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I'm sure glad that I sold my stock in google last month. They are throwing away a $200,000 adsense site because members of an open forum decided to discuss autosurf programs (which I have no idea why this topic is banned from adsense TOS anyway.)
On top of all this, I have to wait 3-6 days for a response from Google every time I email them back questioning their policy. Some way to treat a client who has brought in over $400,000 in revenue in the last 2 years, not to mention my $100 a day adwords budget.
Feel free to leave comments. Am I overreacting here?
Yes hundreds of Autosurf sites advertise with adwords too. It just doesn't make sense. I am amazed that they are treating me like this, and how slow their response times to my emails are. The first time took 6 days, the next 3 days.
As for someone watching this forum. There is no way anyone can link me to the site I am talking about from posts I made at this forum.
There are a few grey ares in the TOS ... I guess one has to accept their policy of " Do no evil" and follow it in one's website also. As most Autosurf schemes are 'Ponzi' in character.. I guess one has to stay on the right side of the line..
So basically, the ads to the possible scams can be displayed, but on only sites that don't have to do with autosurfs, meaning they will attract people who have no clue how they really work.
I even offered to remove the ads from the small section (probably acounts for about 1% of my website)dealing with autosurfs.
joined:Apr 2, 2004
which I have no idea why this topic is banned from adsense TOS anyway
Correct me if I am wrong, but Autosuft - paid to surf schemes can encourage clicking ads, which is a clear violation of TOS right? Even without encouraging clicks, they inflate page and ad impressions and your CPM earnings, which is again a violation of TOS
members of an open forum decided to discuss autosurf programs
This is a section in your forum not a passing post by one of your members that you can remove. This answers that question of why you were not just warned like others.
I am very surprised that someone that makes as much as you did can innocently claim that they did not see it coming, you are an adwords and adsense account holder too, there is a fine line and you crossed it.
Fortunately, we have some great posts on things to do if one should find their AdSense account banned and you wish to appeal it. If you were innocent and had not violated Google's AdSense TOS, there are some things you can do to try to get reinstated.
You may want to read the following threads for some good advice.
I've been Reinstated - Adsense has let me Back in
What to Do When You are Kicked Out of Adsense
A tutorial on your recourse when booted from AdSense.