Hmm. This is weird. While I was going through my email from last week (when I was away to Djerba) I noticed a message from the Google AdSense team. In that email, Google states that I violate the terms of service from AdSense by publishing ‘mature content’ or ‘adult content’. Once again it concerns a post that’s rather ‘old’, being from December last year. They point to a URL in my HTML archive (which is the old site, from before the merge to WordPress) and they ask me to take it down (or ‘make the necessary changes’, which actually means the same thing). Google vaguely mentions ‘pages such as’, indicating that there are more pages alike that also violate those terms. Now I’m in great doubt. Where is the line between ‘mature and adult content’ and approved, published advertisement from brands? Any ’sexual’ content should therefor be removed, but since 80% of all advertising is about ’sex sells’, that would mean I have to take down a lot of posts, or drop out of the AdSense program.
The old post Google refers to has been taken offline, but the merged post is over here [I censored the images so you wouldn't be shocked]. Take a look at it and tell me what you think of it. The campaign is from the 25Peaces agency and was sponsored by the European Government. Okay, I admit, it’s controversial… but it’s an official campaign that has been launched in Austria. The billboards where placed along the roads as you can read in the description of the campaign.
The HTML archive is supposed be taken offline, but I still need to adjust the dates of about 200 posts, which are now all stuffed in January 2006, because when I merged, all the content was set to the 2006 date, instead of keeping the 2005 posting dates. I still need to do a part of August and parts of September, October, November and December. After that, I take the archive offline. But that doesn’t mean the content will be gone, since it’s all merged to the database of WordPress. So the problem remains, even if Google points to the past. This is a weird situation I’m in, and I need some advice.
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 http://www.coolmarketingthoughts.com/posted/porn-for-politics.html.
As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on pages with adult or mature content.
Please make any necessary changes to your web pages in the next 3 business days. We also suggest that you take the time to review our program policies (https://www.google.com/adsense/policies) to ensure that all of your other pages are in compliance.
Once you update your site, we will automatically detect the changes and ad serving will not be affected. If you choose not to make the changes to your account within the next three days, your account will remain active but you will no longer be able to display ads on the site. Please note, however, that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the future.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Google AdSense Team