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How my friend got back to adsense

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11:38 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi all. New webmaster here. Well actually I have been reading posts here for a long, long time and I want to share an interesting thing that my friend did. Friend of mine had a web-site that had adsense on it. I believe he was one of the early publishers and after 1 year he got banned for click-fraud. He called me that day and that is how I learned about adsense. He told me how adsense works, etc. , so we started to look into his logs for any possible increased traffic or anything that might have caused this click-fraud. I believe in the early stages of adsense, google did not want to review his account again, and after 15 e-mails to google, he gave up. He said he never clicked on his ads and there might have been something else that might have triggered that increase in clicks. Well, we never found what that was and because google didnít help us at all, so we gave up. Last time I saw my friend was two days ago and asked him how he is doing. He said he got back into google, and have been new publisher for almost for 1 year now. So I asked him, how he did it. He said that he created a new web-site, related to web-site that got banned. He got accepted back into adsense. Than simply put the code into both web-site, until app.2 months he finally removed the code from the new web-site and left the code in the banned site only. He said that G keeps your information, but you can go around that. He opened up a P.O.Box with his name and entered that as a new address. And because of ETF payments he never gets check there anymore, so he canceled P.O.Box and forwards his mail from there to his normal mailing address. His site is doing just fine, he has more control over his adsense now, I guess he learned and he is generating almost same income as before. He told me that now he knows that he needs to inform G each time there is something suspicious going in the account. I found it interesting, so hopefully some of you will learn from this.
12:00 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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nice story but i thought G keeps track of the websites that are banned and not just the Publishers Address. Well maybe its just a matter of time b4 G figures this out and bans him again for showing ads on a banned site.

If i was him, I would leave the ads only on the new site and take it off the banned one.

12:27 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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interesting, but I thought Google does not allow PO Boxes for personal accounts?
2:46 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for sharing this story. I was always asking this same question whether Google bans the accounts or the websites. People here always say that websites are banned forever. Well, looks like there are exceptions like your friend's case. Who knows..it might even be that Google never bans sites..just the publisher. I was banned weeks ago. I will try to apply under another name using another site and then put them on my old sites.

Thanks for sharing.

4:09 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This story is what he told me. As to P.O.Box, he got a P.O.Box through Mail Boxes Etc. But the good thing is that it will say: 12345 Street A # 001. So this sounds like an address, but in fact it is P.O.Box.
5:00 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I tried to put in my business po box. adsence wont accept a po box
5:49 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, this won't work in the US AFIK, because when you sign up you have to give your tax number. Outside the US you don't get asked for tax details. But as they regularly seem to boot out related accounts that are not in the US, clearly they are keeping close tabs on people and websites.

I think the best approach is to keep a good relationsip up with Google and not get banned in the first place. We have seen posts here whereby people have got reinstated because Google have looked again and come to a different decision, but I think that is a rare event.

I'm glad your freind got back in, but clearly not by appeal to Google. The moral of the tale has to be "Keep your nose clean".

9:00 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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but I thought Google does not allow PO Boxes for personal accounts?

If I remember correctly that depends on two things:

1. How long the account has been open since I have used a business Post Box ever since I joined however I am in the UK.

2. I seem to remember them changing the delivery address rules for USA based members a year or so ago insisting that they have a physical address.

This is all to do with US taxation chasing etc.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

4:06 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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One can only hope that every webmaster who gets kicked out, and then tries to put one over on Google by re-applying under a different name, uses this same transparently obvious approach.

IMO the ones sneaking around trying to get back into the program are the most likely to have been guilty of conscious malfeasance in the first place.


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