Today my girlfriend checked her mail at the office and had an official notice / final notice piece of mail. She opened it up and inside it had a cheesy contest form. In the mailbox it is hard to tell the difference between information and spam. As the rules of the web change I think it will be even harder to know the difference between real websites and fake ones. AdSense Advisor said in a WebmasterWorld thread that
This decision was a long time in the making, and your thoughts and feedback are quite valuable to us.
Yet the policy change came without warning, and Google gave out no information as to what specifically changed. The one thing they did is cause many spammers to make their spam look more legitimate:
MFA2.0 is already underway. What seemed odd to me when I got banned was why they gave me until the end of the month - and not just cut me off in 48 hours. I could have stopped my Adwords campaign in under a few hours. Two weeks give you enough time to test out your new model get your ducks in a row and begin MFA2.0. The thing about lazy arbitragers is that they made money - enough money to hire people to do the hard work and still make dough. You can hire a freelance editor a good freelance content writer and a part time project manager for under 50K a year. If you can get back to making 50K a month clear it is worth while doing as you diversify your portfolio.
As the lines between real and spam blur it is going to be harder to have a stable income without adding extras to your website. So now I am going to start making my spam look more legitimate as well too, perhaps by doing the some or all of the following:
- unique designs that look much more expensive than their price
- author profile pages
- better domain names
- stock photography on many articles, and perhaps a few videos too
- more socially oriented linkbait
- more ad buys for anchor content articles
- longer articles with more in content links
- blogs, software / tools, or other community aspects
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