|Domain was banned in Adsense a long time ago|
How to get it domain banned by Adsense rectified
| 8:35 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I have this old site that I bought from someone back in early 2008. The site dates back to 2004 and was running Adsense, as well as a very insecure script.
When I bought the site, I did not change the Adsense code to mine as it was quite messy to change it (mysql problems), I left the owner's code there, and was in process of transferring the site to a new CMS, when hackers struck and posted rubbish on some pages.
The former owner received an email from Adsense saying they disable ad-serving to the site because of the political messages, unfortunately.
So to cut a long story short, the site was also dropped from the SERPs and has been making nil income for a year now.
I've done and spent a lot of money to revamp the site and also resubmitted a Reconsideration Request in Webmaster Tools, which worked. The site is ranking again for its main keywords and being reindexed well.
Oddly though, when I check some cached pages in Google, they still show Adsense ads (under the former owner's pub ID)...Should I delete all these cached pages in Webmaster Tools?
I've deleted almost everything to with the old site and the new site now uses a better CMS, and is cleaner and better designed.
But my efforts to get Google to unban the site has so far failed. There is no one at the Adsense forums, and every email you send them only spits out an autoresponder. I even tried sending a backdated email (that I got a reply from Adsense a LONG TIME AGO)...and even though I don't get a template reply back....but it seems nobody from Adsense is willing to answer it either. Or maybe it ended up in their Bulk Mail....
So, what should I do?
| 1:04 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Xeon, as you can guess it will be nearly impossible to get a personal response from G due to the huge number of requests that they get. You have already spent so much time trying to fix it; do not spend any more. Just sign up with another ad serving company like Chitika.
| 2:16 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
If you're confident everything is ok why not launch under a different domain name?
| 2:29 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|If you're confident everything is ok why not launch under a different domain name? |
You mean register a new domain, import the database, import the files, and 301 redirect everything to the new domain?
I've thought about that, but one of the reasons I haven't done it yet is I'm not sure if my SERPs could get affected.
Another, is that if only Google reapproves it, then it is some kind of vindication for all the time and energy I spent on groveling.
It used to do ok with Adsense (back then), so why does Google not seem interested in an extra revenue source again?
This is something I don't understand.
| 3:05 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|It used to do ok with Adsense (back then), so why does Google not seem interested in an extra revenue source again? |
Cost benefit vs risk. However much the site might make, it probably won't be worth the time to (understaffed) Google AdSense to figure out if a previously banned domain really and truly is operating with a new owner and completely above board now. So many are trying to game the system that what you want simply wouldn't scale.
If you think the site is really a potential AdSense money maker, then get a new domain.
| 3:43 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Its pretty much impossible to unban a domain from Adsense. I have actually receive personal responses from a Google representative.
He simply gave me a canned-sounding response, "this domain was banned on xx-xx-200x and no longer eligible to display adsense ads."
Consider other ad options with your domain. Try Yahoo, Chitika, affiliate ads or something else. I put YPN ads on my "banned" domains. Less profitable than Adsense, but I have not found anything else that even comes CLOSE to the revenue that Adsense generates. (YPN is distant second - anything else is a distant third place)
[edited by: Skeptic at 3:46 pm (utc) on Mar. 20, 2009]
| 3:57 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
But what if the reason for the ban was due to hacking? Some punks from some Asia Minor country, hacked the site and injected HTML into some pages.
Do they consider the reason for the banning? I've heard of one guy on some other forum who says he always gotten Google to unban his domains in Adsense.
That was in early 2008.
| 4:14 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|Another, is that if only Google reapproves it, then it is some kind of vindication for all the time and energy I spent on groveling. |
Your time has been spent on the site, not the domain name, unless you have a fantastic brandable domain that is.
|But what if the reason for the ban was due to hacking? |
Put it on a decent server, preferably not a free one although some seem to have had no problems with them, and do the job properly.
Heck, one month's AdSense income pays for a full year's hosting with three servers and 200+ domain name renewals for me.
If you're going to do it, do it professionally, don't mess about:-)
| 4:25 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
So I gather, the two feasible options are:
1) Get a new domain and redirect everything to it...then put back Adsense.
2) Get a new Ad network...forget Adsense
My domain is a nice name that probably get's a few type ins a month.
| 5:11 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|Get a new domain and redirect everything to it |
IMHO I'd be wary about redirecting a previously banned name since it would not take a lot to associate them.
Maybe someone else is better able to comment about this?
| 5:48 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)|
|But what if the reason for the ban was due to hacking? Some punks from some Asia Minor country, hacked the site and injected HTML into some pages. |
*it doesn't matter* It doesn't matter who's fault it was, it doesn't matter if it was intentional or a mistake or a hack job - none of that matters. What matters is the end result; the domain was at one point a risk to the advertisers, and the advertisers have to be protected. And it would take more likely take more resources than it's worth to determine that it's no longer a risk. It doesn't matter if it doesn't seem fair, because there is no fair here - there's degree of risk and amount of reward and that's all. That's business.
And HuskyPup is right - if it were I, I'd start *completely* over. Or find another way to monetize it.
| 8:53 am on May 9, 2009 (gmt 0)|
This might be a bit old, but Google finally unbanned my domain.
Thank you so much, G!
But the irony is I'm not planning to run Adsense on the site, for the time being. ATM, I'm actually testing Clickbank ads on it.
If any of you can take home any message from my experience, be my guest :-)
"Walk on the right side of things, and chances are you'll end up where you want to go."
| 11:12 am on May 9, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for the update Xeon, that's the courteous thing to do.