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Use Adsense Whitelist or Get Banned!

No, this is not the latest rule for Adsense™ publishers! However, the way the Adsense management works, it is better to use the whitelist than be penalized later on for the actions of someone else!

It is possible that you have a competitor, an old enemy or your ex who would do anything to put you down, and chances are that they are already well-acquainted with Adsense TOS-especially how to use it to shut down another person's account! :)

So what do they do? They just copy your Adsense ad code from your website and paste it on to theirs-which happens to be, say, a porn or gambling site. Needless to say, this goes against Adsense TOS and your account would be shut down as soon as the Adsense team discovers it, irrespective of whether or not the site belongs to you!

Don't believe me? See what happened to Digitalpoint forums!

That DP got banned from Adsense is now old news. The good news is that – no, not the fact that their Adsense account was reinstated shortly after- the good news is that they have learned their lesson and built their own advertising platform –a system over which they have full control, unlike Adsense! ;)

Apparently, at the time of ban they WERE using the Adsense whitelist, and even though they were assured by a Google™ representative that their account is safe as long as the gambling site displaying their Adsense ads is not in their whitelist, they got banned anyway (probably because they had started using the whitelist only recently)! What later followed is quite typical of Google-Google realized their mistake in banning a publisher as large as DP, so a formal "apology" was sent which was followed by account restoration!

I included this part to let you know that Adsense can ban you in spite of using the whitelist. So does that mean that the whitelist is useless? No. It is just a preventive measure, quite similar to locking your door with a lock. Just as you cannot guarantee the safety of your house just by locking your doors, you also should not believe that "Now that I am using the Adsense whitelist, I am protected from all harm!" :D

At the very least, the whitelist offers you a "sense of security"-as is the case with most security solutions out there-and this feeling alone is what ultimately offers you the much-needed mental peace and the urge to drive forward to new ventures! We all like to feel safe, we all like to believe that we are not being spied upon, even if such beliefs may not be true!

Setting up the Adsense whitelist is really easy. You just need to login to your  Adsense account, click on "Adsense setup", then click on "Allowed Sites".

Here is the direct URL which should take you there:

There, under "Choose your site settings" choose the "Only allow certain sites to show ads for my account" option. Then enter a list of all the domain or subdomain URLs which should show your Adsense ads. Be careful when using the whitelist: you must enter all the domains/subdomains where you want your Adsense ads to show, because the sites that are not in the whitelist won't earn you any cash, even though they would be able to display the ads just fine. You should also update the list periodically, so that your new Adsense sites are also whitelisted!

It is a good thing if all the sites present in the whitelist belong to you. If you also whitelist sites such as Hubpages, Blogger, etc., other users of these services would also be able to display your ads; thus, the whitelist won’t be able to offer you the kind of protection you want!

I feel that the whitelist option is not for everyone, especially for those who have ads displaying on sites they don’t own, but for the rest, it is a good tool to use!

Every week Adsense would show you a list of sites that have displayed your ads in spite of not being included in the whitelist. So far I have only gotten false positives: that is, a couple of subdomains-both belonging to Google-showing my ads! :D But I will see how it goes. ;)

One extra free advice from the Nuttie Guru: if you want to b*tch about Adsense, make sure there are no Adsense ads or search box on your site, or you may get nuked for b*tching! :D ;)

All WordPress Themes Must Be Distributed Under GPL

Whether you are a theme developer or a vendor who makes money by selling paid themes, you must distribute your themes under GPL only! As WordPress themes are derivatives of WordPress, and as WordPress itself is GPL, the themes cannot be released under a proprietary license.

Of course, the above rule applies mainly to the core theme files, that is, the .php files which make the theme run. If you want to, you can license the other components of the theme, such as the JavaScript files, images, style sheets, etc., under a proprietary license! More information here!

An exception to this rule is - if you develop a custom theme for a client, it does NOT fall under the category of "distribution", unless your client chooses to distribute it, in which case he would need to distribute it under the GPL license!

One of the misconceptions about GPL is that anything released under GPL must be free! This is simply not true! Just as there are commercial opensource softwares, you can release your WordPress theme under a GPL license and still charge for it if you like; in fact, there are already a number of theme developers releasing premium themes under GPL!

From GNU website:

"When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price. Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for them if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it in new free programs, and that you know you can do these things."

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Finally, Paypal Refunds Become Expensive!

Now Paypal™ charges you a fee even for refunds. :)

"Amendment to the PayPal User Agreement

Refund Fee. Section 8.5 (Additional Fees) is amended to add a new refund fee. If you refund a Purchase Payment, we will retain the Fixed Fee portion of the Purchase Payment Fee. The buyer’s Account will be credited with the full Purchase Payment amount and the Fixed Fee portion of the Purchase Payment Fee will be deducted from your Account in addition to the amount of the refunded payment. The Fixed Fee will depend on the currency of the Purchase Payment and is listed in 8.4(c).

Fees: The following fee for Refunds will be added:
Refund *

After August 10, 2010, the Fixed Fee portion of the Transaction Fee will be deducted from your Account at the time of the refund, in addition to full payment amount that is refunded to the buyer. Fixed fee portion of the original Transaction Fee.

(The Fixed Fee will depend on the currency of the payment, so if the payment was made in USD then the refund fee is $0.30.)

* Excludes Direct Payments and Virtual Terminal Payments where an American Express Card is used."

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Finally Paypal has put itself at par with third-party payment services such as 2checkout, Plimus, etc., that have always charged a fee to the vendor even for refunds. Think this would make the "other" payment services happier! :D (kidding). I don’t know about Clickbank's policy in this regard though; I have done way too little business with them as a vendor to know for sure! :)

I read on a (private) forum that one Paypal rep claimed that their fees are still "very competitive" compared to the "industry standards", and that is probably true. Seriously, these "refund fees" are not going to break the backs of established marketers, but newbies would certainly feel the punch! Personally I have way too few refunds to even bother about this! :D

Anyway you are free to rant, vent and moan on my blog about it if you like. Maybe, just "maybe", Paypal would change their policies after noticing the "public outcry", who knows (wishful thinking)! ;-) Just click here to vent away! :D

Preaching you at this point would be just too much, but I would tell you this: one of the reasons why I stopped selling information products/ebooks years ago is because of their relatively high refund ratio compared to other types of products. This is just my personal experience and that too only in the internet marketing niche (in other niches the refund rate for ebooks are relatively low, except perhaps the self-help niche) and I am in no way asking anyone to stop writing and selling ebooks. I believe that after books, ebooks are probably the best way to pass on information to another person. Sure, multimedia is there, but if I am given a choice between ebooks and multimedia, I would choose the ebooks.