Of Mice and Men

To get back in the swing of things on this blog, I’m going to commit to updating again regularly, at least a few times a week. As suspected, the reason I haven’t been blogging for fun much lately, and you can probably already guess why.. yes, the usual excuse.  It feels like work has been a bit all-consuming lately. I’ve been working hard to wrap up a few projects that seem to be dragging on this year. — What happened to my commitment last year to NOT take on any new client work until I had a team in place to and could focus on my projects too? Textual sigh. — Regardless, I’m thrilled to be seeing some light near the end of the tunnel, having just wrapped up 2 more of the remaining client jobs on the table.

With the last of the main clients jobs out of the way, I intend to groom several talented web programmers and designers who I can sub out various project tasks to. I’m also working on assembly a larger virtual staff if anyone reading this blog is interested. I’ve had great success this year with monetizing my websites and networks. I’ve also established several of my own ad markets and online advertising networks, which are growing tremendously quick.  I’ll most likely be writing a lot more about them and related topics. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I was considering covering some SEO topics, and decided I will might as well go ahead and get started.

I’ll be touching on some internet, web design, and programming basics, as well as some SEO, online marketing basics, and maybe even some more advanced stuff as time goes on. I seem to be quite regularly discussing this topic with people lately, and might as well start establishing a strong base of content to direct people towards. In fact, it’s almost disheartening I haven’t written more on my private blogs in the past, I wish I had. But hey, gotta pick up somewhere right? Well, until next time. Happy surfing!

Have any SEO or Internet Marketing topics you’d like me to cover on my blog?

Google blocked my Fast and Furious post and kicked me from Adsense

UPDATE (July 27th, 2009):

Earlier this morning I got an email from Google accepting my Adsense account, sweet deal! Hope things go better this time around, after some browsing I realized that around the same time this happened, several other larger blogs had the exact same problems. They had pages de-indexed (some of them experienced this with LARGE portions of their blogs), rankings acting funky, adsense bans (some of them got them reinstated after several weeks), and a ton of other quirky behavior from their favorite search engine provider.

I’ll have to put some anti-fraud click protection in place, I’ve been researching it a bit on Google (lol, go figure). I think what happened was I was bombed with thousands of fake clicks to a couple of my sites. I experienced this recently with the private ad network I run on my forums. I had to update and implement some anti-fraud click modules for that as well.

UPDATE (July 25th, 2009):

After this post was written it basically played out like this.. As I said originally, the post ranked as a #1 hit right away for “fast and furious trucks” (from other ips, not logged into a google account, etc.) but then disappeared ENTIRELY a few days later.

Around the same time I got an email from Google informing me that I had been booted from Adsense; after pulling in a nice $40/month for a few months prior from a high-traffic project too!  I immediately filed a dispute (I had done nothing wrong?!) and began to investigate what the potentially permanent adsense ban may do to my current rankings. I did this by reviewing a few of my more popular keyword hits to see if they were still ranked in the same position. Most of my long-established ones were normal, but got to some of my newer posts and sure enough, typed in “fast and furious trucks” and NOTHING.. for about a week. During that week, it did not show up at ALL.

I scoured Google for my link thinking maybe it just got knocked down in the rankings substantially after that initial hit, page after page, nowhere to be found. After I realized it was nowhere to be found (and had google analytics to prove it!) I made this post referencing the “ban” or “blocking” of the fatf post. About a week later of me checking it daily to see if I could find it, the post suddenly appeared again, a few pages deep in the rankings (about 20-30 I’d estimate) and began working its way back to the front page over the course of about another week.

I think I may have jumped the gun a bit on saying they “blocked” the post, however it was very strange that it was indexed and shown SO quickly, but then disappeared entirely. I’m talking.. one day there is 500 hits for the search term, the next day.. zero. It was stange indeed.. I wish I had a friend at Google.. (although I did get a Google Voice invite the other day as soon as they started sending them out it seems??? rad!)

Seeing as how I haven’t given any thought towards this post in so long, I just gave it another go and submitted an application for a new Adsense account. I’ll keep you guys posted!

Original Post from September 1st, 2008:

Not really sure why this happened but now Google is blocking my last blog post with the “Fast and Furious” truck pictures. They also thought it’d be nice to boot me from Adsense, which I’ve been a long-standing member of on many of my legitimate sites. I do NOT run linkfarms or ANY blackhat-seo methods or even dabble with it. I have always taken a very organic approach towards my online marketing. None of the pictures in the post are copyrighted and I don’t believe I violated any terms of anything.

First, a little history on the post. I saw that the new “Fast and Furious” movie was coming out soon and it actually looked like an entertaining sequel to the first one. I saw the split second of Trophy Trucks in the new movie and was stoked! Afterall, I run several desert racing related sites and own two project prerunners myself. Me and my buddy Zach watched the trailer together and afterwards he tells me that our mutual friend’s little brother works at the shop that BUILT that truck! Of course, I tell him “nooooo waayyy!” but he quickly brings up said brother’s myspace and begins showing me pics of the TT builds.

I thought this was way too cool so I decided to post the pics on my blog and share it with friends and other guys on my offroad forums. Within TWENTY minutes, my post about the fast and furious trucks was on the FIRST page for the search terms “fast and furious truck” and “fast and furious trucks”. I WAS SHOCKED! I have had several first page hits from this blog but THAT QUICKLY!?

Now, just days later, I have been completely stripped of even showing up in the search results. I did NOT steal any content (all text in the post was written by me!), the pictures on the post are personal photos from a friend, and I did not change anything from the normal way I’ve been blogging for the last 2 years. Despite this, my 1st page result for “fast and furious trucks” and other such terms have been stripped of me, without any warning, any notification, NOTHING. I was also kicked from the adsense program for “invalid clicks”. What a great way to spend labor day weekend. I have made an inquiry with google regarding having my adsense account reinstated.. seeing as how I did nothing to violate their terms? We’ll see how that goes, I’ll keep you guys posted.