When I discovered the terrible news yesterday that Google had disabled my Google adsense account and taken away my beloved Google ads, I felt a crushing sense of disappointment that I would no longer be able to offer my beloved loyal readers so wonderful an array of shopping opportunities.
Google, in its wisdom, has found Carlo Sands in violation of its so-called terms of agreement.
It doesn’t explain. These giant corporations never do.
It merely accuses my blog of generating “invalid clicks” — clicks on the ads done not with the intention of genuinely checking out the products on offer, but merely to generate cash for the blogger.
I mean, as if! As if the glory of my google ads was not the reason for their runaway success! Why would my loyal readers not be attracted to the ads?
Oh, the offers! A common one was “Alcohol treatment”. Who does not wish to be treated with alcohol?
But there was so much more. Let me quote from the ultimate source: myself.
In a recent Letter to a reader on the crucial question of google ads, I pointed out what was on offer:
...from "Beer" to "Spirits" to "Alcohol" to... all sorts of things.
Sometimes they go all left field and the ads will offer a range of seemingly random things, such as a series of NGO jobs: "Teach English", "NGO jobs", "NGO jobs in Kenya", "NGO jobs in Bangladesh".
There is always choice on offer, such as the time the two google ads on offer where "Humanitarian aid" and "Un humanitarian aid".
Choice is what this blog is all about and I am proud to provide ads that allow people to decide for themselves whether to help or hinder the less fortunate.
My personal favourite, though, was one automatically generated by my last post about Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, which offered "Pirate Treasure Chests". I really think you cannot ask for more than this.
And yet Google would have us believe that some of the clicks on such wonders were “invalid”!
Well, what a joke!
I actually think my ads were the victims of their own success. So enticing with their offers of “Alcohol treatment” and “Un humanitarian aid” that the clicks seemed illegitimate.
Now, my mass fan base are of course my first concern in this matter, but I should like to point out that Carlo Sands has suffered too.
Google disabled my account owing me 92 bucks! The fucking god damn thieves. Google says it has given that cash “back” to the advertisers in question!
Well, Google, you fucking owe me $92 and I here by declare before the entire world that Carlo Sands shall get it. I shall, in the first instance, use your appeal processes and point out the fundamentally injustice that has been committed.
I mean what utter scum. Never trust a corporation, that is the lesson I’ve learned the hard way, though I guess I could have just learned it from Joss Whedon or the entire rest of humanity that happen not to be a major share holder and/or executive board member of the top 200 corporations that own this fucking planet.
Google... it starts wars in Central America and it steals your fuckin ads...
It hurts, it really does. I loved those ads. They were my reason to keep on going, knowing I could offer them to my legion of fans, knowing it was a way Carlo Sands could give something back.
Seriously Google, why didn't you just steal my heart too when you nicked my ads, coz what use is a heart so badly broken?
Google has as its unofficial motto: “Don’t be evil.”
I fucking kid you not. It is on Wikipedia and everything.
The fucking irony...
So, I would like to try and make it up to my fans with a very special offer. A free live album from God himself, recorded in Amsterdam in 2004.
This offer of free Tom Waits really is the least Carlo Sands can do.
So, check out this site: http://bootlegsfrombucklberry.blogspot.com/2009/05/tom-waits-amsterdam-2004.html.
Follow the easy to assembly instructions and you'll have yourself a few album — but be quick, the offer is going to run out sooner or later.
There you go, loyal fans. An *entire* album worth of live Tom Waits songs. Some 22 songs all up. Includes many favourites from his then just released brilliant album Real Gone.
So... I can't offer Google ads, at least until my appeal is accepted or Google somehow sees the error of its ways... but I can offer you free music from the Greatest Fucking Singer-Song Writer In The Entire Fucking World Ever.
Now, while we are on the topic of FUCKING Google, below is the delightful Manic Street Preachers with the closing track from their latest album Postcards from a Young Man. A song written about Google, entitled “Don’t be Evil (Just be Corporate)”.
(I am off to see the Manics in just a couple of hours, I mean I don’t like to boast, but I fucking am...)
“The sickos and the bullies praise your name. You've enriched their lives with pleasure and fame. As a corporate as the suits you won't wear, as stupid as the jeans you tear, as evil as the pretense you care, God save us all from Satan's stare... Don't be evil, just be corporate. Fool the world with all your own importance...” The Manic Street Preachers give Google a well deserved kicking. Did I mention I’ll be seeing them in a couple of hours?