John Mahoney's Free-fire Zone
John Mahoney
John Mahoney
is editor of the Log Cabin Chronicles.

His previous columns are archived HERE.

Posted 10.22.05
Fool's Hollow, Quebec


Buggered by Barney Google

FOOL'S HOLLOW, QC | "Profits rise sevenfold at Google"

Well, misterman, I was so friggin' pleased when I read how well Google is doing these days.

I've never liked being screwed without being kissed, but in Google's case I'm making an exception.

Regular readers of this irregular column may recall that Google summarily gave the LCC the boot from its AdSense program a couple of weeks ago.

They kept a couple of hundreds dollars in ad space rentals they owed me, saying they were going to return it to the advertisers because I had encouraged people of click on their ads and visit their websites.

The New York Times filed this report on October 21:

"Finding more ways to make money from its spot as the world's most popular Internet search engine, Google topped Wall Street expectations yesterday and posted a sharply higher profit in the third quarter.

" 'We were surprised, pleasantly, I might say,' Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt, said yesterday in a telephone interview."

Two weeks ago I faxed Eric, and his two chief buddies at Google, explained my situation, and asked for some justice.

They never acknowledged my fax, never replied. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

Here's the fax I sent them:

Dr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, Co-Founder & President, Products Sergey Brin, Co-Founder & President, Technology

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 phone: 650-253-0000 fax: 650-253-0001


I have been treated unfairly by your Google AdSense Team recently, and want you to be aware of this.

Last April, I joined in your AdSense advertising program. My website, The Log Cabin Chronicles, gets approximately 50,000+ viewers each month.

On September 27, 2005, I received this e-mail from the AdSense Team:

"We found that you are using language which may encourage your website users to click on the Google ads you're serving through AdSense...please make the necessary changes to your web pages in the next 72 hours...once you update your pages, we will automatically detect the changes and ad serving will not be affected."

I immediately made the change they demanded, updated the page on my server, and notified them that I had complied.

I also mentioned that I had received several e-mail messages from readers who thanked me for calling attention to the Google ads as they were looking for autumn foliage accommodations in Quebec and Vermont this fall.

I assumed all was okay.

Then, on October 3, the Google AdSense Team notified me by e-mail that I had been defrocked -- summarily dismissed, my account disabled, and so on...

Look, one week previously I had immediately complied with their demand, in good faith.

Then they give me the boot, and refuse to answer my e-mail messages.

I have published the Log Cabin Chronicles from my rural homestead on the Quebec-Vermont border for going on ten years. It's a quality publication with visitors from around the world dropping by each month. It's free and the LCC contributors work for love, not for money. I've never made a penny from it.

The Google AdSense revenues were earmarked to offset the costs of installing a 2-way Ka-band satellite hookup on the roof of my log cabin to enable high speed 'Net connection. I currently get on-line via dial-up at 26,400 kpbs -- the only option available out here in the country.

I know you are busy men running a global operation, but this really is unfair.

What can you do about it?


John Mahoney, Editor
Log Cabin Chronicles