Msg#: 3670538 posted 1:51 pm on Jun 11, 2008 (gmt 0)
Google does have a powerful distaste for affiliates. I'm not saying that's the reason for the probationary period but it might have something to do with your account being "shut down" whatever that meant.
Msg#: 3670538 posted 3:18 pm on Jun 11, 2008 (gmt 0)
I think it has to do with fraudulent accounts / accounts created with stolen credit cards. I read somewhere that people are selling/buying "precharged" accounts. Like an account w/ $500 in credit for $50. I am guessing these would all be done with a stolen/phished CC #. By limiting the spend to $50 and then verifying the data, it is probably saving google lots of time and money in charge backs, legal fees and such.
I had a client that was able to run a few days until he hit about $100 I think it was. Then he had to call both Google and Amex to verify he was the account holder. Now it runs fine.