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[edited by: hannamyluv at 11:16 am (utc) on Apr 30, 2014]
- A reason has to be internally attached to the account ban. The problem was that notifying the publisher for the reason is not a requirement, even if the publisher asks. The exception: The exact reason must be provided if a legal representative contacts Google on behalf of the account holder.
A competitor or malicious person would actively go to their competitorís website(s) or pick a random website running AdSense and begin multiple-clicking and overclicking ads, which they would do over and over again. Of course this would trigger an invalid clicking related ban...
...mainly because it could not be proven if the publisher was actually behind the clicking.
Many innocent publishers would get caught up in bans for invalid clicks which they were not involved in and were never told about.
This issue has been in the awareness of Google for a very long time but nothing was done to rectify the issue and probably never will be. Thus if someone wants to ruin a Google AdSense publishers account, all you would have to do is go to their website, and start click-bombing their Google Ads over and over again, it will lead the servers to detect invalid clicks and poof, they get banned. The publisher would be completely innocent and unaware of the occurrence but be blamed for it anyways.
It doesn't match up with any of my experience, or anything I've seen.
I've hit that (and more) and I'm still here.
wouldn't it be easier just to increase its 32% take a couple of percentage points?
Oh, and a few advertisers wondering if they should jump ship.
has a few investors worried about the fallout
Do you recall Google ever having told a publisher with an attorney the exact reason why they were banned? I may be wrong or even quibbling, but to my memory I have never read of a circumstance where a publisher was told the exact reason they were banned. Usually publishers are given a euphemistic general reason but never the exact reason.