Monday, September 25, 2023

Google Adsense Sucks

After my Sandboarding blogging days, I have earned only about £1 per year from displaying ads on my website. Today, I received an email from Google Adsense, informing me that there are some issues I need to address before my website can be launched. Curious, I opened the email. It said I had a violation of the Adsense Program Policies. This is what Google said:

We do not allow Google-served ads on screens:
  • without content or with low-value content,
  • that are under construction.
  • that are used for alerts, navigation or other behavioural purposes.

My website is no longer under construction and its functionality is not limited to alerts, navigation, or behavioural purposes. This suggests to me that Google perceives my website as having low-value content.

Hearing this news from a company I've worked with and used their software for the past 9 years is soul-destroying. I feel like Google Adsense is undervaluing all the effort I've put into my work. I want to make the most of my earnings from my investments in domain names, hosting, email addresses, and more.

If you feel this is an open complaint letter to Google Adsense, you're right. You cannot possibly fathom the extent of feeling invalidated and how deeply it hurts to attempt to express your creativity and establish a website to exhibit your endeavours in books, art, music, and more; all for a company to say you're not our time to have our advertising.

That's why, starting now, I have decided to stop displaying advertisements on this website. Despite the ongoing costs and expenses, which seem impossible to recover, my blogging adventures have always been driven by passion rather than profit. So, from this moment on, this website will remain free of any Google-based advertising.

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