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Published: January 4, 2012 by Aaron Wall in


January 4, 2012 - 5:29pm

I find it ironic that Google has this love/hate thing going on for affiliate and yet Google has their own affiliate network.

Does this essentially mean that they only like affiliate who run campaigns via their own affiliate network?

January 5, 2012 - 1:05am

...which do not use Google's network (at least not that I am aware of), and they do just fine.

A lot of affiliates succeed in organic search still (maybe not so much in the hotel space) but it can be hard to operate as an affiliate in AdWords in some of the more competitive markets (based on the combination of click prices & editorial policies).

January 5, 2012 - 3:15am

Two years ago and two days before Christmas, I logged into Adwords to see a HUGE red banner saying I was banned for life due to repeated violations. Long story (really long) short, I had an inactive ad in my account, not being used for a site they once approved and helped me with ads and now somehow violated their terms. It wasn't even my site. I am in year 2 of trying to get that account restored. Every year I start up the discussion, every year it's the same thing.

Please get THAT site owner to change their website to comply so it's not misleading.

For which they don't care that I am not the owner and for which I asked if anybody had tried the product and it was disregarded.

So I'm one of the 30,000 who one day logged in to find my Adwords account banned. And that's pretty much the end of the story. Google is NOT interested.

The ad WAS in your account, inactive or not, notification or not, don't care how long you were a paying customer, don't care we once approved it.. you violated it, you are gone.

I know the website owner personally. He said he's tried many times to contact Google. They won't open a dialog.

And there you go.

Small Business owners for Google and head on over to Bing, Yahoo or the DMOZ.

January 5, 2012 - 5:28am if you listen to Google's Frederick Valleys "just direct link" best practice advice today, then you are being set up for a fall when x years down the road Google once again changes their guidelines & applies another round of ex post facto affiliate account bans.

You would think that what they would suggest as "best practices" advice for affiliates wouldn't be career ending, but in many cases that presumption would be incorrect.

Sorry to hear they screwed you. :(

Lalit Burma
January 5, 2012 - 6:31am

They are fully enjoying monopoly stage at the moment ... and it seems to me that they are not answerable to any one.

Now voices are rising against the google ... their products are failing terribly ... so soon we will be able to see the soft form of Google.

January 5, 2012 - 9:45am

When I read this several expletives come to mind regarding Google's massive deceit and fraud.

January 5, 2012 - 12:50pm

Apparently Google does not seem eat it's own dog food ... this is weird. I believe that aff market is not going to be slowed by this :)

January 6, 2012 - 9:43am

nice infographic. Just wanted to point out a small typo in the 'beatthatquote' section (beathatqote)

January 6, 2012 - 9:44am

see how easy it is to make a typo?! *(beatthatqote)

January 6, 2012 - 9:31pm

It's brilliant on Google's part. Keep giving out services and trying new concepts, all the while increasing brand awareness. They know that the more stuff they make available for free, the more anonymous data they can collect, and further pinpoint their ads, which means they can charge more for those keywords, and generate higher profits from the new service people use. All the while, keeping people dependent on Google.

January 6, 2012 - 9:52pm was so easy for Google to torch so many decent to good niche AdSense sites in their Panda update was that owning YouTube + allowing ad retargeting gave them bulk inventory and allowed them to prop up CPMs on broader general sites with ad retargeting.

January 8, 2012 - 5:47am

People here commonly say"go to Bing or Yahoo" . Do you really think these companies are not subsidized by each other to maintain a monopoly? Google's search engine is antiquated and filled with rewritten garbage. It's time for affiliates to ban together and create a search co op or file anti trust complaint against google!

January 13, 2012 - 12:24am

Well I am new to affiliate marketing. I recently bought a site that is already set up with all the products and merchents etc. so my main job is to add written content and promote this site... now their training is very good but seem to be contridicting at times with what google is advising... not sure what to do....

January 13, 2012 - 2:17am

...tends to do that, with varying levels of risk of course.

It is hard comment on whether variances are good or bad without know what type of variances they are. Generally the "buy a pre-built site & just add marketing" variety is usually a bad signal though, due to duplicate content filters at search engines & how frequently the "just add marketing" type of sites are associated with MLM styled stuff.

January 13, 2012 - 5:42pm

still trying to figure out all the terms you have been using... my site is I bought it from a company that provide very good training, but after watching a few youtube videos I am not sure about using article demon and just writing positive comments on blogs and also, I was advised to write good quality content on each page but in this video Google I/O 2010 - SEO site advice from the experts Vanessa Fox was saying this is completely wrong.... so yes... a bit lost at the moment..

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