And...Judy, I think you are right about my hummingbird. I looked up all the hummers that are in San Diego, and the only one that looks close is Anna's. Good for you! I wish I had a prize for you. : )
OKAY, WARNING, WARNING... RANT AHEAD!
Today I am going to write a post about AdSense, the Monetize tab on your Blogger Dashboard. I hesitated to write about this, but decided I would, because it's really bothering me and I think it's information bloggers should have.
When I first started this blog, it was suggested I use Google AdSense to make a little money from the blog. I had never heard of this, and did some research, and decided to try it.
For those of you (if there are any) who don't know what it is, this is what it says on the Monetize tab: "AdSense enables you to earn money by placing targeted text and image ads on your blog." That sounded like a good idea to me, and so I signed up and spent some time arranging where I wanted to ads to be, etc.
When readers click on the ads, somehow it's calculated and you earn money. If a reader makes a purchase, you earn more. I don't know how many clicks you need to make some money, or what percentage of the purchase you earn, but that's generally how I understand it to work. The Blogger is not allowed to click on his or her own ads, for obvious reasons. It think I mentioned this in one of my previous posts.
I'd check from time to time to see how much money I was making. It was very little, sometimes nothing, sometimes cents a day, two days I had five or six dollars (must have been purchases). You are paid once you have earned $100, after they verify it. I was FAR from $100, but I felt if I got a check in 6 months or even a year, it was still money that I'd put in my RV fund, and I didn't have to do anything to earn it except provide the space on my Blog.
Suddenly one day last week, my ads were gone, and I received an e-mail that my account was suspended due to "invalid activity." I had the option to appeal it, and I did, answering all their questions about my blog, it's activity, individual and page hits, my audience status, if I knew of anyone would use multiple clicks to enable me to earn money, etc. I answered their questions honestly and waited for their reply.
I have no idea why my account was closed, the answer to my appeal was that "we're unable to reinstate your AdSense account." No explanation except that if I had questions I should go to http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.
The information provided by following that link says,"Google treats invalid click activity very seriously, analyzing all clicks and impressions to determine whether they fit a pattern of use that may artificially drive up an advertiser's costs or a publisher's earnings. If we determine that an AdSense account may pose a risk to our AdWords advertisers, we may disable that account to protect our advertisers' interests." So apparently someone was clicking a lot on my ads, and that caused me to be disqualified from the program.
Now, honestly, any of you using AdSense have to know it's not a big deal as far as the money goes. But, my gosh! I felt awful after receiving their e-mail, especially since they won't give me any information. And I certainly didn't click even once on any of my ads!
After receiving the denial to my appeal, I sent AdSense an e-mail asking what happened. Did I do something, did a reader of my blog do something? I've not received an answer and I guess the link provided was all they will say.
So, be warned: it happened to me, it could happen to you. In fact, has this happened to anyone else?
Usually ranting makes me feel better. This time it didn't. I guess because I understand their position, but I'm the one penalized when I did nothing. Kind of a lose-lose.
Oh, well... It's the weekend, and I'm gonna have some fun! From me and Katie, have a great Saturday, everyone! : )