Years ago I used to believe you could learn almost anything from a book. I bought a used Carter AFB carburetor … bigger than the whole engine in many cars of today … and guaranteed to make any old wreck “go fast” … or so I had read. Well I installed the marvelous Carter and, of course it leaked from half a dozen places … maybe that’s why the guy I bought it from sold in so cheap, ya think?
No problem, though. I bought a rebuild kit and an official Carter overhaul manual from West Hudson Auto Parts (the very same building, by the way, that serves as Satrielle’s Pork Store, the headquarters of the Tony Soprano crew on TV) … gives you a little idea of what my neighborhood was like. I had never had one of those carbs apart before, but how difficult could it be with the factory manual in front of me?
After getting all the pieces apart and soaking them in a tub of Carter-approved carb cleaner I laid them all out carefully on a clean cloth and turned the page in the manual to the reassembly section. Know what it said? “Follow the disassembly steps in reverse sense and order.” That was it. Sum total. Kinda would have been nice had I known beforehand to make note of exactly how each little spring, linkage and screw had come apart before I was sitting in front of a pile of solvent-smelling parts … but life is like that.
The Internet is kind of like that carburetor at times. Most of us have been following Tyler in his current affiliate sales journey, a large part of which is learning to effectively use Google AdWords. Many of us also have Google AdSense accounts. I’ve been an AdSense publisher for more than two years now … small-time to be sure … but the monthly direct deposits are nice, no matter what their size. Some time ago I started an AdWords account also, thinking I would dabble with Google arbitrage … buying Google AdWords to send people to sites loaded with Google AdSense. never really kicked it off, but the AdWords account sat there in the whole pile of services Google has with my name on it … GMail, iGoogle, Google Reader, etc. All of them are in the name of my GMail account, except my AdSense which I used a non-Google email for years ago when I opened it.
Logged into AdSense a week ago and got a message that said, “Resistance is futile, change your login email to a Google Account.” OK, fine, they sign the checks so I followed all the on-screen steps to link my GMail account to AdSense and “bang” … up comes the error message, “Sorry, someone is already using that account.” Uhhh, yeah, someone is using that account, me. After 4 days and several emails in each direction, here’s the official
Carter carburetor Google explanation. “If you had started your AdSense account with your GMail log-in then you could start an AdWords account with the same log-in, no problem. But since you opened the AdWords account with GMail first, you now can’t use GMail to log into AdSense. You should have done it in the reverse order.”
So, after days wasted here I am, a GMail user who can’t use GMail to access the rest of the
Borg’s Google’s services. I have no idea why Google wants to play games like this but I can give you tip … if you are thinking about using AdSense and AdWords … make darn sure you open the AdSense account first … another silly thing I did so you guys don’t have to.