I am a newbie, of course, but I have to ask about something that seems painfully obvious. I'm sure I'm not understanding something correctly. Many posts refer to mysterious Google banning. It would seem that google would be able to easily correlate a users ip address with their google searches on various topics and keywords google would consider to be associated with what they consider bad activities. It would seem natural that they store, somewhere in there, all the google searches a user makes. Or perhaps start storing them once, say, someone searches on 'blogslammer' and other terms. It would be easy for them to match that to ip addresses for originators of, say, adsense accounts. Now, the answer would be to use proxies, but (1) I wonder if newbies would think to use a proxy for setting up adsense accounts, but if they do (2) since most use proxies that are used by many (a) id you use one proxy google would identify eventually that ip as a proxy and (b) if you use rotating proxies google would recognize that. I mean, there are probably a billion ways google can spot behavior. Tell where I'm off or help elaborate the thinking here... I'm deciding my path and it seems that, as I can write and research and graphic design well, that white hat may be actually the best option to me. Which is not to imply that bhers are not able to do those things (for instance, they may simply enjoy bhing) but for myself that may be my preference.