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So is there any redemption from this or am I literally never allowed to run an Adwords account for the rest of my life?
This seems somewhat harsh since most convicted drink drivers only receive a 12 month ban! (from driving that is.)
I had some poker ads I was trying to run and either the destination url was innapropriate or the ad was. Either way it would run for a bit until a human reviewer would decline it with the standard 'inappropriate' response.
Not knowing what was wrong exactly, I ran the campaign again with slight tweaks. After about the 3rd/4th decline all my ads stopped. That's when I found out about the suspension and was 'advised' to start a new account. I did this and added some non-poker ads, however these failed to show. That's when I was informed of my permanent ban.
The annoying thing is I'm aware why I was suspended - I even apologised, but you still see the same players sneaking their ads in:
What they do is switch on their ads after ~5pm (when the reps have gone home?) and switch them off in the morning (before 9am) Same applies for the weekend. In the day, if you visit the URL's they also switch the content to show 'appropriate' content that doesn't violate the guidelines.
I wouldn't mind but I've showed Google this over a month ago, with offending url's, but they've done nothing...
To add insult to injury it looks like they've now suspended the account that belongs to the company I work for! (maybe because I've logged into my own account at work and so they've assumed that I own both?)
Thanks for your reply.
A new client asked me to setup an Adwords account, using our credit card info and we would just bill them monthly via invoice. Google closed the account because of previous issues with that domain... i guess the client had been banned a few times for posting bad ads with other credit cards and google finally got fed up with them.
I logged into to my personal account at my work PC then, foolishly, logged into the work account. (which does not belong to me) The company account was then banned, even though it has nothing to do with my own personal account.
I've since removed all toolbars, blocked cookies from G, use Tor and never log into my old accounts. Probably missing something but it seems to have worked.
You're getting the same illogical and downright dishonest treatment from Google that most online casino affiliate have suffered.
See this thread:
Google have a few 'special' friends who can advertise online casino terms. If you ain't already in the club, you ain't getting in.