsense is not allowed on several non content pages. But it is also not allowed on several content pages too. Do not add it on web pages with MP3, Video, News Groups, and Image Results. Also exclude any pornographic, hate-related, violent, or illegal content.

13. Do not alter the results after ad clicks or searches
 – Ensure you are not in any way altering the site which the user reaches to after clicking the ads. Do not frame, minimize, remove, redirect or otherwise inhibit the full and complete display of any Advertiser Page or Search Results Page after the user clicks on any Ad or Search results.

14. Avoid excessive advertising and keyword stuffing – Although the definition of ‘excessive’ is a gray area and is subject to discretion, yet Google adsense with correct placement, focused content and high traffic will get you much more income than other programs, so excessive advertising is not required. Keyword stuffing does target better focused ads, but overdoing it is not required.

15. Ensure you Language is Supported – Adsense supports “Chinese (simplified), Japanese, Danish, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, English, Polish, Finnish, Portuguese, French, Russian, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Swedish, Italian and Turkish”. In addition, AdSense for search is available in Czech, Slovak, and Traditional Chinese. If your web pages language is not supported, do not use the code on such pages.

Update:
16. Maximum 2 referral button per product per page – With the launch of the google adsense referral program, you are allowed to put only 2 referral buttons for adsense referral, adwords referral, Google pack and Firefox with google toolbar referral. Update: This feature is closing Aug 2008.

17. Do not specify Google ads as your alternate ads. – Several services like Chitika eminimalls allow you to place alternate urls, when a targeted paying ad cannot be displayed. This involved creating an simple html page and putting the ad to be displayed instead. Even Adsense allows an alternate url feature instead of displaying public service ads. But never use Adsense ads as alternate urls.

18. Do not confuse with adjacent images – It was a common policy to increase CTR by placing same number of images as the number of text ads, which falsely gave the impression that the text ads represented an explanation to these images. Inserting a small space or a line between the images and ads is not allowed. Make sure that the ads and images are not arranged in a way that could easily mislead or confuse your visitors.

Download Official Google SEO Starter Guide PDF

Now download SEO guide by Google. All webmasters want high search engine rankings to list their site on top of search engines search result pages. There are hundreds of sources providing information about search engine optimization to drive more site traffic. Google just made it simpler to master these SEO techniques.

Google webmaster tools has released an official Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide that covers many areas that webmasters might consider optimizing to get better Google ranking and indexing. Here is the index of contents that should interest you.

  • Create unique and accurate page titles
  • Make use of the description meta tag
  • Improve the structure of your URLs
  • Make your site easier to navigate
  • Offer quality content and services
  • Write better anchor texts
  • Use heading tags appropriately
  • Optimize your use of images
  • Making effective use of Robots.txt
  • Be aware of nofollow tags for links
  • Promoting your website in the right ways
  • Make use of free webmaster tools
  • Take advantage of web analytics services

Download the Official Google SEO Started guide (.pdf) today and see what Google expects from your site structure and functionality.

Authentication Errors at Microsoft Live Search Webmaster Tools

Live Search Webmaster Center is open to webmasters to optimize their site for SEO. Now website owners can take advantage of everything Live Search has to offer and get the better search engine results for their website. However, I am getting Authentication Errors when I registered my site…

Microsoft Live Search Webmaster Tools

Webmasters can use the Webmaster Tools to troubleshoot the crawling and indexing of their websites, submit sitemaps and view statistics about websites. You can also add your website and get some revealing statistics.

Remember you need a Windows Live ID to get started. If you do not have a MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, or Microsoft Passport account like me, you can use any email ID (I used gmail) to create a Windows Live ID.

Authentication Errors at Live Search Webmaster Tools

I tried to add my site several times, but keep getting these authentication errors for the last 2 days. I believe the issue has something to do with site validation and I hope they will fix the bug. Is anyone else getting the same authentication errors?

Now you can SEO optimize your site for the top 3 search engines easily.Google, bing Webmaster Central and Yahoo! Site Explorer already offer similar services to webmasters.

