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"It has come to our attention that invalid clicks have been generated on the ads on your web pages. We have therefore disabled your Google AdSense account. Please understand that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.
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, clicks generated through the use of robots, automated clicking tools, or any other deceptive software."
I admit I did click thru some ads to see what other people are using for landing pages and the like but no abuse from me anyway.
My sites only generated about 400 clicks to adsense per day anyway. How could I abuse it?
Anyway I can get reinstated. Adsense support just sent me a few template emails saying sorry.
Sucks that this happens to a honest small timer like me!
As a kid I bet you put your hand in the fire just to see if it was hot.. I would have thought that natural selection would have weeded out all those character traits - I guess not.
I clicked on my ads twice so far in 16 months - that was because I'm stupid and clumsey - so much for natural selection.
As a professional webmaster community we should not judge and nail people down for what WE think is immoral or fraudulous. In the end it is only an agreement between Google and the Publisher, and if Google decides that the account should be reinstated, there were probably no grounds to terminate the account.
Nice eloqution and a good closing argument for a trial but the OP openly admitted "I clicked my own links" so nobody was quick to judge as it was an open admission of guilt. Had nothing to do with various types of web sites in various countries, was a pure and simple throwing themselves on the mercy of the AdSense crowd and the crowd had no mercy for not reading the terms and defrauding advertisers.
Nice try but I'm not buying it in this instance as we've had good people like SuzyVirtual that played by the rules and was banned and re-instated, and didn't invoke mob mentality over her delimma:
Overall your thesis was a good read but I'm giving it a B-
He/she was cheating the advertisers.
Not according to Google.
If advertisers are cheated regularly, they will notice, and leave (or move to search listings only). That's bad for all of us.
A good point because I think this is the reason for most of the emotions in the "Banned from AdSense" threads. We as AdSense publishers fear that the existence of cheaters will affect our income now, or in the future.
But just as in normal life, we should let the police (Google in this case) let do the job to catch the thieves. What was done in this thread is that Google catched a thief (at least they thought it was one) and after the thief was catched, the crowed tried to lynch him. A few days later the police reviewed the evidence and decided there was no criminal act.
Lynching was common in the 19th century, but in my opinion it is outdated in the 21st.
I run a brick and mortar company for almost 15 years and I can tell you that cheaters are in all industries. Yet I have to find an industry that collapsed because of this. So let's concentrate on good content sites that are profitable for AdWords advertisers. Besides click fraud, the existence of many low quality sites is the other reason why AdWords advertisers don't want to advertise on the content network.
We are not lynching him - we are supporting the system that finds cheats. In regular society, if someone gets caught stealing because of pure greed and is punished, we say to that person, you did the wrong thing, you got caught, punished and you deserve what you got. Especially if you were the one he stole from.
If there are mitigating circumstances, then these are taken into account (reinstatement).
Personally, assuming he was reinstated, I am pissed off as an Adwords advertiser. He broke the rules, the system caught him, so he should be booted. The rest of us play fair.