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7:26 pm on Apr 22, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I've had my Adsense for Content account for just over 9 years as of now. But last night, it was disabled without any sort of warning for non-compliance with program policies.

This account in its entire lifetime has ALWAYS been in good standing with Google. It has NEVER been suspended or even received a warning for violating policies or invalid traffic.

What's odd is that 2 hours after the account was disabled, the payment for last month's earnings were still issued even though the account was already disabled.

I personally checked all of my sites and everything seems to be compliant from what I can see. I was never given a warning so I never had a chance to resolve whatever violation google found before the account was disabled.

Any ideas about this? Could it be an error on Google's part? Any input on how I could get it back? I submitted an appeal but not sure if that will go anywhere.

I've searched tirelessly on the internet and have not found anything similar to what happened with my account. Either people have gotten warnings before getting disabled, suspended, or they were disabled without warning for invalid traffic. I would think for an account being established and in good standing for so long I would at least get warning or get suspended for 30 days.
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@asolidimgood welcome to webmaster world.

This sounds strange and it could very well be an error on Adsense's part.

But about a year ago (if I am not mistaken) Adsense began disabling accounts that had been inactive or with very little activity for on long period of time. Is it possible that this might be your situation? Have you been consistently reaching the monthly minimum? If this is the case, I have no idea what you could do about it.

If it isn't then maybe it is a mistake. In any case I would file a reconsideration request as you have nothing to loose.
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No it wasn't inactive it was earning about $8k per month.
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There are not many option available to you. Besides the appeal that you already submitted there is not much else to do. Switch to Media.net. Others here might have some other suggestions.
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Hello asolidimgood, we do have a reference post [webmasterworld.com] for things to look at while you are in this situation and waiting for a response from the people at AdSense. Many things mentioned may not be relevant to your specific case, but you may find some insight and resources in that post. I hope it is helpful.
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Sorry for your asolidimgood.

$8.000 / mo sounds a huge amount, especially nowadays (I can't even imagine a small business succeeding to generate so much adsense income in a month). You certainly have an account manager with such volume of transactions, can't you contact him by phone ?
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Hi asolidimgood and welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com]

Could another site have been using your Adsense account code? Maybe a site that is *not* in compliance with Adsense guidelines, and possible you had not designated which sites were allowed to use your account (Adsense > Settings > My Sites.)
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1. If you were not warned or given a temporary suspension, then the reason must have been a serious and on-going one and not one that is amenable to being fixed in the short term
2. Given the amount you were earning monthly, then assume this this was checked and signed off by someone higher up the food chain
3. The biggest mistake you have now made is filing an appeal when you have not worked it out.

You have run out of options. Find another way to monetize the site.
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8k a month is quite a lot nowadays. This sounds suspicious. Are you sure you're not doing anything illegal? Like partnering with low-quality ad networks, search engines, or directory sites in efforts to increase traffic to your site(s)?
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Are you, by chance, based in the EU and did you receive the cookie consent [webmasterworld.com] e-mail? If so, did you comply? The deadline was March 28, and they did say it could result in the disabling of your account.

8k a month is quite a lot nowadays. This sounds suspicious.

There's nothing suspicious about the simple fact of earning 8k with AdSense. But getting suspended without warning certainly implies the violation is serious.

I wouldn't rush to file an appeal, since it's probably your only chance of getting the account re-enabled. Triple-check all your sites, their traffic and content, for possible violations, perhaps have someone else look them over, and describe all your efforts in your appeal.
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There's nothing suspicious about the simple fact of earning 8k with AdSense.


If it's a big shot company, it's not suspicious. But the fact he didn't get a warning or does not have an Adsense account manager to contact is highly suspicious.
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It's unknown at what point (revenue or traffic) you're assigned an account manager.

What might help is to search your access logs for recent visits from Google-owned IP addresses. If you're lucky, you might find out what page(s) they visited.
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$8k per month is at least 10 million page views. You definitely have a designated account manager for that. You don't search the web why your account was disabled without any reason. You contact your Adsense account manager for that.

Op, make sure to check your Junk mail if you haven't already.
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$8k per month is at least 10 million page views.


Not necessarily.
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Around. Give or take 2 million.
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Around. Give or take 2 million.


That is a really broad statement and not applicable to all sites. Mine, for instance. I make a living with Adsense and get nowhere near 10 million, give or take 2 million.
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Now and then this kind of horror story pops up....

Sudden disabling was very common when Adsense was relatively new, but you would think the system has matured enough to grow out of this. What with all the checks and deductions and flow back systems in place nowadays...

For example, Adsense nowadays deducts invalid traffic from your account before payout. And I have heard huge percentages get deducted nowadays from what others are saying, more than enough to fry any account back in the day....

$8k a month is nearly $100k a year. Pretty good income for Adsense, if you are just an individual.
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Not saying it is applicable here but almost every time something like that happened and I followed the person's story, there was an egregious element uncovered that he thought was okay "since so many other people do it also".
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almost every time something like that happened and I followed the person's story, there was an egregious element uncovered

Same, though most of the time these are just drive-by posts and you never hear back from the OP.
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Same, though most of the time these are just drive-by posts and you never hear back from the OP.

Seems like this is what happened...
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My guess is the subject matter of the sites have been blacklisted by Google for a "shoot at site" sweep. Things like "hate speech."

Also, sites with extremely sensational/false articles as their primary modus operandi.

A lot of people are selling these "courses" and "systems," where they teach people to create sites with false clickbait content.
Then how to push massive amounts of traffic to it from Facebook ads. Google is cracking down hard on these.