Why You Should Not Use AdSense In Your Domain Name

Google AdSense Warning Email

We received a warning email from Google AdSense team on Friday,July 14, 2006. Google AdSense team found violations of AdSense policies on our website.
The Original Warning Email From Google AdSense:

From: Google AdSense [mailto:adsense-support@google.com]
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 9:38 AM
To: @.com
Cc: adsense-support@google.com
Subject: Google AdSense


While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as www..com/

Publishers are not permitted to make prominent use of "Google Brand Features" on sites showing Google ads. Google Brand Features include Google logos, product screenshots, or other distinctive features Additionally, publishers may not place Google ads on sites incorporating Google trademarks in the site URL or on sites that frame Google pages, including search results pages.

As a result, we have disabled ad serving to the site.Your AdSense account remains active. However, we strongly suggest that you take the time to review our program policies (https://www.google.com/adsense/policies ) to ensure that all of your remaining pages are in compliance.

Please note that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the future.

The Google AdSense Team
To help keep your account in good standing, we recommend all publishers review the policy guidelines found here: https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=23921

It was not an account termination email but we were still shocked by the email. We do not want to be kicked out from the program because we put in a lot of hard work promoting our AdSense sites using the right techniques. We try our best not to violate any of the Google TOS and policy. Google AdSense team informed us that they had found violations of Google policy on one of our websites.
Problem #1:

"Publishers are not permitted to make prominent use of "Google Brand Features" on sites showing Google ads."

Google states this in the "Guidelines for Third Party Use of Google Brand Features" (http://www.google.com/permissions/guidelines.html). Our slogan in the header diagram was "Start Google AdSense Now. Make Money With A Complete Google AdSense Guide". This is a violation of that guideline. Google requires publishers to obtain written permission if they want to use their trademarks.

Note: You can request permission to use the Google Brand Features here (http://www.google.com/permissions/request.html)
Problem #2:

"Publishers may not place Google ads on sites incorporating Google trademarks in the site URL or on sites that frame Google pages, including search results pages."

Our old domain name, startAdSenseNow.com, contains Google trademark - AdSense in it. This is the second violation mentioned in the email. In the guideline, Google states that "One of the conditions for all uses is that you can't mess around with our marks. Only we get to do that. Don’t remove, distort or alter any element of a Google Brand Feature. That includes modifying a Google trademark, for example, through hyphenation, combination or abbreviation, such as: Googliscious, Googlyoogly, GaGooglemania. Do not shorten, abbreviate, or create acronyms out of Google trademarks."

Obviously we can not use our old domain, startAdSenseNow.com, if we want to continue showing AdSense Ads. We have to move our website to another domain name.

To solve the problems, we have added the following statement in our footer:

"This site is not in anyway affiliated with Google nor does Google endorse ibbs.us. AdSense, AdWords and Google are trademarks of Google, Inc."

We've also removed the Google trademarks from our slogan and we move our website to a new domain name, ibbs.us. There are a lot of work and we may lost some inbound links. Well, we made a mistakes and we pay the price. Fair enough. These violations on our website have nothing to do with invalid clicks or impressions. This could be the reason why we are not banned from the program. This also shows that Google does not simply kick people out of AdSense for small mistakes.
Something in the Email Header

Note: Let's look at the email header. This email is from death.corp.google.com ^^""

Email header
Envelope-to: @.com
Delivery-date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 04:32:10 +0300
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for @.com>; Thu, 13 Jul 2006 18:40:29 -0700
DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; s=beta; d=google.com; c=nofws; q=dns;
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by death.corp.google.com with ESMTP id k6E1c3LV010166
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Thu, 13 Jul 2006 18:40:22 -0700
Message-Id: <200607140140.k6E1c3LV010166@death.corp.google.com>
From: "Google AdSense"
To: <@.com>
Subject: Google AdSense
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2006 18:37:59 -0700
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