Someone lives next door to you, that gets their account banned? Your account gets banned.
You move into an apartment that had a previous resident 6 years ago, whose account got banned 2 years ago? Your account gets banned.
CTR too low on some test you are running? Your account gets banned.
Ad does not pass review and you forget and try it again in 3 months? Your account gets banned.
One day you are going to log in and see this message...
You're only option will be to make as much noise as you can about it, until someone at Google sees it on HN.
For the rest of us, we get screwed.
On a side note, Google cares so much about the communication between the client and the AdWords team, that email coming from AdWords often makes it right into the Gmail spam folder (100% in my case). They don't even bother white-listing it! That's where I found the reply for my plea for un-suspension.
That's a nice thought, but is not practical to me.
I ran ads (just some tests for a day or two, every 4-6 months) for one of my websites that provides a software control panel that manages web-server components and allows you to create websites (kind of like CPanel but for Windows).
This was the "landing page" (a PR5/PR6 page, since 2003):
This is the response I received back from AdWords team...
I confirm that your site has been flagged for unacceptable business
practices and was consequently disabled.
In response to multiple complaints received from users and publishers
about this category of ads, our policies no longer allow sites that
promote low-quality affiliate advertisements, the sale of free items, and
other business models about which we've received multiple complaints.
At this time, it's Google's policy to not accept ads that make
unverifiable, misleading claims about income opportunities for low risk
and minimal effort. Read more about this specific policy at:
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Google AdWords Team
The best I could come up with was that someone at AdWords decided that my application was immaterial, and that I was instead selling Apache, PHP, and MySQL.
So I contacted them again...
I do understand your point of view and apologize for any inconvenience
this may cause, but unfortunately we cannot provide any further
assistance in this matter. Google’s primary objective is to provide
safe, relevant experiences for our users. The decision to suspend your
account was made after careful review of your account and the low
quality landing page experiences promoted through your ads.
Please refrain from creating any new accounts, as they will be subject
to the same suspension. For privacy reasons, AdWords Support is unable
to provide any additional information regarding this account.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The Google AdWords Team
I think what does it for me - all of the promotional text about "building your own website" which indicates that you want to trick naive people that they need your software to run a web server. Instead you should focus on "advanced configuration tools for WAMP servers" and promote all of the things that your software does, without touting the basic WAMP functionality as your own.
(*subliminal message - it's like a bright sun rising from the east, shining down rays, giving life to websites)
It is almost invisible text, a strong spam indicator for Google's robot. Maybe you were banned for suspicious web design?
And it wasn't my website that was banned, but rather the AdWords account was permanently suspended. Google's crawlers/robots have no issue with my website.
> (*subliminal message - it's like a bright sun rising from the east, shining down rays, giving life to websites)
I just noticed one day that the boxshot was the color of the sun (yellow), and is displayed on the right side of the website, which is east, and is the direction where the sun rises each day. I thought it was fitting, considering the sun gives life, and the product does the same for websites.
I used to use AdWords on my own site, and my account was frozen because of "click-fraud". A few enterprising users on an unrelated forum decided to click my ads repeatedly, to support my OSS project. As a result I was denied the $10 of "legitimate clicks"
Any attempt to launch an appeal and contact Google seemed like the message was sent to their spam folder, and ignored.
Essentially committing fraud. The issue in this post is his AdWords account was banned because of x,y,z reason but not because of to many clicks. They probably saw the $100 credit beding used for affiliate direct linking and flagged the account.
Just as an aside I have 13GB on dropbox now and got the additional storage by using the technique outlined in the article. My biggest difference was that the account was seasoned and I was spending my own money, not google coupon money.
Anyway, I agree that these users were committing fraud, but why ban me? I didn't condone (or even know) what they were doing until after the fact. The correct thing for AdSence to do here is to identify the offending IP addresses, cancel the credit accumulated by said IPs, and let me continue supporting the program on my site.
Because, explicitly or implicitly, something you were doing was encouraging people to defraud advertisers through your website. The way to stop this is to eliminate the cause (the person/site encouraging the fraud) not the symptom (today's batch of site visitors). Multiple people don't start engaging in multi-day click fraud behavior randomly -- something sets it off, something as innocuous as a forum post encouraging it or text near the ad that says "this project supported by ad clicks" -- but there has to be a catalyst, and that's the thing they're putting an end to by suspending an account.
That's a pretty bad thing to say about someone without any proof whatsoever. If users decide to 'help' you that does not automatically mean that you 'explicitly or implicitly' encouraged them to do so. People will do the strangest things without any prompting.
Technically this exposes a weakness in Google's program, after all any competitor could do this to you resulting in the banning of your account.
I've tried to sign-up since and I don't get any errors, but I never get my acceptance email and Google won't ever respond to my queries.
Adsense is mostly a ripoff anyway. There are much better ways to monetize your traffic.
I'm presuming this is because the good ad networks don't need to look for sites to display on, but I haven't found anything else that's as good as AdSense. (And due to TOS, we can't run AdSense.)
The network ran trials of using Google ads on certain pages, and some did OK $10k per page per month (on popular pages). But at the end of the day that barely covers costs of running the network.
Google can't supply the cross medium advertising either, so most agencies are more than happy to pay the extra $24.60/cpm to actually get to the desired markets. The old saying "you get what you pay for" really sums it up really.