So - just a quick thought or two on Google's AdSense.
Seems (seemed?) like a great idea ... make a little $ while enjoying the joys of blogging. However, it would appear that I have violated the Terms of Service in some fashion. The email informing me of this did not indicate which portion of the ToS I violated, nor was it a warning. My account was suspended.
If I knew what the problem was, I would certainly take effort to not repeat it - the $1-2/day average (I don't get that many page hits, and even fewer clicks on the ads) is not quite worth "cheating" (not that I am saying any amount of $ would justify or encourage that!).
... So, I have removed the AdSense block from the right and my dreams of *finally* making millions off of the net (or, atleast of having Riley's college partially subsidized :) ) have apparently been cruelly dashed. Unless LOTS of people shop Amazon through me (5% commission! w00t!) or, even better, voluntarily donate ~$5 (or more) to Riley's College fund I guess I will be forced to keep working at my day job. Curses!
I am still looking forward to hearing back from the fine (and possibly rich, have you seen their stock price!?) folks @ Google. If/when I do (assuming we are able to come to terms) I will happily place the block back over on the right and resume rakin' it(again - $1-2/day) in!
Sorry ... I just wanted to vent for a moment, please stay tuned for your regularly scheduled Internet, already in progress.
I have corresponded with the overlords at Google; and there is apparently no appeal, no forgiveness and no 'second-chance'. Bah Humbug. A less honest person might simply go about opening another account with a different email address and different URL, however that person is not me ... nor do I have the time to dork around with this, even if I was so inclined. So I am now less enamored with a company I have always admired and thought well of - Forget Google. (And I guess I will need to just pay for Riley's college fund the old fashioned way ... send the wife to work in a few years :P.)