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"card declined" and other challenges faced by beginners

     
11:42 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

I have been earning money on Adsense for a while now - enough to be able to live without a real job - but I've been itching to spend some of that money to advertise in Google Adwords and learn to use the system so I can manage it for others in future and also to get the right kind of new member to my forum.

I requested an Adwords voucher from the support team, and they promised to give me $10 as a 'new' advertiser (unfortunately I'm not new). So I went ahead to get a Virtual VISA Debit Card in my name (normal credit cards are still very new in my country).

Unfortunately, when I tried to use it on Adwords, I got the message "Card Declined". How can I fix this? I guess I should call (though this will be an expensive long-distance call) but do you have any ideas about what might be wrong, and what I can do if I am just told to "wait" when I call?

Thanks!
PS: I will also like to use this thread to ask other questions that may crop up in my Adwords journey.

11:54 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you already have an AdWords account, log in to your account and use the email support link to email question you have to AdWords support team.
2:26 pm on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Then I call them or catch their online chat option, they tell me "aw, I am not able to resolve your problem, I do not know why your card is not accepted. Um, I will forward it to the technical team."

As it happens, I have never recieved an e-mail from this so-called "technical team". They think that I'm an automatic scammer because I am a Nigerian. I'm trying to use a VISA Gift Card obtained through Graphcard and they simply won't accept it.

I'm frustrated beyond words. I run a site with thousands of visitors a day. Surely I can afford the $5 it takes to activate the account, huh?

8:45 pm on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Wow, I finally got a response: "Your ads weren't running because your account was under review". And an apology: "We apologize for the disruption to your ad delivery."

I'm so glad. Now the journey begins!

 

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