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Abusing the ad network

We want ads to be useful, varied, relevant and safe for users when serving them across the Google Network. As a result, we don't allow any of the following:
  • malicious ads, sites or apps
  • ads promoting sites or apps that offer little unique value to users and are focused primarily on traffic generation
  • businesses that attempt to gain an unfair advantage in the ad auction
  • businesses that attempt to bypass our review processes

All of our policies are crafted to protect a high-quality user experience, and we've built enforcement systems and processes to prevent ads that fall below these standards from serving. We take any attempts to trick or circumvent our ad review processes very seriously, so play fair.

Below are some examples of what to avoid in your ads. Learn about what happens if you violate our policies.

If you think your ad was incorrectly disapproved, you can request a review with the Disapproved ads and policy questions form.

Malicious or unwanted software

These requirements apply to software that your site or app either hosts or links to, regardless of whether the software is promoted through the Google advertising network. The following is not allowed:

Malicious software or "malware" that may harm or gain unauthorised access to a computer, device or network

Examples: Computer viruses, ransomware, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, keyloggers, diallers, spyware, rogue security software and other malicious programs or apps

See our requirements around malware

Promotions that violate Google's Unwanted Software policy

Examples: Failure to be transparent about the functionality that the software provides or the full implications of installing the software, failing to include Terms of Service or an End User Licence Agreement, bundling software or applications without the user's knowledge, making system changes without the user's consent, making it difficult for users to disable or uninstall the software, failing to properly use publicly available Google APIs when interacting with Google services or products

See Google's Unwanted Software policy

Websites and apps must comply with Google's Unwanted Software policy. If Google detects unwanted software hosted on or linked to from your site or app, we may disapprove related advertising until the problem is fixed. Similarly, if your promotion isn't absolutely clear about the behaviour or functionality of the software, we may disapprove your ads or suspend your site or app from advertising.

If your site or app is suspended, all ads pointing to it will stop running. To avoid suspension, you should make sure that your entire site or app is clean of unwanted software and links that lead to unwanted software, even if you aren't directly promoting that unwanted software in your ads. If your site or app is suspended for unwanted software, see additional information and resources about binary malware and unwanted software.

See our instructions for removing malware. Once we confirm that all malware has been removed, we can approve your ad.

Insufficient original content

The following is not allowed:

Content that is designed for the primary purpose of showing ads

Examples: Driving traffic (whether through "arbitrage" or otherwise) to destinations with more ads than original content, little or no original content or excessive advertising

Content that is replicated from another source without adding value in the form of original content or additional functionality

Examples: Mirroring, framing or scraping content from another source

Landing pages that are solely designed to send users elsewhere

Examples: Bridge, doorway, gateway or other intermediate pages

Troubleshooter: Insufficient original content
  1. Read the policy above to learn about the behaviour that we don't allow. Check your website or app to see where you can replace low-value content with rich original content.
    • Examples of low-value content that we don't allow:
      • Websites or apps with excessive advertising
      • Websites or apps that scrape content from other sources
      • Templated websites or pre-generated websites that provide duplicate content to users
      • Websites or apps with deceptive navigation, that never deliver the promised service or product, or that prevent a user from doing anything other than clicking an ad
      • Websites or apps with ads that are indistinguishable from the rest of the content
      • App download promotions that direct users to a destination where the app can't actually be downloaded and that lack any other original content or functionality
      • Landing pages that are solely designed to send users elsewhere
      • Landing pages that copy the content of other websites or apps
    • Examples of changes you might make to your landing page:
      • Add more original content or functionality to your site. Focus on providing the user with useful, unique and original content immediately.
      • Don't use a landing page that has excessive advertising or is otherwise designed primarily to show ads. The main focus of your website or app shouldn't be ads, regardless of how relevant the ads are to your ad text.
      • Reduce the number of ads or space taken up by ads.
      • Remove all HTML framesets that copy content from domains other than the ad landing page domain.
      • Create unique, original content, such as original logos, business names and images on each domain that you own.
      • If your site or app has search functionality, make sure that the search results aren't just copied from other sites or apps.
  2. Change your ad's landing page. To run your ad, you can either fix your landing page to make it comply, or you can choose to change your Destination URL to point to another part of your website or app that does comply with our policy. If you made changes to comply with our policy, use this link to let us know:


    We'll review your site, usually within 3 working days, though some can take longer if they need a more complex review. If we find that your site meets all of our policy requirements, we can approve it so that your ads can start running.

    If you want to use a different landing page instead, just edit your ad's final URL.
If you aren't able to fix these violations or choose not to, please remove your ad to help prevent your account from becoming suspended in the future for having too many disapproved ads.

Unfair advantage

The following is not allowed:

Using the Google Network to gain an unfair traffic advantage over other participants in the auction

Examples: Affiliates that advertise on AdWords against the applicable affiliate programme rules, promoting the same or similar content from multiple accounts on the same or similar queries, trying to show more than one ad at a time for your business, app or site

Note: Keywords should fit the target audience’s likely intent when searching, and each website or app that you promote should offer distinct value to users.

Learn how to fix a disapproved ad or extension. If your ad was disapproved because of the ad's destination, learn how to fix a suspended site or app.

Circumventing systems

The following is not allowed:

Engaging in practices that attempt to circumvent or interfere with Google's advertising systems and processes

Examples: Cloaking; using dynamic DNS to switch page or ad content; manipulating ad text or site content in order to bypass our automated system checks; restricting access to so many of your landing pages that it makes it difficult to meaningfully review your ad, site, or account

Troubleshooter: Circumventing systems

We take this violation very seriously and consider it to be an egregious violation of our policies. Advertisers, apps or sites that are found to be gaming the Google Network will be suspended and won't be allowed to advertise with us again.

If this is an error and you have not actually violated our policy, we want to get your account running again as quickly as possible. Please submit an appeal and explain why you believe we've made an error. Because this policy violation is so serious, we only reinstate accounts in compelling circumstances, such as when we've made a mistake. So it's important that you take the time to be thorough, accurate and honest.

Webmaster Guidelines

The following is not allowed:

Engaging in practices that violate the Google Webmaster Guidelines

Examples: Keyword stuffing, cloaking, sneaky redirects, doorway pages, spamming social network sites

Learn how to fix a suspended site.

Need help?

If you have questions about this policy, let us know:
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