(Toledo, OH) My short-lived experiment with Google ads on this site has ended; the thieving scoundrels in Mountain View, CA have decided to pull the plug on my account:
It has come to our attention that invalid clicks have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s). We have therefore disabled your Google AdSense account.
I am assuming that the decision to kill my account was based on this post, in which I subtly suggested that readers might want to say "hello" to my advertisers. From my perspective this was not an inducement to artificially inflate clicks.
Not only have they unilaterally chosen to delist me as a site eligible to run their ads, but they have also notified me that the "earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected advertisers."
Uh, Google? You never sent me a check. Also, you can take the $11 or so in commissions that I earned for a month's activity and stick it up your virtual ass.
I will be watching to see if - as some sites have claimed - your vindictiveness carries over to my page rank. Be assured that I will make it my personal goal to expose any corporate retribution on your part.
By the way - this gives me the opportunity to sell my own ad space, so if you are interested in advertising on this site, feel free to contact me at my email address.