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Does anyone know if an appeal can be successful(if so who do I write to) or more importantly how you can protect a site from fraudulent clicks?
"A publisher's site may not have invalid clicks on any ad(s), including but not limited to clicks generated by a publisher on his own web pages-difficult as I have been on a farm for my holidays, not exactly known for its internet connections and why would I be so stupid anyway
clicks generated through the use of robots- didn't even know such a thing existed
automated clicking tools - similar to above, didn't even know it existed
or any other deceptive software -like what!?!"
I could of course be cynical and suggest that it had something to do with a record month for earnings, but I am sure Google are above such underhand and inappropriate practices, just like I am, but of course I don't get that chance to prove this.
A strange twist is that my brother who has a site on a totally different topic, different area of expertise etc, has had his account terminated also-reason is because he knows me. No I am not kidding-"Google AdSense account was found to be related to an account
previously disabled for invalid click activity"
Stranger and stranger.
I have sent off an e-mail to plead my case but I suspect I will be looking for another text based advertiser
A strange twist is that my brother who has a site on a totally different topic, different area of expertise etc, has had his account terminated also-reason is because he knows me.
This may be your issue, especially if you and your brother share the same address or a distinctive surname. Might have raised red flags at G....
A few ponderings:
1/ I wonder if those advertisers for last month will have the "fraudulent clicks"(Googles interpretation) repaid to them, or will google act dishonourably and keep the money?
2/If someone(not me I don't live in the litigious US) was to challenge Google in court over their high handed attitude, would the precious and secretive algorithims have to be explained in court?
Instead of banning the publisher why not just ban the clicks? Compare IP address and only count unique clicks per visitor (24hour cookie). The banner ad networks figured this out years ago. It really isn't an issue with them anymore.
I actually just can't understand why anyone would be so stupid as to try and cheat Google and thats why it annoys me that they think I am guilty. I am sure they do have good software that would check the most blatant attempted fraud/sters and kick them out anyway. My main worry is that some schoolkids/well meaning fool has just sat all day clicking away and they think it is me. Surley though that would show up as an IP address though,which clearly isn't mine as I always access my adsense account from the same IP addy.
Off to something different now I suppose.
It would help us to better understand Google's decisions... If you were making $25 / months (just an assumption based on what you said that your brother made about $100 in 4 months), probably it doesn't worth to google to assign a customer representative and explain you everything... just my 2 cents...
Anyway, I feel sorry for you and wish you good luck on reinstating your account.
If a rival company wants to take down it's competitor one of the best ways to do it is to make them leave internet advertising. To do this they use spam software not to click on ads to generate cash, but to drain their competitors advertising budget.
If they use crawler software to scour several on-topic sites for their competitor's ads and click on them repeatedly then their competitor loses money and faith in Google Adwords. Obviously a few sites lose their account with Google because of it but what do the rival care? You can bet that even though you were kicked off for fraudulent clicks, the advertisers that were 'de-frauded' won't get their money refunded.
The more revenue a site makes, the more worthwhile it is for Google to investigate the matter carefully instead of just cancelling the publisher's account.
Also, Google may figure that a publisher who's earning significant revenue from AdSense will be less likely to jeopardize that income by using clickbots or other tricks.
I do think Google could do a better job with publisher relations, but I guess that bot-generated e-mails and boilerplate responses to inquiries are inevitable with a program that has tens of thousands of publishers.
Stranger and stranger. Anyway off to try intellitxt from burst-see what happens with that
...Had received cheques, not every month but reasonably regularly....
This kind of information gives support to EFV's theory on Google deciding that some accounts are just to small or unprofitable to warrant a detailed review of the case. Unfortunately, it is just standard business practice in most industries.
which is disgusting.
I don't know about that. An argument could be made that some accounts are already money loosing propositions for Google, and that by allowing them to be part of the network already, Google is already putting small-fry ahead of profits.
For many publishers Google has allowed them to monetize a website that never made any money. There is nothing wrong with capitalism and profit is not a four letter word.
This was probably only the second month that I had made sufficient in a month to get a payout(from memory it was about $280?).
Have decided that I have banged my head against the wall enough on this one. I have had(I think) two reviews already. Still don't know why I was cut off because they won't tell me and that is the thing which really bothers me. If they said something like, there have been x% of your clicks from the same IP address, or x% of your clicks were all to the same advertiser, or x% of your clicks were on advertisers that weren't really appropriate to your site or ....etc, etc. Then I could understand. However they hide behind the "we have sophisticated software that has caught you out" arguement. Of course computers never make mistakes. Actually I probably agree with that but you never know perhaps a programmer has made a programming error and the software isn't nearly as clever as they think?
Actually I probably agree with that but you never know perhaps a programmer has made a programming error and the software isn't nearly as clever as they think?
The computer program only alerts adsense team to the problem. Once this is done, your site is then manually reviewed to determine whether a warning should be sent out.