Writers Beware – are My Readers The Reason My Google Adsense Account Was Just Canceled?

Thu, Jan 26, 2012, by Jo Oliver

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I’d like to start off by saying that this article is about a possible theory, not fact. I have no proof, only speculation and wonder.

I received this email from Google Adsense:

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

Now, I’ve been at Triond for over four years now and have had Google AdSense for most of that time. I’ve also maintained a personal blog, Kaitlynn’s Place, with Google AdSense included for several years. Like most here at Triond and maintaining personal blogs, writing articles is about hit and misses. Most articles get a few hundred page views, some get a few thousand, and a rare handful get six figure and higher views. Of course, with most articles being seen by a few hundred or thousand people, ad clicks are few and far between and usually only result in a few dollars in Adsense money. That said, the rare articles that do reach into 10,000 views and higher usually result in a good deal of Adsense clicks and income.

My article, “How I Paid Just $36.00 For Over $800 Worth Of Downey, Tide, Dawn, and Other P&G Products,” was one of those rare articles that immediately garnered attention around the web. In just over a week, the article had over 10,000 views and over 200 comments. As a result, I watched as my AdSense earnings skyrocketed.

The article was controversial; elicited many readers to leave harsh, judgmental, critical, and threatening comments; and spurred many to follow their conscious in reporting what they felt was fraudulent, dishonest, and harmful behavior. At first, I was concerned about these reactions and tried my best to engage readers, but never considered that some of these people taking such a moral high road could engage in “shady” behavior when they were so adamantly opposed to alleged ‘misuse’ of coupons.

Several days into the article’s publication, I noticed that a couple of comments were made about how shameful it is that I’m getting so many clicks and making so much from ads on my page. It dawned on me that some readers, especially those familiar with the terms and conditions of AdSense, could get an idea to sabotage my earnings and future working ability by simply excessively clicking on the ads to make the clicks seem, ironically enough, …fraudulent. I’ve known people that seem to think the best counter to a ‘bad behavior’ is to give em a dose of thier own medicine. In this case..hit the person they think commented fraud with fraudulent clicks.

I’ve been writing long enough to have seen several of my fellow writers have their Google AdSense accounts suspended and terminated because of invalid clicks, which were usually the result of soliciting clicks from readers and trading clicks with other writers. Therefore, I decided to delete the comments concerning ads as a precaution against a reader(s) getting just such an idea.

In my opinion, I deleted the comments a little too late.

It wasn’t long before I received the above email from Google AdSense that my account had been disabled and all my earnings were returned. I’ve had other articles with up to 60,000 page views, and those few articles never triggered Google AdSense to disable my account. So, I seriously doubt that the disabling was due to Google simply not wanting to pay my earnings. The difference I see between those articles and my most recent successful article is one thing – controversy. The other articles were about fairly benign subjects like where germs lurk and human interest subjects like Thad Phillips. Whereas this the P&G article created more controversy than I ever could have possibly imagined.

This leads me to believe, or rather theorize, that the only reasonable explanation seems to be reader sabotage. I feel that some of those irate readers that were so morally outraged  by the possibility of someone using coupons against manufacturer regulations set their moral high ground aside and intentionally clicked the ads on the P&G article so many times as to trigger the red flag at Google Adsense.

I have appealed Google AdSense’s decision to disable my account. I do hope that I’m wrong about the cause of this and that it’s just some coincidental error on Google’s part. Either way, I think it a bit unfair of Google AdSense to disable a user’s account and return their hard-earned revenue without first contacting the user for a reasoning behind any questionable activity or statistics.

Since there’s no known way to contact a live support with Google AdSense, I would like to ask readers if they know what happens after the appeal process???? Are revenues returned if the “suspicious activity” is proven to be related to sabotage or error? How long does the appeal process take? Also, if any readers have had a similar experience with using AdSense or have had their Google Adsense account suspended, disabled, or terminated, I’d love to hear your story and experience with Google AdSense.    

