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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.
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?
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.