It’s been long, really long since I wrote a post. As usual, I had no drive to write this one too. But the recent success of the fakeiplplayer blog has definitely given me the much needed push to do SOMETHING. Good going mate.
This time I am planning on telling you a story that really happened with me. A story where Google actually cheated me of money, lots and lots of it :(. In case you have been regular-visitors (hopefully these are not completely fictional characters and there are atleast few jobless people who do key in my website address once in a while) of my blog, you would have noticed there was a brief period of time when i had a few ads on my blog. They came and they disappeared faster than they came. This is the story of what led to the appearance and disappearance of these "Google Ads"
Date: Early 2007
Location: Othlaa Cubicle, Bangalore
Time: Just after lunch
It was a regular day at office and everyone in my cubicle were trying to act as though we were working to our best possible extent. After acting for a long time, we did get tired and took a not so regular 3.00 PM pre-tea tea break. It was during this time that one of my fellow Othlaas came up with the idea of putting Ad's in the blog as a method of making money. We all discussed the possibilities and the amount of money that we could make. Mind you, we were really desperate for money given the measly amounts we work for in our company. And its quite obvious that all of us are excited at the slightest hint of money be it in rupees of in paise. With dreams of making money in our eyes and a full 4 hours to spend before we could actually go home, we decided to implement the idea right away.
Must praise Google for this, the method was quite simple and straight forward. I could use my Google id and set up and account and all we had to do is select the kind of ads that we wanted to place and just copy + paste(One thing we are awfully good at)the html code in our blog. All said and done, I had the Ad's in my blog in no time. According to Google, I would be getting a cheque once my balance reached 100$. So now all that I could do was "click and wait".
6 months later
I had requested every person I knew in my office, school, and college to click on the blog Ad's. I was rather disappointed by the amount of money that had accumulated in my account. It was a mere 32$ for a period of 6 months. I was happy however. It so happened at this time that a lot of my rich friends happened to fly to USA and all over the world to pursue their Masters. While chatting with one of them (Unmistakably during office hours), I asked him to click on the Ad's. To my amazement, I found that I was earning almost 1$ for every click. Encouraged by this, I asked him to click on the Ad's whenever possible. And to my luck, this friend started clicking so much that my balance shot up from 32 to 470$ within a fortnight. I am pretty sure that he was clicking away in his sleep too.
Now that I had crossed 100$, I was actually waiting for my cheque from Google. I used to check my mail everyday in anticipation of the money. One fine day, I did get a mail. But alas, fortune had different plans in mind. I found that it was a mail which stated that my account was disabled. It said that they suspected some foul play due to the sudden increase in traffic and hence had closed my account. The worst part was that, I would not get the 30$ that I had previously too. This was like rubbing salt on the wound. For a few days, I thought that I had outsmarted Google and had found a flaw in their system, but they proved that they are the best and have all flaws plugged tight. Hats off Guys !!!