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Still Banned from Google AdSense – 3 Years Later

January 18th, 2008 posted by · 10 Comments

Google AdSenseAugust 19, 2005 – The day Google stole my soul and cut off my AdSense revenue stream. I remember that day perfectly… a Friday, the sun was shining, it was extremely hot outside and I was sweating profusely from just moving around furniture. I cracked open a bottle of chilled H2O and walked over to my computer to check my e-mail. Among messages I find the following…

Google E-mail

Mama mia! What could I have done? What happened here?! I was bitch slapped by Google so hard into oblivion, people had to wait until next Wednesday just to make an appointment with me. I immediately sent them a response claiming I didn’t click on any of my ads and asking for an explanation. Google doesn’t care who you are… they’ll stomp all over you and will not work with you to solve any issue. Here was their reply.

Hello Chris,

Thank you for your email regarding the action taken on your account.

As you know, Google treats instances of invalid click activity very seriously. By disabling your account according to our policy on this matter, we feel that we have taken the necessary measures to protect our advertisers and to ensure that invalid clicks will not continue to occur on your site.

After days of thinking what could have gone so horribly wrong for them to give me the boot, I came up with it. At the time, my computer was used by multiple people in my household. I was running AdSense on one of my business sites and had just launched a new design. I left it up on the screen and told my family to come check it out. I let them browse the newly jazzed up site and read it. That was it. Two days later is when I get this awful e-mail from the Big G. I put two and two together and figured that my family must have not known not to click on my AdSense ads. It’s understandable though – I had the ads blended so well into the rest of the design, it made Bob Villa’s wallpapering skills look like a n00b.

I thought to myself, ‘This must happen all the time and Google must surely understand the circumstances and re-enable my account.’ I e-mailed back and fourth with Google for two weeks. Finally they just stopped responding to me – I had been cut off. Just like that. No communication at all.

Late last year, November 2007 to be exact, I thought I would re-apply with AdSense for another site I had just launched. I entered the same contact information as before, same address and everything. The next day I get an e-mail saying I’ve been accepted into the program and they gave me all of the related account information. Great! I was back in business. Not more than 16 hours later, I get another e-mail that reads the following.

Hello Chris,

Your AdSense account was found to be related to an account previously disabled for invalid click activity and we have therefore disabled your account. 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.

As outlined in our program Terms and Conditions, Google reserves the right to terminate any publisher’s participation at any time.


The Google AdSense Team

Crap! They did it to me again. I filled out an appeal form for invalid click activity and sent it in. It’s now what… um, January 18th… still no word from Google on the status of this request. I don’t expect a response either. It’s not that I NEED AdSense to make an income from my sites – I already do that. It’s the principle of the whole thing – I’m completely innocent in this case. I’ve spoken to other webmasters who have been disabled for the same reason I was. About half of them have been reinstated into the AdSense program, while the other half are hearing dead silence just like I am.

All I can do now is hope Yahoo! extends their beta of Publisher Network outside of the U.S., or at least makes their program public. It’s been in beta for about 4 years now… come on guys! Pull your socks up. Even Gmail launched quicker than this.

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10 Comments so far
  1. Ryan MyAvatars 0.2

    Good post. If it makes you feel better, I’m also banned from AdSense. :cool:

  2. Online Empire MyAvatars 0.2

    I gave up on Adsense several months ago. I noticed that one day all my revenue was blocked and though I still had an account and could see thousands of impressions and clicks happening, I saw nothing for it. I have been removing adsense from all of my sites since.

  3. Reward Rebel MyAvatars 0.2

    That’s horrendous, Google operates as a law unto itself, yet ultimately they’d be nowhere without any of US.

    They should have had the courtesy to first alert you to the situation, allow you the opportunity to explain what happened, and then adjudicate.

    When it isn’t clear whether or not a breach of Terms has occurred, it wouldn’t hurt to give the accused a second chance, after all, if you’re actually attempting to defraud them, it wouldn’t take long to figure out.

    You strike me as being smart enough to find a more profitable alternative;-D

  4. Jackie MyAvatars 0.2

    That is sad. Sorry Chris. :shock: :sad: I am still debating or not whether or not to ad Adsense on my Blog. I really don’t care to with all the issues I hear about it. There are many ways to make income streams. Although Google does like to rule the Universe. :roll:

  5. Nick - road2blogging MyAvatars 0.2


    I think you should contact them again, but in a roundabout way. Visit a few of the Google employees personal blogs, now I know this may take a bit to get a ‘comment relationship’ going, but they might be able to put you in a ‘good word’ for you. I know one of my friends did this and was in a similar position to you. If you have lots of niche blogs then you’re probably best to keep going at it, or maybe get another ads service.

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  7. Think Like An SOB MyAvatars 0.2

    Speaking of Yahoo… I agree, they need to get out of that Beta stage already. As far as the Yahoo Search marketing goes, they are pretty hands on and on top of everything. I signed on with them a couple of days back, and I am no big spender there, but still got a call from them today, asking me to set up a time with Ally (my rep) so we can go over how to make the most of the ad campaigns. I was impressed.

  8. Bob Ritchie MyAvatars 0.2

    They forget, but they never forgive. They still disallow one of my company’s AdWord copies because the name has been trademarked by another. Dispite all the letters explaining the company outdating the trademark and them being in completely separate industries, nothing.

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