It's hard to tell anymore. On the one hand, I'm [temporarily?] back in the #1 slot for jeremy searches.

On the other hand, I applied to their AdSense program--just for kicks. I was rejected.

Your website is a type of website that we do not currently accept into our program. Such websites include, but are not limited to, chat sites, personal pages, search engines, sites that contain predominately copyrighted material, and sites that drive traffic through cybersquatting.

Heh. I guess I'm not worth their ad-serving time.

No, I really didn't plan to advertise on my site, but I was curious to see how the process worked. Now I know. Sort of.

Posted by jzawodn at June 23, 2003 12:11 PM

Reader Comments
# Noel D. Jackson said:

Odd, I applied and got that same message, yet that same day they sent me my Ad-Sense code and information on how to complete my registration. So, now I'm serving ads when I was told I couldn't. Glitch?

on June 23, 2003 12:34 PM
# Wesley Mason said:

Yeah, I applied to AdSense for pretty much the same reason, and got the same response.
Wonder why they're rejecting personal sites, considering the revenue that could be driven through them.

on June 23, 2003 12:39 PM
# justin said:

My guess is that they want a site where the content pretty much stays static so that theey can tell the advertiser their ads are always relevant to the contect on the site.

It is interesting to note that they ALREADY know what each site it used for and the possible contact contained within :)

on June 23, 2003 12:43 PM
# Cam said:

Very curious. The application I submitted for WatchBlog was also rejected. It's not a personal site, a search engine or a chat site.

It's OK because I installed PHPadsnew which supports third-party banners and text-ads (not sure yet if it supports AdSense, though).

on June 23, 2003 01:18 PM
# Danny said:

Any bets on how long it will be until they drop (or at least water down) their 'personal pages' restriction given their recent interest in blogs? Or perhaps they've still got a little insecurity in their content-analysis algorithms when it comes to people saying things they shouldn't.

btw, I notice that you appear to be in the category:

Arts > Celebrities > I > Irons, Jeremy

Surely as #1 hit for Jeremy you deserve to have an Open Directory celebrity entry yourself ;-)

on June 23, 2003 01:47 PM
# Gerald Steffens said:

Thus number nine of your top 10 posts broke your neck ;-)

on June 23, 2003 02:41 PM
# Jon Gales said:

I applied for Ad Sense and got accepted. is now running the ads, and Google is targeting them REALLY well. I'm very happy.

on June 23, 2003 03:08 PM
# Dwayne Rodack said:

Don't forget; You're also in the #1 slot for the same search on YAHOO!....(See related comment posted on June 21st at 2:34 & 2:38pm for the 'Rewarding Me' entry)

on June 23, 2003 03:33 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Dwayne: That's expected. Yahoo uses Google behind the scenes.

on June 23, 2003 03:47 PM
# Dwayne said:

Jeremy: Interesting, I never knew (since I always thought there was some sort of competition)... But that makes more sense now. Thanks for the info.

on June 23, 2003 04:41 PM
# Dan Isaacs said:

Oh, there's a ton of competition. It's just now getting interesting.

on June 23, 2003 05:26 PM
# Matthias said:

I wonder if they reject weblogs generally, without looking at the content!

on June 24, 2003 02:04 AM
# Tristan Louis said:

Got rejected too... When I inquired further, they told me blogs were not eligible. I've posted the full conversation with them on my site.

on June 24, 2003 07:25 AM
# Derek Willis said:

Very strange. I submitted thescoop and it was accepted, so I don't think they reject weblogs as a category. Hmm.

on June 24, 2003 10:50 AM
# Gavin said:

> sites that contain predominately copyrighted material

Don't most sites contain predominately copyrighted material?

on June 25, 2003 04:31 PM
# Carlos E. Perez said:

Guys are you all completely blind?

If your blog's title or subtitle says some like "lastname's blog". Then its a personal site. If it doesn't say it, just like tim bray's site then it isn't. Plain and simple.

on June 28, 2003 04:14 AM
# Gary said:

Apparently just having a "Blog" LINK on your home page, is all the excuse they need to declare you illegitimate and unworthy.

on June 28, 2003 06:13 AM
# Perfectly Sassy a.k.a. The Radical Chef said:

When I first decided to get Google Adsense for my Cooking Journal, I requested the Google people to review my site to assess if I would qualify. I was especially concerned about the exclusion of personal pages from sites that could display Google Adsense. I knew that some blogs displayed Google Adsense and I wondered what personal pages meant. Hence, the initial request. This was the reply.

"It would be difficult to estimate how well your websites would fit the Google AdSense program before they pass through our official review process. However, I encourage you to submit an application. Our online review process only takes between two and three days, and you will not be obligated in any way.

Please note, however, that the Google AdSense program does not support domain paths at this time. You must be able to run ads on your entire site. In the future, however, we may offer this option to publishers.

When you are ready to get started with Google AdSense, please visit If you have any questions about applying, please feel free to reply to this email.


The Google Team"

Alright, so I applied. I received an e-mail with a link to verify my e-mail address. I completed the process. Less than an hour later, I received another e-mail informing me that I did not qualify to participate in the program:

"Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. After reviewing your application, our program specialists have found that the website currently associated with your account does not comply with our policies. Therefore, we're unable to accept your into Google AdSense at this time.

We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below. If you are able to resolve these issues, please feel free to reply to this email for reconsideration when you have made the changes.


- Page type


Further detail:

Page type: Your website is a type of website that we do not currently accept into our program. Such websites include, but are not limited to, chat sites, personal pages, search engines, sites that contain predominately copyrighted material, and sites that drive traffic through cybersquatting... "

I replied, raising the following issues:

"Mine isn't a chat site.

Personal pages??? There's one page there about me. Yes, one out of 150.

Search engines??? There's a script for searching the site, yes.

Copyrighted material??? You gotta be kidding me (all my contents are original, including photos of the cooked dishes)

Cybersquatting? Where? This is a subdomain in my own domain.

What is my type of website according to your assessment then that caused my disqualification?"

Two hours later, I received another e-mail, as follows:

"Our AdSense representatives review all AdSense applications according to our Terms and Conditions ( and our program policies ( I apologize if the prior disapproval of your application was made in error.

I have now reviewed and confirmed that your website meets all of our policies. Your application has been approved. Please check for a separate application approval email for your records. The approval email also includes detailed instructions on how to access your new account and get started.

Please note that you may place ads on any of the pages within your domain that comply with AdSense policies, keeping in mind that personal pages, such as, do not comply with AdSense policies. You can find AdSense policies at Thank you for your cooperation.


The Google Team"

I guess you have to be sassy enough to complain.

on September 10, 2003 04:52 PM
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