Amazon.com Widgets

Google Adwords Account Permanently Suspended

Let me tell you a story about How Google AdWords Screwed Me. In case you do not know what Google Adwords is, its a form of advertising program from Google. You can set up an ad to run, known as a campaign on the Google search network based on keywords. Have you ever typed in a search on Google and noticed that first there are ads displayed first on the page? See the picture below. These are ads relevant to your search based on your keyword phrase and you can see in the picture that Radio Shack is first in the list and they probably paid a pretty penny to get there. See you pay per click on these campaigns so if I click the Radio Shack ad, it may cost them (Radio Shack) $1.00 a click or more.

 

When I setup my hosting account with BlueHost they gave me $80 worth of AdWords Credit to use.

I have recently been using DropBox for my cloud storage for all my security cam uploads. (thats for another story)

DropBox gives you 2 gigs of free storage and if you refer others you can get increased storage for up to 8 gigs.

I recently read and article on Lifehacker.com that explained how you can use adwords to get more referrals.

I thought wow that’s a great idea and I have $80 in Google Ad Credit so why not!

Well I tried and it and Google kicked my in the nads! Not 1 day after I set up my campaigns, Google had this to say.

Your Google AdWords account has been permanently suspended for repeated violation of AdWords or Landing Page and Site policies in this or a related account.

So I contacted Google about this OVER THE PHONE!
The representative on the phone said that he saw nothing at all wrong with my account, and that he would escalate it to a higher level and that I would get an email within 24 hours.

All that Google had to offer me was this:

Thank you for your call last week regarding your account.

It has come to our attention that your Google AdWords account doesn’t
comply with our terms of service and advertising policies. As a result,
your account has been suspended, and your ads will no longer run on
Google.

We appreciate your cooperation.
Best regards,
The Google AdWords Team
So I replied saying they still didn’t tell me what I actually did wrong and that I combed over the terms and could find nothing wrong.

They replied once more with a sense of harshness this time.

Thank you for your continued patience during this process. Our specialists
have re-reviewed your accounts and have determined that our decision is
correct and final. As a result, your account, and any related accounts you
may have created, have been suspended, and your ads will no longer run on
Google.

NEXT STEPS

– Our support team is unable to provide any further information on this
matter.

– Please refrain from creating additional AdWords accounts, as they will
be subject to the same suspension.

We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for your understanding.
Sincerely,
The Google AdWords Team

At this point I am mad now. I did some searching and found that Google is doing this to many people and they are not happy about the non explanation for it.

I am going to try it again with a new account and see how far I get.

 

Meanwhile read this article to see what I wanted to do that many others are doing. Nothing at all wrong with this.

http://lifehacker.com/5854955/how-to-max-out-your-dropbox-referrals-with-google-adwords-for-free

Google is just being an Asshole!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Yes its that time once again where we gather around the table to give thanks and feast on delicious foods prepared by family and friends. It seems like it takes hours and hours to prepare the feast and only minutes to devour it and return to our arm chairs or couches, or even to a rear bedroom for a nap after we stuffed our gullets full of food.

Oh but you cant rest…no you are the tech guy of the family…you have work to do whilst you are visiting.

How can you say no right?

Never fear, USERBYTES is here to offer some help.

OK lets go ahead and make the assumption that you will be dealing with Microsoft Windows computers probably dating back to Windows 95 no less too right? I mean if everyone was using Ubuntu or Mac OSX, I wouldn’t have to even right this article now would I?

Does that look like you up above?

I found a great article on LIFEHACKER.COM today that wrote what I wanted to write only better.

Here is the article http://lifehacker.com/5413223/ Check that out! They tell you how to do a quick triage of windows and how to back it up and easily get rid of malware and other slow auto starting crapware.

NOTE: Pictures are from TheOatmeal.com

All HDMI cables are the same

Budget Planner – Mint.com

Why Foursquare is Lame

I was recently reading an article on Twitter and Foursquare, and let me just tell you that the recent foursquare pollution on twitter is getting on my last nerve. The article I was reading was called:

Where You Are and Why It Matters: Twitter and Local Trending
from http://thenextweb.com/ by Kristin Marshall

For those of you that don’t already know,  here are the definition of each.

Twitter is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now.

Foursquare on your phone gives you & your friends new ways of exploring your city. Earn points & unlock badges for discovering new things.

Now here are MY definition of each.

Twitter = Very cool way to tell all that follow you what your are doing without wasting time on the phone with hellos and whats ups. You simply want to tell them all at once WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I mean really that’s what everyone always asks right? What are you doing?

Foursquare = Lame.

When I first started with Twitter, I loved the fact that it was so simple. It was just your friends, what they were doing, pics, and links to pictures or websites they were reading. That’s it.

In this article Kristin Marshall tries to explain what the “big picture” is by writing:
“Where we are, our location, plays a key role in determining what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. “

I call bullsnap on this one. I don’t need to know the location of the Circle K that this tweet is referring too “@snoballz is making a beer run to the Circle K http://4sq.com/7l4RDM

She goes on to write ” Twitter has given us another way to turn down the noise, and really get to the nitty gritty of what matters to us”
Oh Really? How is that so? Are you referring to the new twitter lists? I cant filter out the friends that I want to follow that are lame enough to use foursquare and tweet every single location…. that defeats the purpose.

“Twitter’s geolocation feature has not seen a great deal of uptake with only 0.23% of tweets with geolocation enabled”
If foursquare and its geolocations is already polluting my twitter streams at 0.23% I fear what will happen if others jump on the band wagon of this horsespit and make the jump to 5%.

This is what happens when Twitter releases their API to other lame applications. You get stream pollution!

There is always a silver lining in almost any situation if you look deep enough, and I may have found it. Imagine where someone might hand off a phone to someone and have that person tweet from Steak and Shake when they are out committing some heinous crime.

Could that be the future of the Perfect alibi???