Google Adsense Payments by Western Union Quick Cash

A  payment option is appearing on dashboards of Google Adsense publishers that will make transfer of money across the world even faster. Normally you get a mailed cheque or can opt for the faster Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), but the  Western Union Quick Cash lets you receive your AdSense payments in cash using the worldwide Western Union money transfer service.

Payment by Western Union Quick Cash is currently available in the following countries



Payment by Western Union Quick Cash is currently available in the following countries and areas:

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Chile
  • China (Mainland)
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (British)
  • Yemen

Though google may offer Western Union to a wider set of publishers in the future, It do not have a date for when this may become available. As Indian adsense publishers are waiting anxiously.

This new Western Union money transfer service option will cut down on the bank fees and long clearing times associated with depositing checks. Remember your Western Union Quick Cash payment will be made in US dollars, though you may have the option to receive your payment in your local currency. Note that they can only send Western Union Quick Cash transactions to individual payee names, not business accounts.

Find your Western Union Payment Services agent. Read how to pick up the Western Union Quick Cash payment requirements like need for a valid government-issued photo ID, your unique MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) etc.

Currency and exchange rate

Your Western Union Quick Cash payment will be made in US dollars. However, at most Western Union agents, you may be able to pick up your payment in your local currency. We recommend that you call your local Western Union Agent to confirm which currencies are available. The exchange rate will vary based on the rate used by the Western Union agent on the day you pick up your payment.

Deadline for WU payment

You’ll need to pick up your payment within 60 days after it’s issued. If you do not pick it up within 60 days, your earnings will be credited back to your account and your payments will be put on hold.

If your Quick Cash payment is held, you’ll need to visit your Payments page, click the ‘Please contact AdSense Support’ link, and let us know why you weren’t able to receive the payment. We’ll then release the hold, allowing you to receive the next payment.

15 Benefits and Limitations of WordPress.com Blogs

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Everyone wants to blog and with a host of popular free blog hosting solutions available, WordPress.com is a popular choice. However, everything that comes free has its limitations, and it is better to know the benefits and limitations before starting a WordPress.com blog.

Limitations of WordPress.com Blogs

First I will highlight the major limitations of the WordPress.com Blogs which might make you decide to install the downloadable version (wordpress.org) with your own paid domain name and own webhosting.

1. No Advertising – This means if you wish to make money online from your blog using advertising programs like Google Adsense, Kontera, Chitika or Text link ads, it is not allowed. One discreet link to Amazon per blog is okay. Read more about their advertising policy and how they may occassionally show ads. To earn money by displaying advertising, you need to buy VIP hosting.

2. No Sponsored / paid posts – Another popular option for bloggers is to earn money via paid reviews using services like ReviewMe and PayPerPost. WordPress.com does not allow you to blog paid articles.

3. Limited Theme Customization – You need to select your themes from a preselected number of themes. You cannot hack and edit these themes as per your liking. You can edit and save the CSS as a paid upgrade. Currently you can select from a large number of beautiful themes, but if you want your own unique design, you need to pay.

4. No Plugin Uploads – A major limitation is the inability to upload plugins.WordPress plugins are amazing tweaks developed by the vibrant WordPress community that adds improved functionality to WordPress for free. Plugins can automate lots of stuff and take your blog to a new level.

5. No WP Code hacking – If you like editing PHP files in your wordpress installation to create new functionality for your blog or showcase your PHP skills, then it is not possible at WordPress.com. You cannot edit the core wordpress files to suit your needs.

6. Paid Upgrades – If your popular blog grows in site traffic and branding beyond the imposed limitations, you need to buy paid upgrades

# Custom CSS – lets you style the blog or use an existing stylesheet, but does not allow direct theme editing.
# Domain Mapping and Domain Registration to get the �wordpress� out of your url.
# Space upgrades – to get more space for all your uploads
# Unlimited Private Users who can see your private blog.

You can also get VIP hosting which will let you use your own domain name, host ads and help survive lots of traffic. Check out some notable WordPress bloggers hosted on WordPress.com

7. Violate TOS and Get Deleted – It is essential you read up the terms of service carefully. They will not tolerate copyright infingement, spamming, commercial use, machine generated blog etc. and people can easily report spam blogs and you might wake up to find your blog deleted one fine day!

