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Holy Hannah! – AdSense Disabled My Account!!



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.
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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.

Why?!

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.

I’m appealing

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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21 Responses to “Holy Hannah! – AdSense Disabled My Account!!”

  1. Owen Cutajar
    April 13th, 2007

    Hmm .. I think Amazon was planning on starting a contectual ad scheme. Might be worth looking into if Adsense comes back with a negative answer

  2. Andrew Flusche
    April 13th, 2007

    Hi Owen,

    Thanks for the pointer about the Amazon ads. I might give that a look if AdSense does not come through on appeal. We will just have to see.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    PS: Please let me know if you get this. My new comment plugin should automatically email you with my reply. :)

  3. Editor of TopLawStudent.com
    April 14th, 2007

    Sorry to hear the bad news. You may want to try out Yahoo’s ads: http://publisher.yahoo.com/sel.....=USYPN0005. I haven’t used Yahoo’s ads, but I’ve read on blogs that 1) they are less relevant to the text than Adsense, but 2) they pay more.

    Please let us know what happens with Adsense.

  4. Andrew Flusche
    April 14th, 2007

    Thanks for the Yahoo suggestion. That’s definitely something I’m thinking about. I might give Yahoo a spin, if Google doesn’t re-enable my account.

    I’ll definitely update the blog as the AdSense drama unfolds. Google said it might take 48 hours to reply to my appeal. But I doubt that considers weekends. Hopefully I’ll know something by Monday or Tuesday.

    Take care!

  5. Nick Kasoff
    April 14th, 2007

    Good luck with your appeal … hopefully Google is more honest than Paypal. Several years back, I set up a client with Paypal to accept payments for their business, and was entitled to a $100 referral bonus. When it didn’t come through, I contacted them. Their response was, your referral person didn’t use the right code to sign up, so you are not entitled. But I know for a fact they did – they signed up with the link I provided, which has an embedded referral code. They know that for most people, $100 isn’t worth exerting much effort over, so they stonewall and screw you. Meanwhile, they’ve made thousands in fees from the client I referred. Jerks.

    Nick Kasoff
    The Thug Report

  6. Andrew Flusche
    April 14th, 2007

    Nick,

    Your PayPal problem sounds pretty sticky. The really bad part of these situations is that the customer doesn’t have solid proof that the client used the referral. I don’t doubt you, but you couldn’t really PROVE it to PayPal. That stinks.

    Thanks for commenting!

  7. InvestorBlogger
    April 14th, 2007

    That’s the second time in a few days, I’ve heard of a well known blog having adsense disabled. It’s true that you should appeal, I had a notification from them a while back to which I responded that I had removed the offending ads. Since then I keep them uptodate about issues on clicks.

    Try reading kumiko suzuki’s blog on blogspot. She suffered the same fate, just this week, too. I’m guessing that Google is facing click fraud on an even bigger scale than they care to admit, but they’re punishing the WRONG people. Eventually, if they punish too many innocent people, confidence in the system will just fade away.

  8. Andrew Flusche
    April 14th, 2007

    Hi Kenneth,

    I’m glad to hear that some appeals actually result in a positive outcome. At least you were allowed to continue publishing ads.

    Ironically, I saw Kumiko’s post the day before I got banned. At the time, I thought that she must’ve knowingly done something wrong. Now I definitely know people can get unjustly banned by Google.

    Thanks for commenting,
    Andrew

  9. [...] In fact over the last week, I’ve seen two bloggers (Kumiko’s Make Money Online Blog and LegalAndrew’s Blog) lose their Adsense accounts, and neither of the blogs seems particularly the kind of fraudulent [...]

  10. Maki :: Dosh Dosh
    April 15th, 2007

    Google does this rather frequently to small webmasters but a well-written email explaining your position or a call to their Support team might help.

    Some publishers have used Adlogger.org to monitor and prevent against click fraud and some of them have had some success with it.

    Perhaps you could try using that, if you do ever get your account back. Or you could just switch to YPN.. :)

  11. Andrew Flusche
    April 16th, 2007

    Maki,

    Thanks a ton for pointing out AdLogger. I haven’t heard of it before, but it looks like a powerful statistics program. If I get back into AdSense, I’m definitely going to try it out. I’d love to have actual data to show Google, to explain or rebut the “click fraud” assertion. Right now, I can’t even see the statistics in my AdSense account to see if there was some unusual number of clicks on a certain day. I’m cut off from everything, which is really frustrating.

    I appreciate your help,
    Andrew

  12. Brandon Hopkins
    April 16th, 2007

    No news today?

  13. Kumiko
    April 16th, 2007

    Welcome to my world!!! I know how you feel. The good news is that you’re probably better off without them. Instead of the ads sending your readers to some crappy e-book site, they’ll stick around on your site – which is crucial for growing sites. If you need the cash, there are a lot of more suitable opportunities out there. But nothing is as easy as Adsense!

    Kumiko
    xo

  14. Andrew Flusche
    April 16th, 2007

    Brandon (et. al),

    Actually, I just got an automated email from Google, saying that they’re “reviewing” my account, in light of the appeal information I sent in.

    It’s taken 48 hours (not including the weekend) to get this far. I wonder how long it will take to actually get a decision on my appeal. Some Supreme Court cases get decided quicker! (OK, only a rare one, but they happen)

  15. Andrew Flusche
    April 16th, 2007

    Hi Kukimo,

    I feel like your kindred spirit now, even though you’re on the other side of the world. :)

    I’m seriously debating whether I want to continue publishing AdSense or not, even if my account is re-enabled. You hit the nail on the head: “nothing is as easy as AdSense.” It feels like throwing away money not to use AdSense (or at least Yahoo Ads).

    We’ll see what the future brings…for both of us!

    Take care,
    Andrew

  16. [...] get free email updates.Thanks for visiting!I received one of the worst emails a blogger can get: Google AdSense Account Disabled. To my horror, I opened this email to see that Google was accusing me of click fraud. My account [...]

  17. kimj
    April 19th, 2007

    well

    same mail came to my site well, i am appaealing but i think it is an issue after the “Double clcik ” acquistion by *g , all people are getting banned mostly small publisher lolz.all story summary , my pin came, i enetered pin , got relax , pc off and next morning bla bla

    lets see what happens

  18. Andrew Flusche
    April 19th, 2007

    kimj,

    Sorry to hear that you got banned as well. Best of luck in getting reinstated!

  19. Angad Sule
    September 15th, 2007

    Hy even i got banned…
    so andrew..wat happen did they give u ur account back..
    was ur account enabled

  20. Andrew Flusche
    September 15th, 2007

    Hi Angad – Yep, I was lucky enough to get reinstated. Here’s how to get back into AdSense. At least, that’s how it worked for me.

    Good luck!
    Andrew

  21. Ashok
    April 6th, 2009

    I didnt do anything wrong. I was just trying to register for BIDVERTISER into my same blog where i was running adsense for so many yrs. Suddenly i got an email ” Since keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our advertisers in the future, we’ve decided to disable your account.”

    I really didnt expect when i try to register Bidvertiser this cruel thing will happen. Never know that before. Infact i should get some verification code or something into my email to register in Bidvertiser. I was waiting and refreshing my inbox for the code but the email from adsense team throwed me off.

    I feel that pain in you.

    Ashok

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