I’m not sure if a new inspection crew started working for Google Adsense late last year, but it looks like my websites are getting more attention than they used to. My guess is that my increase in traffic, coupled with high click throughs, raised some sort of a flag. At the end of last year I was notified by Google to remove the large square text ad from the top of my blog posts on my automotive blog. Adsense was disabled on my domain until I complied.
Thankfully the people that I had contact with at Adsense were understanding, gave some direction, and allowed me to fix the problem instead of banning me. Apparently, the large square at the top of posts blended too well with my content. In my opinion nothing was blended, it was applied almost exactly like it is on Blogspot blogs, only on top of posts, rather at the bottom, or mixed in with the next post.
Nevertheless, I have learned over the years not to argue with the hand that feeds. So, after complying with their requests, within 48 hours Adsense was again running on my site. Currently my clicks have dropped considerably and revenue in tow. I’m hoping to come up with an different ad placement that garners as much attention as previously or perhaps use a diff type of ad in the old location. This will take some testing and the patience of my regular readers of the automotive site. 😉