Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Google Continues to Anger

Google and I have not been getting along for the past six months. The name change for the site killed momentum (my fault) and Google policies and poor employee attitudes has landed Google on my pooh list. Right now, Yahoo and Google employees are tied for the worst corporate nonsense attitudes. I was just starting to calm down, too.  However, the latest exchange shows just how poor Google communicates with potential clients. Let me give a little background first.

Six months ago, I chose to merge three sites into one. I was an idiot ; that is, believing because I believed the employees of the world's largest search engine would have good directions to make sure a mess did not occur. Apparently, I cannot read directions and all three sites were removed from Google Search, Google Blog Search, and Google News. The fine people from vbSEO tried to help and eventually a few thousand pages of the site were re-indexed, only a million to go. Google Blog Search continues to show the Scrapper sites but not this one. Google News refuses to include the site despite having included one of the three sites combined before the merger. Despite my including the link in multiple emails, I  was repeatedly told they couldn't find the about page.

Tonight, though, takes the cake.

Here is the email. Notice that no employee signature is in the email. There is no "person" to blame.

Dear LPH,
Thank you for your interest in Google Affiliate Network, formerly DoubleClick Performics. At this time we cannot approve your application. Your application has been reviewed and may have been declined for one or more of the following reasons:
1. We were unable to access and review your site or determine your business model based on the URL or profile information provided.
2. The profile information provided is inconsistent or doesn't match registered domain information.
3. Your site does not meet our content guidelines, which prohibit the following:
* Violent content, racial intolerance, or advocacy against any individual, group, or organization
* Pornography, adult, or mature content
* Hacking/cracking content
* Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia
* Excessive profanity
* Gambling or casino-related content
* Any other content that is illegal, promotes illegal activity, or infringes on the legal rights of others
4. Your site or business model is generally not a good fit for Google Affiliate Network and our advertiser programs.
Reasons 1 & 2 are the most common reasons for declining applications. If there are updates to your Web site you are welcome to reapply. Please contact us with any questions.
Google Affiliate Network

Really? Who is the blind employee? Are they saying they couldn't figure out LPH? The email was sent to  hmm. A whois shows my name and the Tux Reports Network. A click on the link for about would turn up more information. Did they read the comment in the application form where I put my name? No. This employee was just flat out LAZY.

Google employees - may you all lose your jobs for being stupid.

P.S. The site did 2.8 million ad impressions in June. Did you think of running a report locally on your own adsense program? oh! That's probably a different department and too many cubicles away because you're too busy demanding free food for not working.