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  1. jennifer eiffel01 Says:

    I am sorry your account was cancelled. I enjoyed your article about getting all those things for so little. Good Luck!

  2. Brenda Nelson Says:

    Give google time, they will realize you did not click your own ads and fix the problem.

  3. Jo Oliver Says:

    Thanks Guys! Yeah, Brenda, I do hope so. It doesn’t make much sense for me to do all this work writing to make a few cents at Triond without the ad money.

  4. Karen Gross Says:

    This is really scary. I have heard this story from a couple of other Trionders, I don’t remember who. Given that Google hangs onto our Adsense earnings until $100, there are a lot of us who have a lot to lose by being banned. I have at least $80.

    I sure hope your appeal wins. I think that the practice of taking away revenue earned by writers without proving guilt hardly sounds legal. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  5. Otis Says:

    At first I felt so bad for you, but after reading what it is you did and realized how much you pissed a lot of people off by your article, it’s no wonder why this happened. I’m not saying I am condoning the actions of these “haters” for click bombing your Adsense account, however, your article was infuriating to those who wish to do the same thing but can’t (for whatever reason).

    “Haters gonna hate” and unfortunately, they were able to successfully get back at you. The least we could do is thank you for showing us what kind of articles NOT to post in the future. For what it’s worth, sorry this happened to you.

  6. xyz Says:

    I think click bombing is not the main reason of behind the google adsense disable. Read google TOS. Did your controversial articles complied with Google TOS. For example they won’t support replica blogs

  7. catlord Says:

    Unlikely that Google will rescind their decision, -they have never to my personal knowledge, ever reinstated a ‘revoked’ membership, -even if they are genuinely wrong. This is why it is prudent to have more than ONE Triond membership; monetize one with the ‘neutral & safe’ content that is AdSense-integrated and contains content that Google approves, and use the other Triond account for your articles that walk the edge but are not Adsense-monetized. That way your Adsense cash-cow is safe and you can still earn PPV from Triond with the viral articles like yours…

    I do urge you to appeal Google’s decision however… BE the one case that Google reinstates as Adsense member-wrongly banned.

  8. Stacie Says:

    Google Adsense shut me down back in Sept for invalid clicks. I was with them 3 years and never once clicked my own ads or asked anyone to click. At the time, I had $160 in my account and I never saw a penny of it. I appealed and was denied. I was devastated at first and now I’m just mad and warning people DO NOT rely on Adsense as a source of income. It can be yanked at anytime for any reason and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  9. Sadie Says:

    I worked my butt off for a year to grow my reader base. The entire time, I had Ad Sense up and I only made a few cents a month. I read an article over at simply-stacie.net about ad placement, and switched things around. That month, my views also doubled because I was working my way into elite blog groups and was networking a lot with others. When it was time for my payout, I got an email from Ad Sense (same as you did above). I appealed it, and got nowhere. I have no idea why mine was disabled. I don’t think there was anything super controversial on my site at the time that would have had people sabotage it, I just happened to get a lot of views and changed my ad placement (which really helps!).

    It pisses me off that I had Ad Sense on my blog for like 6 months, FREE ADVERTISING FOR THEM… and didn’t make anything (like $30 all together I think).. but when it came time to pay the big bucks ($150 woo hoo), they shut me down. And of course, there’s no way to talk to a live agent.

    I never heard back from them, and didn’t get my money either… GOOGLE = THIEVES!!! I’m so sorry this happened to you.

  10. Still Blonde after all these YEARS Says:

    Same story! Google adsense is a fraud. the Bernie Medhoff of ad progams!

  11. Happy Webmaster Says:

    Hi,
    This caught my eye today. I too lost my Google Adsense account. They also claimed invalid link activity. I did repeal and still they will not give me my adsense account back. According to Cloudflare, I was having a lot a threat traffic at the time. These false visitors were crawling my site with false ip addresses and clicking on links. Cloudflare said I had a “bee in my bonnet”. Their main purpose is to spam sites. I was also getting false users signing up to my site at the time Google shut my account down.
    I have been without adsense for almost a year. My site loads a lot quicker, I get good comments from visitors, I get less threat traffic and it is a lot less work maintaining a adsense account. Do you see image ads on their search engine? NO. They give images to us to use and it just slows down our sites. My life is a lot better without adsense.

