You read the headline right. Google just disabled my AdSense account. I’m trying not to panic, but I’m absolutely baffled why this has happened.
Here’s a snippet from the email I just received from Google:
It has come to our attention that invalid clicks and/or impressions have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s). We have therefore disabled your Google AdSense account. Please understand that this was a necessary step to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.
Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected advertisers.
Account disabling is verified
For a minute, I thought that maybe this was some kind of hoax. Just to check, I tried logging into my AdSense account. Here is all that came up:
An AdSense account does not exist for this login, as it is associated with an unapproved application. For more information about your application, please review the message we sent to the email address you provided with your application.
I swear to you (and to Google) that I’ve never clicked my own ads, and I don’t encourage anyone else to do that either. I don’t have any automated clicking programs. I don’t falsely generate page views. What could I be doing wrong?
Perhaps Google saw the post I wrote about learning where your AdSense clicks came from. For a couple hours, that post disclosed my eCPM for one ad that displayed on a page. A friend advised that disclosing that info is against the Terms of Service, so I promptly edited the post.
Other than that, I don’t know what’s going on.
No more payments?!
I was thinking about ditching AdSense when I updated my blog design. Maybe this is an opportunity to do that. But I apparently can’t get the accrued money from my account.
From the second paragraph of Google’s email, it looks like I won’t be getting the ~$75 that I built up in my account. True, it doesn’t meet the $100 minimum for payments, but they’re saying I can’t earn enough to ever get paid that amount.
But ads still display
The weirdest thing is that ads were still displaying on the site. Isn’t that great?! “You can’t earn another dime from us, and we’re not paying you what you’ve already earned. But we’re still going to make money off your visitors.”
Since Google’s jerking me around, I’ve disabled all AdSense units for now.
You don’t think a future lawyer would just give up, do you? Of course not!
I’m appealing this crazy decision, via Google’s appellate mechanism. I don’t get to give oral arguments in front of a distinguished panel of judges. But I filled out a form, explaining that I’m a good little ad publisher.
In 24-48 hours, I should have a decision. Perhaps this ranting post is premature. But even if they re-enable my account, it’s good for other publishers to know what’s happened to me. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated.
[tags]adsense, google, publisher, disabled[/tags]
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