Monday, November 1, 2010

No Ads

Pasting from deviantArt, for my dear blog followers:
You might have noticed that ads have disappeared from dolldivine.com. Google sent me some automated message that I'm tricking people into clicking on ads and told me to make changes (they didn't say what changes). I removed all of the text ads off the entire site. Three days later I get a message that I did not make the right changes and my service has been discontinued.

This is terrible news!!! If I don't have ads, I can't work on the website full time and games would grind to a halt!!! I'm very hurt and insulted that Google would A. think that I would want to trick people and B. cut me off in such an impersonal and cruel manner.

I've filled out an appeal form, but if you know someone who works for Google, kick them for me!!!

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44 comments:

  1. That's some crap! How are you tricking people, I've never even clicked on those adds before!

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  2. Gasp! Who would do that? I might of clicked on the ads once cuz my mouse doesn't work very well but still! That's stupid and annoying!

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  3. That's lame, they should have at least told you what changes to make. Idiots.

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  4. TRICK people into clicking on them? How does THAT work? Yeesh, if other websites have them, then why doesn't Google send a message to THEM? I don't know anyone who works for Google, but I'm living a mental kick to the people who do.

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  5. ...my cousin is being interviewed for google, should I really him? wait, he's in Seattle....

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  6. Google's ad service is notoriously...belligerent. Their terms of use/service are about as clear as mud, and often what you can make sense of is very limiting in where you can place them. It's about the only thing I absolutely hate that's come from Google.

    Unfortunately, they're also the largest web-based ad service running in the north american markets (I think). Amazon might be a close second.

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  7. Kisa, yeah up until now I loved everything Google came out with. It's the first real problem I've had but unfortunately it's a huge and severe one O_o

    I didn't know Amazon had an ad service. That's good to know if I need a replacement! I just googled a bit and it seems AOL and Yahoo beat Google. I feel a bit better now.. I thought Google was overwhelmingly the biggest, but it's just one of many competitors. Yay!

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  8. That is pure malarkey. I don't see how on earth their claims make any sense. How dose someone trick people into clicking adds? And how are you supposed to make the right changes when they don't even tell you what the right changes are? This is the stupidest thing I've heard all day. If I knew someone who worked for Google, I'd not only kick them but demand they talk to someone about this mess. That is so unfair.

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  9. I know right! google why you be so stupid??

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  10. Thats so stupid. Its like someone saying that someone MADE you do drugs. NO ONE can make you do anything. I have never clicked on an add, but I now for sure that you didnt hold a gun to my head or in their case "Trick" me to click on an add.
    -KK

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  11. Well, I know what they're getting at. Someone could definitely try to get extra clicks by purposely putting ads near other stuff. The main problem is the vague, accusatory and impersonal way I was notified and booted. Sigh.

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  12. what a shame u can tr sending a complaint but other than that i hav no advice but i did see that the bars went up on elven fashion and thats a total OH YEAH!! When i saw it i was like HOLY CRAP!! because i check the site 3 times a day and didnt expect any changes
    good luck
    -flame

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  13. Maybe you could get a ton of banner ads and put them at the very bottom of the page? That's what a forum I frequent did - the ads are definitely there, but you usually don't see them if you don't scroll down all of the way.

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  14. lol Technically Amazon is more of an affiliate product placement type of program, but that is good to know about AOL and yahoo. I made my google ads estimate based on the amount of times a day I see a google-run ad. x3

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  15. mwahaha yes, it won't be long now XD

    The ads-at-bottom strategy is a common one. It's recommended for pages with things like articles, so when the person gets to the bottom they start thinking "what's next?" and sees the ad. It probably wouldn't work quite as well on my site since most people probably don't scroll past the game. All about balance :\

    Oh, yeah that makes sense about Amazon. Maybe AOL and yahoo are something similar too? Oh well, if my appeal gets rejected I'm sure I'll find out about all of this in great detail hahaha

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  16. *squee* The Elven Fashion game is almost done!

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  17. ZOMG Elven Fashion!! XD Awesome, but it could use some more options... Is there going to be more 'Elvish Stylebooks'? 'Cause the one in the game right now says 'volume one,' soo.... More? :3

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  18. I love,love the Elven dress up! It's so simple, yet beautiful. I can find endless combinations!

    Also, Google has no right to do this. Demand to speak to a representitive and learn what "changes" you must make. Don't let it beat you. You're an amazing artist and you need to share it with the world.

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  19. I think the problem here is that Google obviously can't go through and evaluate the content of every single website that uses its ad service, and probably just has some algorithm it uses to evaluate the proximity of ads to any interactive content. Seeing as your website is pretty much exclusively interactive content... Well, I guess situations like this are why there's an appeals process in place in the first place. Hopefully they'll be able to see what's obvious - that you aren't trying to trick anyone. And if that doesn't work out, I'm sure you'll think of something.