  12. jotomy Says:

    This is a sad story but i think they must have their rules & regulations and restrictions. Hope you will get approval soon, write a letter to them.

  13. thomas bodetti Says:

    One way to deal with the Google Adsense Scam is to opt out of google, remove all adsense ads from your website. Boycott Google, contact google advertisers and let them know that google is charging them for clicks that are allegedly fake or might be faked, and that google is allegedly evil.

  14. SharifaMcFarlane Says:

    I am sorry this happened to you. This kind of malicious behavior is always a risk. I hope they reinstate your account. If you know how to make articles go viral, you are probably better off with your own blog. Then you can use Chikita and Bidvertiser to monetize it, instead of Adsense.

  15. Karen Says:

    I really don’t understand how they could possibly prove this?? Shouldn’t they give their writers the benefit of the doubt? This makes me never want to use Adsense.

  16. zeo Says:

    I’m sorry to hear about you adsense account being cancelled, and though it may be possible that you were “click-bombed” I find equally as likely that you unknowingly violated on of the TOS. The TOS of Google adsense is very strict, and we can very easily violate it without even realizing it, especially if we use adsense on triond, bukisa, and personal blogs or websites. Please review the TOS and see if there was anything then appeal and apologize. The apology will help as there is most likely something you have overlooked.

  17. Ruby Hawk Says:

    It might not have been your readers that caused it, My account was deleted and as for as I know, my readers were fine with my publishing. I could never find out why I was deleted. Google will not communicate with you. I looked at all the questions and answers, but I still don’t know why my account was deleted. I asked triond to look at my work and see if they could see anything objectionable and they couldn’t find a thing. I don’t believe they had a reason, I could never find anything.

  18. irenen1 Says:

    Seems Google is on a kick. Too many writers are getting this email. Notice the keyword \”risk\” in the email. This does not mean anything is actually wrong. Most of us are not savvy enough to find what activity triggered Google. With total earnings of under $3.00 for the month, what invalid activity is possibly going on?

    Many of us belong to writing sites that only share Adsense income through our own account. Is Google trying to shut us all down? Why are these sites not loosing their account? Filling out the appeal form gets no satisfaction, reinstatement or answers.

    There may also be a link to being a writer for WebAnswers. Seems writer Adsense ads are randomly associated with pages the writer has nothing to do with. These pages can put you in the position of content violation as well as inadvertantly clicking on your ownm ad. Duh…

  19. Magic Quill Says:

    If like me ypou have used adsense you are suckers. LOL. they closed my account and took my adsense with them. why do you think google is multi billion? because its honest. Ha ha ha. content is the only credit that counts. read my article on 5 ways triond fails to deliver a decent service (f you please)

  20. LoveDoctor Says:

    I received the same message last night. I tried to appeal it and they denied it. It’s ridiculous, but it seems that they’re trying to protect their advertisers. I won’t allow their advertisers to make revenue from my articles that’s for sure. I have deleted most of them today with the exception of just a few. My views and earnings were coming mostly from Adsense. Just when I was getting close to my $100 threshold, boom, they disable it. Is this a scam or what? I’m out of her for good.

  21. Belle Pierdon Sayles Says:

    Yes, it usually happens just before you get to the $100.00 cash out mark. They are getting free advertising because there is always new writers signing up so for every writer they cancel, there are 100 more writers signing up and then their acct will be deleted…I appealed my cancellation also and they chose to ignore me, even after several attempts to get an answer.

  22. AWritingSighting Says:

    Your mistake was to even consider associating your precious adsense account with triond. Triond is chockablock with lurkers and lowlifes who will click bomb ads served by google out of pure spite and malice.

  23. df Says:

    I feel for you. Google Adsense are crooks.

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