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Permanent Adwords Ban

11:00 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I recently had my account suspended and after a brief dialogue with support was told that any past, current and future accounts I started would not be allowed to run.

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.)


11:31 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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have you been a naughty boy? they wouldn't do this for no good reason?
why did they say you were banned?
11:58 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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well kinda...

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...

From July:

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.

11:53 am on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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So has anyone ever been reinstated after a ban?
2:12 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My Only suggestion would be to get a new debit/credit card with a different billing address and use either your middle name as your first name. When this happenned to me (yes I was a naughty boy in my past but Im reformed now) I used my partners credit card.
9:21 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks BluBay.
11:05 am on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does Google track the website url or just credit card and billing information?
1:57 pm on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have seen it where they closed a new account because of the website URL..

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.

7:53 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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in fact that is cool :)
I am happy they banned you and hope will not unban.
Guys like you just make my life more difficult.
Get your own website man and advertise it!
You will not only possess something but also may get some money from natural traffic in the future!
Is being a parasite such fun?
9:26 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Used new card and address and everything's working well so far...
1:53 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is that google track from Cookies, IP Address or something else?
2:19 pm on Jan 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'd guess a combination of everything...

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.

3:48 am on Feb 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do they check the credit card information and billing information as the as previous account (old account)?
12:02 am on Feb 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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.

3:17 pm on Feb 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You only get banned if you make a big mistake - worst case new card and account

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