Google Adsense Warns On Comment Spam

By: Brian Turner - February 17, 2011

I was surprised this week to receive a notification from Google Adsense, claiming my account was in policy violation.

There was no personalised address, just “Hello,” which made me immediately think it was spam.

However, it was sent to an email address I only use for managing Adsense, and the email specifically referenced the URL of one of my websites (which uses a completely different email address).

It turned out the email from Google was genuine, and was warning that one of my older and less used forums was subject to comment spam relating to adult themes, which was a violation of Google Adsense policies.

I’ve now removed Adsense from that site and also cleared up the spam.

I figure I’m not the only webmaster who has mothballed a few websites because of the recession, aiming to return to them after the recession.

This forum was using the Google-owned reCaptcha protection against spam, but apparently reCaptcha was hacked at the start of the year – any vbulletin using this instead of the custom question feature would have been absolutely inundated with spam.

Anyway, if anyone receives anything similar to that below, it may well be worth your attention (though also ntoe the same message will show in your Adsense account message centre):


During a recent review of your account we found that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our program policies (


Please note that this URL is an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website or other sites in your network.


COMMENT SPAM: As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers may not display Google ads on pages with adult or mature content. While we understand that it may be challenging to monitor user-generated content, such as comments, on your site, we require publishers to check that the webpages containing their ad code complies with our program policies. More information about this policy can be found in our help center (

REQUESTED ACTION: Please make all necessary changes in the next 72 hours.

If the violations are corrected within the aforementioned time period, ad serving will not be affected. If changes are not made and/or other policy violations are encountered during the review process, ad serving will be disabled to your site.


Your AdSense account remains active. However, if we continue to find problems, we may disable your entire account. Therefore, we suggest that you take the time to review the rest of your network to ensure that all of your other pages are in compliance with our policies.

Issue ID# xxxxxxx

Thank you for your cooperation.


The Google AdSense Team
For more information regarding this email, please visit our Help Center:

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Brian TurnerI'm a SEO & business consultant in the UK, specialising in SME's and start-ups.

I run as a free resource for small business trying to get the best out of being online and offer internet management services from my main company, Britecorp.

In my spare time I'm an aspiring science fiction and fantasy writer, and currently live with my family in the Highlands of Scotland.

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  • Adsense Publisher

    It’s never wise to just leave it up to some Captcha to protect your site against Adsense policy violations. They can occur when somebody posts a link to a site or talks about subject matter that is of an adult or mature nature, or external links do not fall within Google’s landing page guidelines.

    Also there are bots that will display the image to some remote operator and that operator simply enters the captcha into the box, hits enter, and the bot posts it’s spam, and then when it needs the remote operator to enter the captcha again, it displays on that person’s screen, they enter it, and the bot gets to spam again. I suggest people always review visitor created content at the minimum every few days so you can remove all the bad posts and spam. The more sites you have or less time you have to devote to policing your own site, the more at risk you could be of loosing your Adsense account if you are an Adsense publisher. Also the more spam you have, the less the search engines will like your site overall. So even if you’re not an Adsense publisher, it still can affect you.

  • Guest

    They should wander over to knol sometime and have a look at the comment spam there

  • Ahsan

    your issue is really wired. never heard anyone else saying received warning for comment spam.

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