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The best and obvious reasoning is that google (logically) feels its cheaper to cancel low end accounts with suspicious activity instead of investigating.
Honestly, I live in perpetual fear that some kid is gonna click 1000 times on an ad and get me removed from the program permently.
I earn only $XX a month from adsense, but my site is very very new and hopefully in 6 months will start to earn some REAL revenue.
By December I hope to go from the under 100 articles I have now to over 600 articles.
I have a job (for a college student) so the $30 a month for hosting (my only cost) is not really a big deal.
My question is this:
Would it be bettter/safer for me just to turn off my adsense ads until my site is large enough and popular enough to not be so quickly removed from the google program? and if so, what is a good level of traffic to turn if back on again?
[edited by: zulufox at 9:59 pm (utc) on May 10, 2004]
So, yes, I think you should turn it off until you have about 3000 to 5000 days...
My site pushes in excess of $XX,XXX.xx per month. I live in this perpetual fear like you cannot believe. The way adsense has taken off on my site blew my mind. We do roughly 750k - 1M hits per month, and I have considered quiting my job and living off of adsense, but its that fear... at any time Google can say *cya*... so yes, I would turn it off. But keep in mind it can be very rewarding :)
If turning over tens of thousands for G in publishing AS ads any departure in much smaller scale on that large account will be considered development bumps, I am sure.
Or should I be worried?
Sorry for the confusion, I meant per day... 750k - 1M
If my math is right, this daily traffic translates to 22.5 to 30 million page views per month. Why don't you just get out of here and sign up as a premium publisher. Your traffic is above the min. traffic requirement.
And I doubt Google would want to kick a guy that delivers 1M ads a day... it's not just the revenue you generate for Google. It's 1M eye views on Google brand.
if you are pushing $XX,XXX per month or $XXX,XXX annually, I think you have little to fear that you will be dropped for all but the most blatant fraud.
Like others, I am totally paranoid about getting the boot. I have carefully read the TOS and think I am compliant, but the catch-all broad language is a license to ban anyone for almost no reason (not that I disagree with this, as I would also have language like that if I were Google).
Since those who have been booted probably aren't concerned with violating TOS by reporting numbers, does anyone know of sites doing good revenue that have been booted? Let's say at least $x,**** per month, and especially $xx,xxx per month.
I wonder what kinds of sites these people had. For example they would of had some crappy keyword filled site for displaying ebay listings... I'm sure google would lift a finger to investigate that.
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AdSense served me well, and continues to do so. I'd stick with it. Of course YMMV.
I almost feel like I should increase that number (by displaying the ad on more homepages, not just subpages) so that I will be "big enough". I was previously trying to be strategic, hoping to place the ads on pages that wouldn't bother people as much yet draw a decent response. Now I'm wondering if I should maybe place the ads at the bottom of some of my home pages, so that I will be "big enough".
Second, I personally believe that if you are making $10000 a day on one site, they will do some serious investigating before terminating your account for suspicious activitiy on your second unpopular site.