So you may have noticed there’s a void at top right, where once there were glorious, vaguely contextual, banner ads. (If you use adblock, and there’s really no reason you shouldn’t, it may come as a surprise that there are ads on here at all.) Last week google adsense notified me they were shutting down my account for running their ads in conjunction with lewd/provocative images.
I’d been with adsense for years, and i was under the impression that they do multiple reviews of publisher sites before the first payment is issued. So either they overlooked the fact that those lewd/provocative images have been a key component of the site for some time now, or somebody ratted me out.
Which is fine. It’s their network, they need to protect their advertisers, and they’re free to dictate the terms of access for publisher sites. It just blows that that was the only thing generating any kind of revenue here, and would cover the ongoing costs of a dedicated server. And, of course, traffic spiked dramatically right after google pulled its ads, with two of the biggest days in the history of the site. God is a funny bastard.
If someone did actually report me to the google morality police, i can probably get you direct email contacts if you’d care to do likewise with Adbrite, the network running the other ads here. Can’t tell you how i’d mourn the loss of those $0.07 CPMs.
What does that mean for the future of this site? I don’t know, yet. Open to suggestions. But for now, i’m just focused on turning out the best possible photo book i can.