# the Content is not spam, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
# the Content is not obscene, libelous or defamatory (
more info on what that means), hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;

Benefits of WordPress.com Blogs

It not all so gloomy… Now for the great part about WordPress.com blogs, which makes it a good option to start your first blog.

8. Its Free – You like blogging. You like to share your thoughts with your readers, so why pay for it. WordPress.com is free, unless you want to implement some more features to meet the growing needs of a popular blog, or better blog branding. You can always pay and buy a domain name and webhostin in case you decide to switch.

9. Survive Traffic Spikes – Get Slashdotted or Dugg with confidence as they balance your server load and keep your site working inspite of the huge increase in site traffic, whereas a shared hosting site should otherwise crash a server.

10. Spam is No Problem – Fighting comment spam is not an issue as preinstalled Akismet is blocking spam in the background. No need to pile on multiple Antispam plugins.

11. Freedom from WordPress Upgrades – An advantage of hosting here is that they take care of all back end upgrades, bug fixes and security issues. So when a new WordPress version is released, you need not go throught the WordPress upgrade routine everytime, it is done automatically without any FTP skills required.

12. Automatic Backups – They keep backing up your blog automatically and you need perform daily backups of your blog, just in case your server had a hardware failure.

13. Free Support – Need help to fix an issue or require to take blogging to the next level, the WordPress forums have lot of active members to guide and provide support.

14. Preview New WordPress Features – WordPress.com is the testing ground for features to be made available in the downloadable version. So before a lot of wordpress bloggers even get a hint of a new feature, you are probably testing it already.

15. Blogging Simplified – Even a kid can get started blogging on WordPress.com, its that easy. If blogging is your only passion, and you have no idea about what HTML, CSS, PHP, FTP, MySQL is, and you do not want to waste your time backing up, upgrading and worrying about blog security –

How to Search Faces with Google Images

I came across a wonderful tip which allows you to search for faces and portrait images using Google Image Search. Try searching for Katrina Kaif !, which shows multiple images related to Paris, the city, as well as Katrina Kaif intermixed. Now try this face search, which shows you only images with Katrina Kaif face photos. How to do this?

Google Blogoscoped got tipped from a Google engineer that

“And now, Google Images allows you to restrict your search to a specific category  albeit in an unofficial mode only  and one of these categories may well be powered by actual image recognition (as opposed to textual keyword analysis).”

How does this face recognition search work?

If the normal search url looks like this
http://images.google.com/images?q=katrina

Simply add &imgtype=face to the URL, and enter. Your new face search results will be displayed.
http://images.google.com/images?q=katrina&imgtype=face

If you append &imgtype=news to the URL, the new results features images related to the news event.
http://images.google.com/images?q=katrina&imgtype=news

META Description WordPress Plugins for SEO

WordPress by default has no META description tags for individual posts. I tried the Head Meta Description wordpress plugin that provides an automatic meta description tag for your blog, inserting a dynamic description depending on the query-type. I easily configured it to display the first 20 words excerpt of the article as the description. It worked effectively and is very useful to automatically add a dynamic description to each page.

Usually bloggers have problem that the META Description tag should be representative of the page it describes, after all that is the whole idea. But when you decide to extract the excerpt of the first 20 words, the resulting description may be nothing related to the page concerned. A mismatch of the post content and the META tag may actually reduce the sense it make to search engines and reduce the search rankings.

So if you decide to use these plugins, it is a good idea to change your writing style such that the target keywords are at the start of the article. Include the main content in those 20 words so that the description makes sense.

You can edit the number of words to show in the description from 20 to any number you like via the plugin editor. I tried 40 words too, but many of my older posts did not have the targeted content in the first few words and made no sense (and I did not have the courage to edit thousands of posts to fix this). Now I am consciously trying to get the content synopsis in the post excerpt.

Here is a large collection of wordpress plugins for META tags that you can use to automatically generate SEO targeted Meta tags.