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My Google Adsense account was banned because of someone else!

     
12:42 am on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This is my first ever post in any forum but i feel that i need to have my say for once.

I have completed my first website and naturaly adsense is one of the main revenue streams. The site has all original content, photos i have taken myself and not ripped of the net, it validates well and is very search engine friendly. I have always followed google terms and agreements to the letter, yet i have been dropped like a hot potato for something that was completely out of my control. You'll like this as it is a very unique story.

Where i live i am known for being a website designer, and have always told people the domain of my site with no problems what so ever until recently. I had an argument with someone over the pettiest matter known to man, biscuits or something like that. As revenge he decided to visit my website and go mad on the ad's knowing this would result in me being banned. I have notified google explaining the situation using the appropriate methods, i have provided them with the persons ip address and am waiting for them to respond.

I was curious what other members think my chances are of being re-instated.

3:35 am on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'd have to say that they probably aren't good. Even though you may be able to prove that you had nothing to do with it, from Google's point of view it looks like you are a sort of trouble magnet, because you've had this experience so soon after starting up the site. It could easily happen again. Why take a chance? You may be reinstated but if you are I'd advise you to avoid petty arguments in future....
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... knowing this would result in me being banned.

I've been with AdSense since 2003 and I don't know this. There's talk of it sometimes, rumors, etc., but nothing official and factual.

If it were this easy to get an account banned, there would be lots more threads here about this type of thing happening. It would seriously choke the ability of AdSense to function as every publisher would be takng a huge risk just by putting time and effort into building a site.

You may be reinstated but if you are I'd advise you to avoid petty arguments in future....

And that whole "loose lips sink ships" thing.

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8:38 am on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi kalell1983,
Sorry to hear that you were banned by google. But as farmboy rightly said that this may not be the reason for you getting banned.
Otherwise it would have been really easy to ban each and every competitor of yours.
Google has got much sophisticated systems than we think. They will easily nullify clicks of a Mad Man clicking on your site.
So try to find out the reason with your website design and SEO thing is you have done any of this.

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8:40 am on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Sorry for the earlier message.It is not clear from your posting whether you are just concerned or google has taken any action against you.

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I had an argument with someone over the pettiest matter known to man, biscuits or something like that

I'm very curious about that bit, you actually argued over what? How old are you? Did you actually send Google that story?

Yes people and sites get banned for trivial reasons in their eyes but to Google and advertisers there could be bigger issues, if your site is new(ish) and more trouble than it's worth you could get the boot, on the plus side, you seem young and web savvy so you probably can build more sites and explore other means of monetizing, and who knows, maybe even Google will give you another chance, so don't take it too hard, your pictures site probably wouldn't make it big with AdSense anyway.

1:10 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Rule #1 of adsense... Don't talk about adsense.
4:44 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just as a precaution, I tend to check my Adsense stats once a day and if I see anything that stands out, like an abnormally huge number of clicks - I send an email to google. It's happened just once in 2 years.
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Thanks for all the good advice, I have informed google that the situation has been fully rectified with the person responsible and have blocked all local ip access to my site. I'am now just waiting for their decision.
1:51 am on Feb 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good luck!

I had a similar issue occur on my website and after I sent in the appeal form, it took about 3 weeks to get a response which stated my website would be removed. They didn't provide a reason or an e-mail to respond to (NO REPLY address sent me the mail)

Hopefully you'll have better luck with it, I've since started looking into other programs to use.

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This is a good reason to not tell people you know about your sites....
most of my friends don't know, family and close friends, and they've been told to never click the ads :)
11:37 am on Feb 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Please read this link posted by signor_john in another thread.
[googleblog.blogspot.com...]
It will simply change all your thinking of how google determine the invalid clicks and how and when ban publishers. After reading that paper I felt that your site must be having something which is against the TOS knowingly or unknowingly.
Thanks
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5:20 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think Google is very impatient with new publishers. Every once in a while, there is someone who swears he has not done anything wrong, and Google banned him. Even though some of them may not be entirely accurate with the truth, I think for new publishers, Google has a very low threshold. It's like, if they are trouble, better not have them.
6:15 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I fully agree with Google being impatient with new publishers.
Many moons ago I did click on my own ad 1 time. I emailed them and told them and they sent me back such a nice email - really they did lol
Now days ---- I doubt I would get the same type of response.

I also agree mum is the word to most about my sites!

6:16 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Every once in a while, there is someone who swears he has not done anything wrong, and Google banned him.

And it's always a new user making his first post, never to be heard again.

I'll be worried when it strikes real users with some history on this site, where you can assume they do things by the book.