Chelsea Schilling, the intrepid journalist at WND that did the article on my Google ban, contacted Google about the “sandboxing” issue, and this is what they said:
Thanks for your inquiry. Atlas Shrugs was in violation of our terms of service. When we are made aware of a potential policy violation, our team of specialists will manually review the site to make sure it abides by our program policies. In this case we have stopped serving ads to Atlas Shrugs.
More information about our policies can be found here: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&topic=8423
Needless to say, I have no idea what kind of violation they are talking about’ NONE. They told me nothing.I asked Schilling if she could dig deeper and find out what violation.
I have written many times and met a wall of silence.
The good news – I am back on Google. Thanks World Net Daily.
UPDATE: But my google search box is still blacklisted. Try it (right sidebar) – search any term FORBIDDEN!
Reader D adds,
"And by the way, you should know that when one enters a search term in the box, and press ENTER -twice- then it finds the pages. This is because the first time it is from your site, so it gets blocked and a page from google’s site says forbidden. After that it’s the same URL, doing the same search on/through your site, but no longer from your site’s webpage, so it works (any number of times when not done from your site). You are still blacklisted, and by removing the search box you have removed some of the evidence that she was!!!!!
(it may be that this is a misinterpretation, but I doubt it. Google did claim that you violated their TOS, so I think you’re right that the search box failing is their work. Things went down simultaneously for you, due to actions at Google’s end)
users can still use the search if they press enter twice.. once and they get the error. then click Go and it will bring results. Because the second time they are doing it from Google’s page not your page.
it’s a technical measure google took against you, not a particularly intelligent one, but it is damaging and bad and you should keep the evidence up. That will also pressure them to put it right.
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