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THEY ARE ABOUT TO FEEL MY THUNDER

I don't get mad often, but when I do, and I mean, mad, I am a terrifying and beautiful tsunami of righteousness and obliteration and will be the only one left standing on a pile of their dead bodies. Or, you know, I'll have a sternly worded email and hopefully get some results.

Maybe you've noticed that I own a website that's gaining in popularity, a little thing called Hey, Don't Judge Me? And as I've been hemorrhaging money into it for a year [happily, I'm very proud of it and my writers], I decided a few months ago to put Google Ads on the site, even though it's really a paltry amount of money (cents per click) but hey, any little bit helps, right? And I've never encouraged people to click on the ads, nor have I clicked on the ads myself, because that's against the TOS. By October, I think we'd earned a grand total of $12.34. So you know, rolling in it. (Web hosting alone is $25 a month.) Google pays out when you hit $100, I figure I was pretty close to that, given the increase in traffic at HDJM.



Yesterday I got an email from GoogleAds saying: "After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity."

POSES A RISK. I didn't actually generate invalid activity, they just think I MIGHT. So I've been disabled. And "Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers." WHO HAS BEEN AFFECTED, BECAUSE YOU SAID I POSE A RISK.

So I quickly filled out an appeal, which is a bunch of horse shit, questions like, "How do you generate your content?" And "How do you promote your site?" I thought you were "reviewing and tracking data" from my site, shouldn't you know this? Mm hmm. An automatically generated response was sent saying that "due to the high volume of emails we receive, it may take us up to a week or more to process it." Well that doesn't say much for your service if you get a LOT OF THESE ISSUES.

This morning I received confirmation that "after thoroughly re-reviewing your account data and taking your feedback into consideration, our specialists have confirmed that we're unable to reinstate your AdSense account" - thoroughly re-reviewing. Have you, now?

My email back to them:

Google has basically used me as an Advertisement Mule, then. There is no proof, no evidence, and it seems very suspicious that I was just about to reach the payout level of earnings and then I'm disabled with nothing more than your say so that something nefarious is going on behind the scenes.

I demand to see the data that was "thoroughly re-revisited" as proof of any salacious behavior on my part. I run a popular website, we have almost a half a million hits per month, and that is a lot of unpaid airtime for your advertisers to benefit from.

If I am not given any proof of my alleged behavior within 72 hours, I'll take this further with legal representation.

Laura Stone
EIC of HDJM




I AM ABOUT TO WALK SOME SHEEP THROUGH THE VALLEY OF DEATH. AND THEY WILL KNOW MY NAME IS THE LORD WHEN I LAY MY VENGEANCE UPON THEM. [ahaha, okay, I'm just needing to vent. BUT NO. I am not someone that can be tossed aside, Mama's got bills and writers to pay.]

Speaking of, Melody has been posting hilarious and awesome recaps of The X-Factor, and you should read the Top 7 Results Review. :)

And in other news, I have an amazing writing partner that keeps me sane when I'm slipping into Jules-mode, even though I will always dig on swine. flaming_muse is one of those writers that just continually churns out thoughtful and well-crafted stories, and hey, here's yet another one, Postmarks, where Blaine and Kurt turn in Kurt's NYADA application, with all the fears and worries of how to move to the next stage in life. That she lets me poke at her things as a part of her process is a joy and an honor.

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a_mistletoe
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
*vents spleen in support* I would have done so sooner but LJ is being a tosser. Power! (hope this posts by kicking LJ in advance and Google for good measure)
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
LJ IS BACK! (Stupid political DDoS attacks...)

I'm going to take the advice of a good friend who told me to call their support line and harrass them, I mean, stay on the line until someone can give me a satisfactory answer. I mean, it's only $100, but it's the PRINCIPLE OF THE THING.
mumsisdaughter
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, they have poked a hornets' nest and they don't even know it! More power to you and your writers, Stoney.
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I mean, they admitted that I haven't done anything YET. So. WTF?!
zyrya
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm also very suspicious that this is happening oh so coincidentally and covertly just as you qualify for some money.

I block ads because they're annoying, and I have nothing to advertise on HDJM, and I don't really want to buy Cafe Press merchandise, but I'd love to directly support HDJM and if you had a Paypal donation option I'd be onto that.
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, totally suspicious, right?!

Aww, you're so sweet. I had someone else tell me to put a PayPal button on the site, but it made me feel weird, like... Well, you know me, I'm not one for handouts. MAYBE I NEED TO RETHINK IT. Hmm.

(also, you're a love.)
totally butting in - - darkhawkhealer - Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: totally butting in - - stoney321 - Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
... - flaming_muse - Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
<3 <3 <3 - stoney321 - Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: <3 <3 <3 - mangofandango - Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: <3 <3 <3 - stoney321 - Dec. 3rd, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
janedavitt
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
That sucks. Giles wants to smite them ::points at icon::
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU, GILES.
ladycyndra
Dec. 2nd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh that is some BULLSHIT, Stoney! I'm sorry Goggle is treating you like that. Ugh.
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
It's just so..obvious. BLECH.
entrenous88
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Gah, did Google think you wouldn't notice? Buncha maroons.
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
I mean, come on! *inserts mental image of your Cordelia icon*
essene
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Get 'em girl!!!
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
:)
*rolls up sleeves*
ruthless1
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
"Go Stoney GO!!!!"

Having donned a fetching cheerleading outfit and picked up pompom's, I feel that I make quite a fetching impression as one member of your cheer section.

In other news - what asshats.
ruthless1
Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
I am hereby giving myself a fine for overuse of the word fetching.
Stop Trying To Make Fetch Happen - stoney321 - Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
sunnyd_lite
Dec. 2nd, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmm so that "Don't Be Evil" is more of a loose guideline?

I likes your site and (don't tell the shows) for some things, like the reality competition shows, the recaps are better than the episodes!
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I know, right?!

And THANK YOU SO MUCH for saying that!! Aww, we appreciate it.
kseenaa
Dec. 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh I hope that issue can be solved. :-( Such assholes at Google.
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Me, too. :(
meridius
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
They also recalibrate what they count as hits....when my husband crossed 600/mo for more than a couple months, it suddenly barely made 500 the next month. They are getting quite the tricksy =/
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Well, good thing I keep steady data on everything for my site! BRING IT, GOOGLE.
elizardbits
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh my god how I pity these fools.
stoney321
Dec. 2nd, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
TWO DOLLARS!! I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!!!
mariadeangeles
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
Good for you
I'm glad you're fighting it.
stoney321
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Good for you
Thank you!!
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stoney321
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
(hey hey check your email.) :D
mangofandango
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Let me know if there is any specific person or place to direct my fist shaking to that would help you out, and I'll do it! Stupid Google.
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