Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Checking if a site is banned/blacklisted from Google

If some site violates Google TOS, it is very possible it will get banned. The most common reasons are: hidden text, link spam, link farm. If your site does not apear in Google, there is a simple way to check if it is simply not indexed yet, or if it has been blacklisted.

Go to www.google.com and type the site name in the search bar (let's take testdomain123.biz for example).

If you get an answer like this:

Sorry, no information is available for the URL testdomain123.biz
If the URL is valid, try visiting that web page by clicking on the following link: testdomain123.biz
Find web pages from the site testdomain123.biz
Find web pages that contain the term "testdomain123.biz"

Then your site is not banned.

BUT

If you get an answer like this:

Sorry, no information is available for the URL testdomain123.biz
Find web pages from the site testdomain123.biz
Find web pages that contain the term "testdomain123.biz"

Then your site is blacklisted.

Note the line If the URL is valid, try visiting that web page by clicking on the following link: which is the difference between two cases.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Google Adsense alternatives beside YPN

It is very clear that for websites with a wide range of subjects there is no program doing better than Google Adsense. And this is because they have a very much number of ads, some of them catchy even for experienced users and they also have pretty high CPC. However, some sites are not accepted by Adsense or some people get banned, so there is a big need for alternatives. YPN cannot be always considered because it only accepts US advertisers and it also requires some kind of invitation.
Here are some alternatives:

Kanoodle are serios and good , but again they accept very few websites.

Adbrite gives you a lot of freedom, but you don't make as much as you do with google, not even close.

If you don't mind having some naked little pictures on your site, you may try friendfinder.com programs.

Amazon and Microsoft also are trying to get into contextual advertising biz, but it is not known yet when.

The others such as clicksor, bidvertiser, etc are not worth trying.