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Although this is technically a blog, the content is not generally in a time-based sequence. You can find interesting items throughout. Down the page some is an alphabetical word cloud of keywords used here. A great way to dig in is to look through those topics and click anything you find interesting. You'll see all the relevant content.

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Malware Followup

Follow up to this post from yesterday...


I received an email a bit before 6:00 PM yesterday from Google as follows.

Hello AdWords Advertiser,

Great news! We've re-reviewed your site and determined that the following site complies with our Advertising Policies:

Customer ID: 111-222-3333
Display URL: elgintime.com

If any of your ads for this site have been disapproved for violations of our Advertising Policies, you can just re-save your ads to automatically submit them for approval. Here's how to edit and resubmit ads for approval

At this time, my websites no longer cause the big scary danger message to pop up, and www.awci.com likewise.   There was never anything wrong with either site, but my traffic dropped to a trickle yesterday.  I also received one email informing me that my site wasn't working.  It was working of course, but the warning message is enough to cause people to believe otherwise.

The entire incident lasted about 15 hours.
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