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