Now that was different!
So many self-help gurus try to promote overpowering through to your goals with optimism, hard work, and commitment. Yet they forget the REALITY. You are onto something!
I started using Google Adwords and Adsense in 2006. I ran across too many of those link farms that were specifically designed as click-bait. I’m glad you guys got shut down. BTW, my website was not click-bait, but it did not generate much money either. I came to the conclusion that the revenue from Adsense was not worth the loss of credibility of having advertising on my website.