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Google’s crazy “advertisement policy” has shut down advertising on this blog and all subdomains

Addendum: see my discussion here.


I was able to scrape a small amount each year from google ads, which helped promote liberty in India. But in October Google suddenly shut down ads on my website + subdomains without any notice. I later found that one page had been flagged:


I raised a request for a review and informed google that this page is an extract from a 1876 book + an academic discussion. They responded:


Thank you for submitting an appeal. However, after thoroughly reviewing and taking your feedback into consideration, we are unable to enable ad serving to your site again at this time, as your site appears to still be in violation.

Certain sources of advertising are restricted from appearing on content that:

  • contains gruesome, graphic, or disgusting accounts or imagery.
  • depicts acts of violence.
Review the full restriction (including examples) in the Help Center.
Please take some time to review your site again for compliance. When making changes, please note that the URL mentioned in your policy notification may be just one example and that similar violations may exist on other pages of your website. Appropriate changes must be made across your entire website before ad serving can be enabled on your site again.
If you’d like to have your site reconsidered for participation in the AdSense programme, please review our programme policies and make any necessary changes to your webpages.
Once you’ve fully resolved any issues with your site, please review this Help Centre article to learn more about how to create a successful appeal.
We appreciate your cooperation.


Clearly they have not bothered to read that page. Further, there is absolutely no other violation and I can’t go on a witch hunt within my pages to second-guess what google considers “shocking”.

This is pure bad manners. Academic discussion is called “shocking”. What kind of uneducated people has Google hired?

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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