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10:37 pm on Jul 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've been in Google Adsense since it started. Every month or so, I make a few thousand dollars here an there. Last month I made over 10,000 for my first time ever. I logged in today, and my eCPM is up, as well as my earnings. I just tried to login, but cannot. I receive the following message when I try to login:

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An AdSense account does not exist for this login, as it is associated with an unapproved application. For more information about your application, please review the message we sent to the email address you provided with your application.

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.

10:41 pm on July 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you are certain the login information is correct, it sounds like you have been suspended. Have you checked to make sure your email server or spam program hasn't been blocking their emails? 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.

I also believe there have been some problems in the past with people signing up for AdWords with the same email address as AdSense. Have you just signed up with AdWords by chance?

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email em.

I had that happen when i turned my adwords account into a client-managing account, so instead of my normal login

myname@myplace.com

i had to put

myname+client@myplace.com

try the +client part....

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Are the ads still running on your web site?

If so, that's a VERY GOOD SIGN, if not then PANIC.

There was some mention recently about people having login problems so I wouldn't panic just yet. Make sure your capslock is off, you're typing it right etc. Sometimes when I get a failed login or two I type the password somewhere in plain text just so I can see I typed it right and paste it into the password field and BINGO it works, bad typing vexes me.

If all that fails, email Google immediately.

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No, the tags do not work. I e-mailed them, still waiting for a response. I checked both spam boxes, nothing. I never received an e-mail from them. I just received a check from them last week. What will happen to my earnings from last month? What would happen to my earnings for this month? This suspend first ask questions later does not seem fair or right. I was able to login to my Adwords account w/o a problem though.
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Maybe you're sudden high income was someone mounting a click attack on your web site, if you're innocent you should get it cleared up, it's happened before. I would expect MAYBE to get what you earned less the fraudulent clicks as we have heard of partial account earnings being returned after an audit.

However, I wouldn't expect fast results, especially not on a Friday afternoon near 5PM PST as it's a VERY NICE DAY out (I'm 15 minutes from Google) and people are probably sprinting out the door at the 'plex about now.

Heck, it's SO NICE OUT that I'm contemplating a quick trip to Crate & Barrel to see if they have some of those stemless martini glasses that sit on the bowl of ice for some partying on the patio later ;)

[edited by: incrediBILL at 11:18 pm (utc) on July 8, 2005]

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How do you block fradulet clicks from happening? Never really had this problem before.
11:59 pm on July 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Seems to me a malevolent attack is unlikely to be the ultimate reason your account was banned, if in fact that's what happened.

Just a shot in the dark here, do you do any buying of bulk traffic? That "10,000 visitors to your website for $20" kind of thing? You made a post in another thread that could be interpreted that way.

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I do on occasion, but haven't done so recently. When I do, I do not do it for adsense clicks, I do it for branding and such.
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I do on occasion, but haven't done so recently. When I do, I do not do it for adsense clicks, I do it for branding and such.

Just a month ago you started a thread about seeking an alternative to AdSense because:

I was making like .20 eCPM a couple of weeks back. So I increased the number of impressions, and now I am making an average of .06 CPM.

Can you give more information about "increasing number of impressions". In my opinion there might be a connection with your suspended account. Did you increase the number of impressions by buying visitors, or by a changed site layout, better site navigation etc?

And how comes that according to your post one month ago your eCPM went down with 70% but according to your current post your effective earnings went up with 500%? If I calculate right, this means an impression increase with a factor 15. Not bad.

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No doubt. This is why I had increased my impression allotment for Adsense. The eCPM had gone up significantly where I was making as good as a eCPM as with other networks. I wanted to capitalize on it. Wouldn't you? One of my sites was mentioned in a popular trade magazine, plus I buy a lot of inventory on select CPM networks. Bundle that with Adwords, Overture, Mamma, and a few other search engine PPC's; traffic will grow. Maybe it was the new CPM ads that were kicking in. Didn't really know if it, but could that be possible? I mean, I don;t click on the ads, but I do visit my sites. Even with Adsense on the sites, don't I have a right to, well, visit them and update them?
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If I understand you correctly, you have a site/sites with a large number of daily pageviews and you are capable to allocate advertisement programs to them freely. Sudden changes in number of impressions because of this might raise a red flag at the Googleplex, even if the reason is legitimate as in your case. Seems that the invalid click detection algorithm was triggered by this.
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So what do I do? Sit tight? I've never had an ad network do this to me before. Always tried to stay on the straight and narrow.
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last year , leading newspapers and magazines wrote articles about my website ( a unique concept website in my country), so everyone appreicate my website concept which is very useful for youth. at that time i got huge visitors through newspaper and magazine articles.

i just informed google about the increase in impression and earnings and i request them to visit the newspapers' and magazines' websites to view the articles and i provided them the URLs.

