Splogging with Google Ads is a bad idea

One of the things which can annoy me is see­ing some­thing I’ve writ­ten here ripped, mangled and re-posted with adverts plastered around it. It hap­pens quite a bit. Unfortunately, if you plan to do this, using Google Ads is a very bad idea.

Beneath your adverts there’s a link ‘Ads by Google’. Click on this link and you go to a page for sign­ing up to Google Ads. If you scroll to the bot­tom of the page you’ll also see a link: ‘Send Google your thoughts on the site or the ads you just saw’. Click on that link and vari­ous options come up, include the option to report a ‘report a viol­a­tion’. This gives a little form and the menu options to say what was wrong with the site. I tend to click ‘other’ and paste in ‘This site viol­ates the Landing Page and Site Quality Guidelines’.

I think it’s work­ing because I’m tend­ing to find that the splogs I com­plain about dis­ap­pear after a while.


When he's not tired, fixing his car or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.

2 Responses

  1. AJ Cann says:

    I find the splog­gers tend to come and go in phases — part of the ongo­ing spam wars. Since I sus­pect it takes us longer to shut them down than it takes them to start up, I/ve stopped report­ing them — life is too short.

  2. esvl says:

    You should really use those plu­gins that inserts your copy­right in your posts. But I guess some splog­gers still have a way around this. But it’s worth giv­ing a go still.