Google Ad-Sense be no more!

Today I have received notice that my Google Ad-Sense account has been suspended due to a breech of terms. I first applied for Google Ad-sense back in 2008 when I first setup this blog (October 2008) during this time I've had Google's Ad-Sense ads only on my blog using a WordPress plug in called "All in One Adsense and YPN" This plugin simply places the ads within your blog and I would have thought that it was compliant. So the only thing that must have been wrong was a setting in the configuration of the Ad-Sense channels, that I setup way back in 2008!

Here's a copy of the email received to advise me of the breech of terms…

Hello,

We continually review all publishers according to our program policies ( https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-3pp-en ) and Terms and Conditions ( https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?&stc=aspe-3tc-en ). During a recent review of your account, our specialists found that it was not in compliance with our policies.

WEBMASTER GUIDELINES: Publishers may not place Google ads on pages that violate Google’s webmaster quality guidelines (http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769#quality). While we've included the following excerpts from these guidelines, we recommend that you take the time to review them in their entirety.

* Make pages for users, not for search engines.
* Don't employ cloaking or sneaky redirects.
* Don't load pages with irrelevant words.
* Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
* Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank.
* Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines, or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
* Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you'd feel comfortable explaining what you've done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn't exist?"
* If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

As a result, your AdSense account has been disabled.

Additionally, as stated in our Terms and Conditions, publishers who have breached this agreement may not receive further payment. The earnings on your account will be returned to the affected advertisers. Please note that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interests of our AdWords advertisers, and to maintain the quality of the AdSense program.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

I've attempted to review my Ad-Sense settings but I can no longer access the admin panel and it looks like the decision is final

So as a result there will no longer be any ads on my site! The last time I checked the balance of revenue, it was around the $55 dollar ($AUD) mark, I wonder if the strength of the Australian dollar has something to do with it! (just joking) However I must say that to get a suspension notice without any warning is not the best approach either, because then I could have reviewed the claimed breech and done something to fix it. Another thing that springs to mind is that I wasn't generating much traffic so maybe that was a contributing factor (?) Anyway it's done now, so Google Ad-Sense be no more!

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4 Responses to “Google Ad-Sense be no more!”

  1. Andrew says:

    Scott,
    Check with the plugin author, Google amended their TOS a few years back preventing plugin authors from randomly inserting their own Adsense ID at set intervals. This may not have been rectified (if at all present) with the plugin your using and thus the suspension.

    I use Adsense on my blog and get way less traffic then you I am sure, I have yet to be disabled. I would recommend contacting Google and demand a reason for the disabling at least what you did wrong, they are in essence robbing you of $55 AUD if they do not give a reason for their actions.

    It is also entirely possible you were hacked and your PID used on other sites, may not be worth you time to check but I personally would want to know more or try to at leas. On that note be fair warned Google tends to use the excuse that they can not divulge how they determined the break of terms due to security reasons, I would reason that you do not need to know how they detect it just what they accused you of.

  2. Andrew says:

    I should add as I forgot, when a author added their PID in at a random interval say 1% of all impressions they did it as a means to offset plugin development.

  3. Scott Evans says:

    Hi Andrew, that plug in does have the option to "donate" 5% of your revenue or not! But you raise a valid point about the possibility of the plug in inserting the developers ID, I'm not sure if this is the case. I've not decided weather to pursue or just let it be… their wording of appeal is very vague to the point of saying that they (Google) don't have to disclose the reason!

  4. Christian says:

    Man that's a pretty harsh policy. They are not just canceling your account but are taking back all the money from before they noticed a problem? Also surprising that they don't explain what happened. I would definitely contact them.