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:
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
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
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.