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Google AdSense rejection and cross-domain duplicate content experience

Since the rejection replies you get from Google regarding applications to their AdSense program can be quite vague and even cryptic, I thought I would share my experience. First things first, you are not going to get to talk to Google directly — you have to use the forums. (Here is my thread.)

My rejection was simply:

Hello Jeremy,

Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Unfortunately, after
reviewing your application, we’re unable to accept you into Google AdSense
at this time.

We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below.

Issues:

– Unacceptable site content

Looking around their restrictions, I really could not find a solution, as I couldn’t find any rule that I explicitly violated.  I posted a request for insight on the forums, and a very insightful user (wasaweb) pointed out my extensive duplicate content on http://jeremytharp.com/ and http://www.coffeecuphalfmoons.com/.  And it’s true — I use my blog’s rss to feed much of the content on my music site.

Since I want to keep the sites separate, I saw no reasonable solution, but then I discovered that recently Google began allowing cross-domain canonical URLs.  Eureka!  I simply set the canonical URLs on the pages on jeremytharp.com that fed from coffeecuphalfmoons.com to the appropriate page that fed the same content on coffeecuphalfmoons.com.  When I resubmitted the AdSense application, it was approved!

Keep in mind that there are a LOT of reasons you might get rejected from AdSense, but given that this was very simply successful, I thought I would share.

I also noticed an immediate reorganization of my site:jeremytharp.com results on Google (for the better).  I’m hoping it has some positive effects on PR on both pages as well.

 

Posted by on March 8, 2010 in Computers, How-To

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Twitter weekly updates by crimulus for 2009-10-25

  • RT @YouQuotedQuotes When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time. ~ Cy Twombly [Can I get an AMEN!?] #
  • Prototype #2 for jeremytharp.com: http://abv8.me/1O2 I will clean it up tomorrow and build the HTML framework … I think it’ll be slick! #
  • My first prototype of the new jeremytharp.com: http://abv8.me/1O1 Yeah it’s a little crude yet, but feel free to give commentary! #
  • Been teaching myself “Heart & Soul” on the piano … lol Playing piano seems to help me with separating my hands on guitar, so … #
  • Life isn’t reaching death in one well preserved piece. It’s skidding into the grave, thoroughly used up, worn out, shouting “Hell yeah!” #
  • Might be building a quick remake of jeremytharp.com this weekend — any ideas will be welcome! (I know it sucks right now lol) #
  • Looked @ 700 quotes on life and couldn’t find the one I want..something about how we live clean&proper, but we should ride hard and die wet? #
  • Life is golf, except in life, it is perfectly acceptable to get a hole in one on a different hole than you originally pursued. #
  • Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right. —-Unknown author #quotes #
  • Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days you will be right. —-Unknown author #quot
    es #
  • The refined hillbilly breakfast: fried eggs, made-from-scratch pancakes with homemade maple syrup and home brewed iced mocha (served at 1pm) #
  • Why is it raining like it’s April 23? #
  • Just watched Pan’s Labyrinth again … probably the 5th time now? Great movie … #
  • Happy 6013th birthday Earth! http://abv8.me/1ND #
  • Death flows like a river flows // here comes time and there it goes // like a moon inflicted tide. #
  • Ok any suggestions for tonight’s podcast? I missed last week so I’m doing two: Mr. Jones — and something else … #
  • @FOXNEWS I would like to follow Fox news, but is there an account with fewer updates? It floods my page, and I end up not reading anything. #
  • #iusuallylieabout what I lie about. #
  • RT @shitmydadsays “The baby will talk when he talks, relax. It ain´t like he knows the cure for cancer and he just ain´t spitting it out.” #
  • RT @YouQuotedQuotes Common sense is seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe #
  • RT @YOUQUOTEDQUOTES What one has to do can usually be done. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt #Quotes #
  • @YOUQUOTEDQUOTES Drink mostly water + natural juice (at most 2 8oz glasses per day), halve portions, eat slow, and drink water b/w bites. #
  • @KINGSTHINGS Speed up as long as I can make it before it changes to red, of course … (and anyone who doesn’t is botching up traffic!!) #
  • lmao @TheOnion http://abv8.me/1LQ October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month #
  • RT @PJA64X Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. — Martin Luther King Jr. #
  • Feeling much better today … #
  • Bedtime … hopefully the congestion is gone tomorrow … #
  • RT @mediaite Video of Anne Frank Discovered –Will Our Grandchildren Find Historically Significant Imagery? http://www.mediaite.com/ilatc #
  • Who in the world gave someone permission to shove a tennis ball up each of my nostrils !!?? … very congested this morning … #
  • http://abv8.me/1yj Town Crier practice recordings from 10-13-09 — take a listen to a few songs and let me know what you think! #
  • Call this a strange twist: “Mr. Deeds for Governor” Endorsement of Creigh Deeds by Washington Post http://abv8.me/1LH #WaPo#
  • @KINGSTHINGS Harpists: here are some
    : http://abv8.me/1LF #
  • RT @PJA64X When you´re deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you´re enlightened, every word is wisdom. — Zhiqu #
  • RT @YouQuotedQuotes Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Proust #
  • RT @wceberly 228 yrs today, 1781, Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown: Last major battle of Amer Revolution http://bit.ly/kTlu9 #
  • Monday morning, bad sore throat, and a discombobulated itinerary I need to conquer … #
  • Back to the normal day-to-day, only with a sore throat :\ #

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Posted by on October 25, 2009 in Twitter Updates

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The official Jeremy Tharp non-music site

Back in the day, I used to play Quake 2 — a lot.  Quite specifically, I played a lot of Quake 2 Rocket Arena — so much that I often managed to place in the global top 100.  Anyway, I had to have an alias, nick, handle — whatever you want to call it, so I invented “crimulus.”

I’ve wanted a dashboard/portfolio site for quite some time, so now I finally have it.  When I bought the coffeecuphalfmoons.com site, I purchased crimulus.com, which now serves that very purpose.

I’ve got the very basic content I want up there for now — very crude, but a good start.  So, I hereby formally introduce http://www.crimulus.com.

Hopefully, over time, I’ll be able to let it evolve into a little summary about me — hopefully easily maintained.  Enjoy, if you’re into me that much !  😉

 

Posted by on February 1, 2009 in Personal

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