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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Before you sign up for Googel AdSense think about this...

I have no idea why I was canceled from adsense.
I may have clicked on an advertisement which showed something from my ebay.
The advertisements seemed to be things which my readers would be interested in.
Google claims to have looked at my blog which is obviously not a link sharing scam.
This is the problem with a monopoly.
I sort of hate Google and feel their products are kind of bloatware, but it doesn't say that "snarkiness" is terms for dismissal.

What I have learned from this... Google may randomly cancel the products you are using. BACK UP YOUR BLOG!

There has got to be a better way....

I just realized you can't read the text of the email. Here it is.

Thank you for your appeal. We appreciate your continued interest in the AdSense program. However, after thoroughly reviewing your account and taking into consideration the information that you have provided, our specialists have confirmed that we are unable to reinstate your AdSense account.
Please note that your account will not receive further payments nor any reissue of previous payments. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will both be fully refunded to the affected advertisers. You are not eligible for further participation in the AdSense program due to violation of our Terms of Service, so you may not create new accounts.
We understand that you may want more information about your account activity, however, in order to protect our proprietary detection systems, we are unable to provide further details. Thank you for understanding.
The Google AdSense Team

They can't provide details because they don't really know. Detection algorithms my arse! I tripped some sort of filter or who knows what... If you do a search on this topic you will find all sorts of random cancelations.
If you want to use AdSense then write your blog for the AdSense. If you want to make a little coffee money on the side, don't use AdSense unless you are prepared for random weirdness you can't fix.

Here is why I got banned, (actually it was sarcasm...)

Cautionary Notes: Things to Look Out For

  1. Never Click Your Own Google Ads

    One of the things you must always remember is never click your own Google ads, even if it is to find out whether the site linked to is acceptable for your website's audience. Since (at this time) Google pays AdSense for Content ads according to the number of clicks, clicking your own ads is regarded as fraud, and will, at the very least, get you kicked out of the AdSense program.
    Although Google doesn't say this, if you are showing off your blog or website to your family members, make sure they do not click any of your advertisements either. This is the case even if they are genuinely interested in the products advertised. They can always look for it by name in a search engine later if they wish, but for anyone living in your own household, any Google advert on your site is strictly off limits. The reason for this is that clicks from your household will look exactly like clicks from you.

    Google could have told me this when they canceled me. I could fix that issue. May I recommend GoDuckGo...


  1. well. now i'm mad. but it answers the question, "should i try that adsense thing?' with a big resounding NO. drat.

    1. Adsense is great because everyone manipulates it to make money. But you have to remember to treat it as a scam and that it is possible that anyone clicking on an advertisement on your computer even if they are not signed in to your Google Account will get you canceled.

  2. I suspect the problem was running afoul of the don't ask others to click your Adsense links rule. That was probably judged based on stats showing too high of a click-through rate relative to your traffic. In other words, your dear readers were too loyal.

    It's completely counter-intuitive that they wouldn't want to encourage people to click ads. But I guess that's what the people who pay for these ads want, pure click-through. By contrast, Amazon wants you to encourage click-through because they pay by sale.

    1. Excellent point. I've talked about Adsense scams in the past also. Several people have commented on how relevant the advertising was to their interests also. I had a really high view/click ratio.

  3. Adsense. Isn't that the once banned aphrodisiac liqueur?
    I guess Adsense doesn't make the cart grow fodder.


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