    On a happier note, the elven fashion game is lovely. I just happened to refresh your website's main page what must have been only seconds after you'd loaded it, and was very confused when I didn't see the Avatar preview. It took a few minutes for me to process the fact that it's square had been replaced by a new game.

    And, I hate to ask, but any news on the male Hogwarts student maker? The movie is kind of coming out soon....

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  20. OMG IT"S HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. the eleven fashion is terribly beautiful (compliment) but i dont care for the formatting. It makes it harder to create a good doll when you dont know exactly what is going on her. I know it would be too hard to change but for future refrence please format it more like your other dressups like the element doll creator.
    Thank You
    -flame
    PS i am very glad it's only the first volume

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  22. Is it possible for you to do a flame-red hair color on the Elven Fashion?

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  23. Lol, maybe if everyone goes to questionstar's page and tells her with how much joy their hearts are filled when they see her artwork, we might arrange a part II XD

    The first swatch is red hair, no?

    Yes, I think that's very true about algorithms, and I do think that's what happened. I also hope you're right about the appeal. However, since I've had no word yet, my mind is full of paranoia lol.

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  24. How ridiculous. Maybe you're better off finding another company to use, I wouldn't want to use the ads from a company I know will boot me off with little to no reasoning behind it.
    Good luck with getting your appeal/finding a different ad company! I hope it all works out okay.

    Loving the Elven dress up, gorgeous background. Will have a proper play around on it when I'm finished my Philosophy work!
    ~Ali

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  25. Yes, OLA, it is. :) Just not the right color for me to do a character. Also, I just wanted to mention I noticed a spelling error - Elven is incorrectly spelled. Elvin is correct. Not sure if you can change it, but...Just wanted to point it out.

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  26. holy crap. elven maker is up. everything is gorgeous. i just died a little on the inside. i can't properly express my unbounded joy :D :D :D :D

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  27. Oh no, the Elven maker isn't working :(.
    It loaded halfway then stuck. Even when I opened up a new tab or pressed refresh or whatever it's stuck at the same point :(

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  28. ^It's still not working, have tried pretty much everything. Am getting kind of desperate because I was almost absurdly excited for this so any solutions would be much appreciated, or some other link, or something :/

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  29. I must say, I was a little disapointed by the Elvenmaker. I was totally stunned bij the beautiful artwork, but found the options very limited. I'm kind of a skirts fan, and this doll doesn't have any skirts. At all!
    I love the wraps, being so elegant and all, but these are the things I would combine to a beautiful skirt, like in Lord of the Rings or something like that. As well as for the jewellery, which is so fancy and chique! I would totally match that to a dress for a festive or ritual look. But it's just not practicall to wear when your going to do something like... I don't know, fighting, hunting, searching for something in the woods. That is at least what I imagine she's going to do when I see the pants.
    So I do hope that there is more coming 'cause I would definitly like to see more of this beautiful artwork!

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  30. Actually, elven IS correctly spelled.

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  31. ^Maybe they're two forms?

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  32. So it's finally working and I LOVE it!
    Not what I expected, I was thinking more like Lord of the Rings/medieval-type dresses, and at first I was disappointed, but I actually really like the kind of huntress/rider look, especially as it all fits in to a book I'm reading right now, so it's lovely! x

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  33. ^ This, exactly. It wasn't what I expected, but it's amazing nonetheless.

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  34. I really like the elven fashon. the art is amazing. I found a nice atla game if anyone wants to play it while they are waition for the dolldivine verson. Link: http://www.dolidoli.com/game/avatar-girl/

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  35. ooh thanks, anonymous, that link is a really cute game (still super duper excited for the doll divine version)

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  36. No problem. I think the doll divine version will be better too, but u know... Im just not patient at all. lol
    -kk

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  37. I'm kind of glad its not all flowing skirts and hair. If elves were real, they'd have to wear clothes like these to go about their daily lives. I'd take awesome leather coats and blue pants anyday. Besides, doll divine already has an elf-maker for the fancy stuff. This balances it out beautifully for everyone.

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  38. I agree with the Anon above, all elf makers on the Internet are Lord of the Rings style. This girl looks awesome in pants!

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  39. Ugh! That's really annoying! I can see how that would wind you up, although personally I hate ads, you never know what TYPE of ads you're gonna geet and sometimes it's an ad that sets of my OCD. Grrrr.... Anyways, I'm off to check out the new game. YESH!!! *air punch*

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  40. oh no that is awful!

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  41. I see adds! Dose this mean we're back in business??? O.O <???)

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  42. OMG A PICTURE FOR THE MALE HOGWARTS MAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *flail*

    :D

    ~Ali

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  43. hahahahaha don't flail too violently XD

    Yep, we're back in business!!!! :D

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