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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Google Disabled my AdSense Account!

Google disabled my AdSense account. They claim "invalid click activity".

My ad clickthrough rate was only 0.72% in February. That didn't seem suspiciously high.

I filled out the "appeal form", but I'm not expecting much. They have some script that automatically disables "suspicious" accounts. I doubt a human will even bother reviewing it.

I don't think it was for publishing my statistics. Other people have done the same thing.

Oh well. "**** Google!" That's the end of my AdSense experiment.

Google gets to keep the $85 I allegedly already earned. I can't even log into the account and look at my statistics.

A lot of people are angry at Google for disabling their AdSense accounts.

Theoretically, you can get anyone's AdSense account disabled by going through and clicking on all the ads. It seems like that's what Google is saying.

I guess that's some schadenfreude for Dixieflatline. Dixieflatline was trying to get me to use text-link-ads instead of AdSense. I'm going to go set up a text-link-ads account now.

That also makes me eager to make my blog non-Google-dependent. If Google seizes my Blogger account, I'm SOL. If I'm paying $20/month for hosting, then at least I can recover my account if it gets hacked.

I don't have time to remove the AdSense empty rectangles now. I'll do that later.

What other alternatives to AdSense are there?

15 comments:

fritz said...

I Never clicked a single add FSK. But thank you for keeping us abreast of the Adsense experiment , It was interesting.

Fritz

Anonymous said...

FSK,

I think yahoo has ads as well. Do some googling and you'll find a couple more. Steve Pavlina used to publish his stats on income I think from google. Having the same person clicking on your ads can shut you down. Google monitors I.P. or some shit and this has happened to many innocent people.

One of your readers has probably been clicking on your ads to cause this to happen.

Anonymous said...

http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/affiliatemarketing/tp/online-advertising-networks.htm

Anonymous said...

FSK,

did this happen right before you hit $100 bucks? will you get paid at all?

citizen stefish said...

someone mentioned the other day that you could get in trouble for talking about it. is it possible a troll reported you just to mess with your experiment? seems possible.

for the record, i clicked on one, because i was interested in it.

Kiba said...

Try ProjectWonderful.com.

The income is pretty steady except for really unpopular site. You might not get much but the payout rate is much lower.

You need to only make 10 bucks then you can withdraw it and put it into your paypal account.

Anonymous said...

There are certain things you can discuss and certain things you can't. I am not sure- since I have never discussed mine at all the distinctions don't matter to me.

I would say that just discussing it at all on the blog you are using it on might in some way encourage illegitimate clicks. At least that's a thought. It seems most people who are shutdown are those who talk a lot about it. People who make money online don't normally discuss their money making and stats, unless it's on a separate blog. At least that's my experience in 5+ years of affiliate marketing and blogging.

I have 2 adsense accounts and one is over 5 years old. Never had any problems.

I have tried things like TLA and Adbrite- never worked for me. I don't know what the current deal is but I believe TLA was getting sites penalized when I was looking into it. I use adbrite for my adult sites ( adsense banned).

Other ways to make money? Private Ads and "Joint Ventures" seem to be popular with bigger bloggers who can swing it. I am mostly an affiliate marketer. So I mostly use affiliates of specific products or services that fit my site. Adsense is a small piece of the pie.

The issue is when you have a site like yours that doesn't really fit in with any particular product. Maybe you can create one? In your case adsense probably WAS the thing that made the most sense- since this blgo is more about spreading ideas and using ads to offset the costs and invest in domain/host. If you had "FSKs Guide to Widgets" you could have affiliate ads from widget dealers, amazon ads, ebay ads,adsense, private ads,etc. I have sites that make money with 2-3 visitors a day- because they are niche sites made to make money.

I also have more "social" sites, and they make around nothing. My most popular site makes less money than all my others. Because it is banned by Adsense but not porn and has no relevant products.

Josh said...

Yes, sadly, you cannot stop a spammer from destroying your account without you noticing. This is particularly easy for low traffic sites, shit happens.

Google can find any excuse to close your account, same with PayPal, they can afford to piss thousands of people off as they're essentially the monopoly.

Anonymous said...

Griz's february income report. This dude reports his income regularly and it's a lot of money each month...

http://makemoneyforbeginners.blogspot.com/

mike said...

My adsense account has been disabled too. I dont have any idea why I get kick out. The sad part is I cant get the money in my account.

Anonymous said...

It’s simple: Google has $100 threshold for making payments. As soon as your balance is getting closer to that threshold they disable your account to keep money that they collected from AdWords customers.

In other words, they get money from AdWords customers, and they suppose to share this money with their AdSense users, but they prefer not to share.

Otherwise… What happens with money collected by AdSense accounts, which were disabled? Do they return this money back to their AdWords customers? - I don’t think so! As a AdWords user I can confirm, that I never get refunds for my ads payments, though big number of those AdSence accounts, which displayed my ads, have been disabled.

Anonymous said...

It’s simple: Google has $100 threshold for making payments. As soon as your balance is getting closer to that threshold they disable your account to keep money that they collected from AdWords customers.

In other words, they get money from AdWords customers, and they suppose to share this money with their AdSense users, but they prefer not to share.

Otherwise… What happens with money collected by AdSense accounts, which were disabled? Do they return this money back to their AdWords customers? - I don’t think so! As a AdWords user I can confirm, that I never get refunds for my ads payments, though big number of those AdSence accounts, which displayed my ads, have been disabled.

iEz and mr.Tipso said...

FSK, today my adsense also has been blocked, am so piss off.. i didn't click to my own ads.. but what i know is, i'm using 1 IP for 20s pc. actually am on9 using Cyber Cafe net.. any futher action to take? i've lost my 2 years earn. damn!!

FSK said...

You are SOL.

I read story about a guy who sued Google for unpaid AdSense earnings in small claims court. He won. However, he couldn't get Google to reinstate his AdSense account.

AdBrite is decent. I'm getting an eCPM rate of around $0.50. I was getting $2-$3 via AdSense, but my actual earnings were zero.

The problem is that Google has a near-monopoly market position in online advertising. Your earnings will be less elsewhere.

If you Google around, you'll see plenty of stories about people getting their AdSense account disabled. It seems that Google waits until you get close to $100, the minimum payout threshold, before banning you.

It's your word against Google's regarding "But I didn't click on my own ads!" You're SOL.

AdSense seems like a PR disaster in the making for Google. They're unfairly banning people and alienating them.

Kattey Spares said...

Dear FSK,

My account is also disabled can you provide me any link to contact adsense

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