AdSense is important to most bloggers and here’s where I’m going to save you some heartache in your blogging career!
You know how when you do something stupid — and you really didn’t even know it was a stupid thing to do — but it hurt someone you love and they went away — hopefully for just a little while to cool off? Yeah … that’s what I did.
The stupid part — not the cooling off part.
And I’m sorry. And I hope you’ll come back soon, AdSense.
All these big old blank spaces on my blog are where you’re supposed to be. It’s where you live and I’m missing you.
Every Game Has It’s Rules
If you’ve been around A Healthy Kitchen for very long, you know I’m in the midst of a major
redesigning overhaul and taking on a fresh new look. One of the things I decided to do is start a Blogging 101 category for all you newbie bloggers — a place where I can hopefully help you step out into the blogging world as a publisher.
I never in a million years thought my first Blogging 101 post would be about how to get your AdSense privileges shut down — but it is!
Every game has it’s rules and I broke ’em. Apparently I had pornography/gore on A Healthy Kitchen.
Say What? Not You! Not Pornography or Gore!
Yeah! That’s what I thought when I first got the notice and my Google AdSense ads were missing. Turns out I broke the Google AdSense Program Policies.
So here’s what happened…
AdSense, I’m Innocent I Tell Ya — And Yet Not!
I was innocent in my heart — but not technically speaking. I have a little old blog post called Boobies, Bleach and Breast Cancer. As of the time I posted it three years ago, it was about the fairly recent studies that showed a significant correlation between breast cancer and cleaning products, particularly bleach.
My friends, we all got ’em — and we all want to keep ’em right? So I showed you two images — of breast cancer — on the breast. It certainly wasn’t pornographic — at least I hope no one would view it that way — but it was gory — because cancer is gory. And I wanted you to take it seriously so you’ll never have to go through it.
And I crossed the line — without even realizing it. My bad, to be sure!!!
Obviously, as soon as I realized it was offensive to AdSense and that I’d broken the rules of the game, I did a quick ctrl + z and removed the images immediately!
And I’m sorry. And I hope AdSense will forgive me — and know how much I love them. And I hope they’ll quickly come back to A Healthy Kitchen.
I’ll never let it happen again because any time an organization trusts you enough to want to work with you, it’s a privilege and it should be treated as such.
Blogging 101 … Lesson #1
Though I thought I read every single word of the Program Policy, it’s possible I skimmed over the Pornography/Gore section because if you know me at all, that’s just not something I’m into — and I certainly didn’t think it would ever apply to me or A Healthy Kitchen.
Blogging 101 Take-Away
When you’re playing someone else’s game — and you are — follow the rules. ALL the rules!
They’re there for a reason. They like them. They make them feel comfortable — and in this case — they keep us all safe from having unexpected pornography/gore on a blog post near you. And if I offended any of you, my friends, I’m equally sorry!
Lesson learned — the hard way.
What about you, my newbie blogging buddies? Do you have any TOU’s or Program Policies you need to go back and read with a fine tooth comb? Remember, every game has it’s rules! Leave a comment and let’s get the conversation started!
Here’s to Peace, Love, and Forgiveness!