Google AdSense II

You may recall that a few days ago I was denied acceptance by Google AdSense. After reading some of the comments to that entry, I emailed Google AdSense yesterday afternoon.

I ask you to reconsider your decision not to allow my site ( to use Google AdSense. Your program policies list “excessive profanity” as a reason to deny use of Google AdSense. Yet a search of other sites that use Google AdSense reveals that exceptions are being made to this policy: see, for instance. Do a Google search on “ f**k” or “ f**k” and you will find profanity on such sites.

My blog was named last week by The Advocate magazine, the nation’s foremost gay and lesbian magazine, as one of ten “must-read blogs” – see this list:

I write about personal issues, political issues, social issues, theater, and more. And my use of profanity is sparing.

Therefore, I ask that you please reconsider the decision not to allow my site to make use of Google AdSense.

Thank you,

I received the following response this afternoon:

Hello Jeff,

Thank you for your continued interest in Adsense. Our AdSense representatives review all AdSense applications according to our Terms and Conditions ( and our program policies ( I apologize if the prior disapproval of your application was made in error.

I have now reviewed and confirmed that meets all of our policies. Your application has been approved. Please check for a separate application approval email for your records. The approval email also includes detailed instructions on how to access your new account and get started.

And the official approval email is in my inbox as well.

I’m pretty impressed that they took my appeal seriously. It’s nice that organizations have a mechanism to re-examine such things. Thanks, Google AdSense!

6 thoughts on “Google AdSense II

  1. You assume they really did review it in the first place. Odds are some computer scanning thingy knocked you out the first time. My guess is the “appeal” was the first time a human being ever looked at it.

    Fuck those machines ;-)

  2. Good for you!

    Having said that, may I be just a little selfish and request that you please reconsider their lovely offer? Ads change the character of a blog. Somehow, instead of being a friendly conversation, ads seem to turn a blog into just another voice screaming at me to think one way or another.

    Take this with a grain of salt. I may be the only person to think think this. Maybe I’ve been in Europe too long…

  3. I was just about to write that I “second” Scott’s plea…. But then I saw the ad for the Cocaine Tretment Center, and I’m already getting the help I so desperately needed….