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How Does It Feel To Be Banned From Google AdSense? Well, It Sucks!

How Does It Feel To Be Banned From Google AdSense? Well, It Sucks!

by Brad MerrillJanuary 24, 2011

You may have noticed that the Google ads around our site recently vanished, leaving empty space in place of the ad units. When I first noticed this problem, I immediately logged into my Google AdSense account to see what the problem was. Sure enough, we got banned. How? I haven’t a clue.

I’m well aware that AdSense TOS is strictly enforced, so I make it a priory to follow the rules.

When I logged in, I was given this message:

Account Disabled
Your AdSense account for this login is currently disabled. We recommend checking your email inboxes for any messages we may have sent you regarding your account status. Sometimes our messages can be caught by email filters, so please be sure to check the Bulk/Spam folders of your email accounts as well.

That freaked me out because I had no idea why my account could’ve been disabled. As instructed, I checked my email. Sure enough, there was a vague, automated explanation of what had happened to my account:

Hello,

After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google’s share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google’s advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and
cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we’ve taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find
more information by visiting
http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

As I said, that’s very vague, so I was still baffled. I followed that link to figure out what to do, and submitted an appeal. I checked with the whole team to confirm that no one was trying to abuse the system. They weren’t.  I submitted the appeal having answered every question honestly. We were not breaking the TOS.

This morning, Google reviewed my appeal and sent me yet another automated message declining my request for them to reinstate my account:

Hello,

Thank you for your appeal. We appreciate the additional information you’ve
provided, as well as your continued interest in the AdSense program.
However, after thoroughly re-reviewing your account data and taking your
feedback into consideration, our specialists have confirmed that we’re
unable to reinstate your AdSense account.

As a reminder, if you have any questions or concerns about your account,
the actions we’ve taken, or invalid activity in general, you can find more
information by visiting
http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

It’s 100% bullshit; there was no “invalid activity” going on that we were aware of. It would’ve been nice of them to be specific and tell us what the problem was. I would’ve loved to cooperate with them to work through this.

Now, not only is our AdSense account disabled, but we are not allowed to create another one associated with my name/email or VentureBreak.com. Luckily, we serve ads from a number of other networks (and of course our private ad sales), and Google AdSense was a very small portion of our revenue. Unfortunately we did lose some money that had accumulated on that account.

About The Author
Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.