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I hadn't received any message, nor any reason or contact. What do I do? What will happen to the money I earned last month and this month? I follow the rules to a T. I do not know what is going on here.
Can you post links to their posts here?
Sorry, I didn't bookmark or save the posts and I don't have time to search for them. Hang out here for a few months and you'll hear from a few of them.
But as I said, most of them are too busy to be spending time here. My sense is that most, though perhaps not all, of the AdSense publishers who post here are earning from $0 to $100,000 annually. Google reports hundreds of millions of dollars paid out in the content network in their SEC filings. That can't all be going to premium publishers.
A lot of it may actually be going to small sites. And I base that statement on personal experience. I run a small, content-based web site. You can look it up in my profile and visit, if you're interested. I get maybe 50,000 page views a month. It's a hobby, one I work at very part time. Until AdSense came along, I was lucky to scrape $100 a month from various affiliate programs. With AdSense, and not much effort, I've averaged $300 per month, and last month made over $500. Small potatoes, perhaps, but more than I had hoped to make. And I suspect that there are many other sites like mine that have benefited.
Google has something real going. It's not perfect, but it works, and I believe it works for thousands of sites.
Umm ... when you're account has been disabled, that means you can no longer log in right? So there's no use for a message center that cannot be accessed when the account has been disabled.
Alika, I was refering to Jenstars statement that
Failing to correct a terms violation will eventually result in an account suspension, but those can be unsuspended once the site is back in compliance.
Often Google will send an email to publishers to change something that violates it's TOS. If the publisher does not get that email and make the correction, then Google will suspend their account.
So guys, if you get huge visitors all of a sudden , just send an email to Google with the information for the sudden increase in visitors, so that you won't get banned.
Moreover, if a traffic spike (which is natural on the internet) caused an alert, they would be literally spammed with alerts, which they could hardly handle.
We shouldn't contact them unless really necessary (and if the traffic spike has valid verifiable referers, then it is not necesssary). That way they will continue to be able to respond to our emails in a timely manner. Please don't spam them.
Hopefully you are just suspended while they investigate something and they'll re-instate you.
Have they actually given you any reason yet - however nebulous - as to why your account is suspended.
As for your options, the terms and conditions are pretty clear that "Participation in the Program is subject to Google prior approval and Your continued compliance with the Program Policies" and if they terminate for cause "Google shall not be liable for any payment based on (a) any amounts which result from invalid queries or invalid clicks <snip> or as a result of any breach of this Agreement by You for any applicable pay period."
Since you agreed to that, if they found something not in compliance I don't think there's a leg to stand on if they decide to terminate.
I honestly did not think it would happen to anyone who played within the rules.
I think this is where, when most people come steaming in saying we are innocent serves you right, that they are making a huge mistake. G does make mistakes and sometimes innocents are kicked out. I wish you good luck but in a strange way it is nice to see someone who is actually believed to be innocent on this board getting kicked out. Perhaps this will stop all the "you're guilty" "admit it" "look you must be guilty you said yyy on post number " responses we see here all too often.
On a slightly different topic if someone does actually get G to court with the aid of a smart lawyer is the burden of proof not on G to PROVE that there was fraud and therefore they would have to reveal their much vaunted algo? Obviosuly they wouldn't want to do that so perhaps an out of court settlement would be reached. Just musing.
I stated my case to the google team in a polite way, and after a few days they came to the conclusion I wasn't responsible for the recent activity and reinstated my account.
Another webmaster here, Suzyvirtual also had their account reinstated.
The best approach is courtesy, I know it's frustrating, but the worst thing for you to do is go in all guns blazing.
Hope it works out for you.
AGAIN THEY would have to PROVE it.
Ahem: read the TOS
"Google may at any time, in its sole discretion, terminate all or part of the Program, terminate this Agreement, or suspend or terminate the participation of any Site in all or part of the Program for any reason"
So, you might be banned because it's monday, because it's not monday and because it's none of the above.
You might (reasonably) think it's unfair, but speaking about lawyers is just useful to let some steam out, I am afraid.
Anyway, best luck to Compworld for getting reinstated!
read the TOS
Regardless of what is in the TOS (some parts are really on the "illegal" borderline and will fail in a court of law). They should be paying you what they owe you up to the point of termination unless they can clearly demonstrate fraud.
They MUST provide clear indication as to why the money they owe you for displaying their ads on your site is being held and not paid.
If you can....then DO take them to court. The judge will force them to disclose their reasons for not paying what they owe YOU. Try the small claims court.
Regardless of what is in the TOS (some parts are really on the "illegal" borderline and will fail in a court of law).
The judge will force them to disclose their reasons for not paying what they owe YOU. Try the small claims court.
The guys from Google must be laughing at your threats...
Grow up and move on
Fryman, i think you're the one that needs some growing up.
Just because something is in a contract doesn't mean a judge will wear it.
Absolutely. There are higher laws governing whatever laws anyone invents and chooses to put in their TOS. The judge will want them to explain and clearly demonstrate their reasons for not paying you for the service you provided.