In 2019, I received notice that the adsense account for this "Divorce in Connecticut" blog was terminated. The reason they provided at the time was that there was insufficient original content. Now losing adsense isn't really that much of a big deal. I can't say I made that much money off of it. It really is the principle of the matter. The fact is that at least 90% of the material on this blog is original material which has been thoroughly and carefully researched. I think that you as my readers would vouch for me in this matter.
Where I have not had original material, I had links to newspaper articles relevant to the topic of divorce, or Youtube videos centrally relevant to current events. For instance, I might have videos of testimony before the Judiciary Committee of the CGA. Is Adsense telling me you simply can't have any content at all that isn't original on a blog? How can you conduct a social justice blog with that kind of restriction? To complicate matters, the notice Adsense provides is in a "no-reply" format, and they don't give you any information on how to appeal their decision! Recently, I sent a request to reinstate Adsense on my account, and I received the following reply:
Your application status
Thank you for your interest in AdSense. After reviewing your application, our specialists have found that it does not meet our program criteria. Therefore, we are unable to accept you into our program.
|Our AdSense program policies are designed to ensure the effectiveness of Google ads for our publishers as well as for our advertisers. We review all publishers and we reserve the right to decline any application. If you are able to make changes to meet our program criteria, you may reapply for AdSense in the future.|
|Please note that we may not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the specific reasons for our decision. Thank you for your understanding.|
The Google AdSense Team
Again, this is as puzzling as the previous notice I received cancelling adsense. What do they mean when they say, "Our specialists have found that it does not meet our program criteria?" To find out, I looked up the definition and found that again the issue of original content is at play:
"To be eligible for Google AdSense, a website must have a significant amount of original and high-quality content. Websites that lack content, have content copied from other sources, or contain poorly written content are likely to be rejected by Google AdSense."
As I've said, and as you know, the vast majority of material on my website is original material. If the folks who review my website are responsible and honest, they will acknowledge that. I spent some time trying to find a way to contact the people who make these decisions. I looked for an appeal form which I could use to appeal the decision, and it was nowhere to be found. It is all very puzzling and difficult to figure out. Talking about a nameless, faceless bureaucracy, Adsense has it.
I also wondered, and perhaps its paranoid, but could it be a disgruntled attorney wrote to complain about the content of this blog, and that's why it was cancelled? It does make me curious as to whether political content impacts the decision adsense makes to remove or retain a blog, or to determine what is "poorly written content."