Google replied me with thanks for informing the details.

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.
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Were any of these visitors you purchased from pop-ups or pop-unders? There are a lot of so-called contextual advertisers that are really spyware companies and browser hijackers. Anytime you see the word Contextual, be sure to raise an eyebrow.

If you're not sure, investigate. It's easy to be fooled by some of these companies, especially when they advertise in respectable newsletters and websites, which I have recently seen. Heck, I've even seen their booths at a respected advertising conference in San Francisco.

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respected advertising conference in San Francisco

Isn't that an oxymoron?

I could see how bad purchased traffic with some click-bot to pretend to be traffic could get you in hot water at Chez Google.

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Sudden changes in number of impressions because of this might raise a red flag at the Googleplex, even if the reason is legitimate as in your case. Seems that the invalid click detection algorithm was triggered by this.

Large increases in traffic - even on the scale of a slashdotting - do not automatically trigger an invalid click check. However, the *source* of the traffic could be an issue, and has been for others.

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More than 90% of my traffic is from search engines,will it be a problem?
10:14 am on July 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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More than 90% of my traffic is from search engines,will it be a problem?

Shure not!

Traffic from search engines is the most relevant traffic, a web site can get.

Only traffic from strange sources can be a problem.

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Don't sweat over it.

Look into other content relevant networks. I've recently deployed brightads and cbprosense (replaced adsense on 98% of my pages due to ridicules pay per click amounts - smart pricing they call it) and happy as happy can be for being able to show google the door while maintaining (+) my daily earnings (the earnings I used to seeing when adsense was a fair program).

There are better paying alternatives out there and they will not affect your rankings either.

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please keep us all posted Compworld - this has ramifications for all of us publishers. I don't normally pay much attention to the 'I got banned' threads as they all tend to follow a similar pattern. This one doesn't - so it's a little worrying.

As you are programatically changing the ads on your sites is it possible that you've inadvertently allowed Adsense ads on pages that you shouldn't have - and this has been picked up? This is something that I have to watch out for...

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Anyone know how long it takes for Google to respond to e-mails?
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Have you checked to make sure your email server or spam program hasn't been blocking their emails? 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.

In addition to sending an email about a terms violation it would be nice if Google had a message center when we log in. They can use it to provide TOS updates and new features in addition to warnings of TOS violations.

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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.
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Google Adsense does not like users who earn to much money. From that it's clear for me.
I think G.A. management does not care about common honesty/politeness.

[edited by: desperado117 at 7:45 pm (utc) on July 11, 2005]

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So how do you explain the presence -- and continued participation -- of websites who earn $10,000 or $30,000 or more per month?
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Everytime someone gets suspended from adsense, I see these kind of statements:
Pattern -English as second language etc.
and all kind of racist comments. Now what happened to those super honest souls?
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Perfectliver, as for me I do not care what number of my English (German, French and so on and on) 2nd or 102nd. You may shoot me if you do not like my Englinsh:) So sorry me Perfectliver:), I'm an Eskimo racist. :)

alika, you wrote

So how do you explain the presence -- and continued participation -- of websites who earn $10,000 or $30,000 or more per month?

Really? And who are these happy guys? All the time I hear about such Google "lucky bargees" and as I do not know at least one of them (who CONSTANTLY rakes in the shekels) I think this info comes from GA masked promoters.

And if a company begins to keep silence instead of answering the questions its a first sign of the end of company.

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Jenstar: Large increases in traffic - even on the scale of a slashdotting - do not automatically trigger an invalid click check. However, the *source* of the traffic could be an issue, and has been for others.

Couldn't agree more. Sudden high CTR won't cause a problem either. I've had 25% days, and 5% days back-to-back... think source and quality of traffic are probably the most compelling aspects.

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d117,

The big earners don't post often because they are too busy making money. But they do post, and they do have web sites.

Look at the numbers that Google reports it is earning, and paying out, in the content network. You'll find those numbers in their SEC filings. The numbers are big and growing. Put those against your "first sign of the end of the company."

I don't think so. Just because they won't explain exactly what they think is wrong with your site, or any other site they have banned, is not evidence of dishonesty or impending catastrophe. It's evidence of being somewhat fanatical about not releasing any information that would enable publishers to manipulate the AdSense system. Now, maybe they carry that too far, but that's not necessarily a sign of dishonesty.

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