Your Account Has Been Deleted

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Your account has been deleted, your account has been suspended for violations of our terms of service. These are words which make most of us internet marketers hearts drop. Our web hosting, autoresponder services, Google Adwords, Adsense, domain registration YouTube, Facebook, Twitter accounts, Warrior Forum Account and posts(LOL), can all be deleted by one arbitrary click. No trial, no jury, no discussion. Click your business is gone. This is the uncertainty that so many us of working full time on the internet deal with.

What is the answer? Make sure you obey the TOS of every service you do business with? Is this enough? Absolutely not. I have lost accounts of various services while trying my dead level best to follow the TOS. The Google Slap is probably the best example. Can anybody figure out for sure what Google wants exactly? Very frustrating! They change all the time themselves.

So the bottom line you can lose any of your valuable services at anytime by one unilateral decision. No discussion no recourse.

What can you do?

First realize this. You are not safe. Have back ups to your back ups. Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Always be thinking what would I do if I lost this service. Defense must be a habit and it must take place when everything is going great. You cannot wait until everything is gone! Prepare for the worst!

Have you ever had any of your valuable accounts deleted arbitrarily without notice? I would like to hear about your experiences and how you and the service administrators responded. Let me know your stories, the specific services and companies you dealt with. Rant away. I want to know the gory details. Thank you for sharing.

Matt
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  • Profile picture of the author quickregister
    P.S. I just backed up this post to the drafts are of my blog in case anybody deletes it here. I will then back up my blog database with Backupsmart automatically to my hardrive. I will then use a cloud service to back up my data on my hardrive automatically to their servers....Not kidding.
  • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
    It's probably fortunate it happened to me at the start, but I got a life ban from Google adwords when I followed some advice from an IM guru.

    Anyway... It just meant I took a different path into IM, not that I lost my whole business or anything.
  • Profile picture of the author quickregister
    Hi Ben, you are not alone on that one. Thousands were banned by Google. Many were able to come back though. I find often we find better alternatives when we lose valuable services and it makes us grow.
  • Profile picture of the author Greyhounds
    I guess the best thing we can do is stick to the rules and "don't put all of your eggs in one basket!"
  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    So far, i haven't experienced it. You will happen to be on it if you did not obey their TOS. Just as simple as obeying the TOS, you will never get the chance that your account will be deleted, blocked or banned.
    • Profile picture of the author quickregister
      Unfortunately I have found that even if you scrupulously follow the TOS it is still possible to have your accounts deleted. Sometimes companies change their TOS.
    • Profile picture of the author ray777
      Originally Posted by Claire Sharp View Post

      So far, i haven't experienced it. You will happen to be on it if you did not obey their TOS. Just as simple as obeying the TOS, you will never get the chance that your account will be deleted, blocked or banned.
      Yeah but when you sign up for something do you read the terms of service? Or do you just click accept? If you do read it can you understand it all?

      A few days ago I signed up for a youtube account. I copy and pasted their TOS into my word processor and it was 19 pages. I gave up reading and just clicked accept.
  • Profile picture of the author Christian Little
    People get suspended all the time, especially if you are with HostGator, they are a little trigger happy with the ban hammer.

    As the owner of a web hosting company, I can say that in the past 4 months or so I've had to suspend 3 accounts because they violated our AUP. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. 2 of the people I suspended probably knew it was going to happen, they didn't even try to contact us.
    • Profile picture of the author zeeawk
      Originally Posted by Christian Little View Post

      People get suspended all the time, especially if you are with HostGator, they are a little trigger happy with the ban hammer.

      As the owner of a web hosting company, I can say that in the past 4 months or so I've had to suspend 3 accounts because they violated our AUP. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. 2 of the people I suspended probably knew it was going to happen, they didn't even try to contact us.
      What are some reasons a web hosting account would be suspended?
  • Profile picture of the author ChrisMcDonald
    Yup...my Peerfly account was closed without question within minutes after receiving funds. This was on the back of a WSO too the Warrior has gone quiet as has the Freelancer I used ;( wasn't a good start, but I haven't been put off.
  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    And if you create Facebook groups, be sure you have multiple administrators so it won't get orphaned if one admin is knocked off.
  • Profile picture of the author traderbenji
    I had my adwords account suspended, now the best bit is, I hadn't done any advertising with them for one and a half months to two months. Their reason was, crappy landing pages or something like that...I'm like what the, I haven't been advertising and supposably im sending traffic to poor quality pages. I laughed a lot and then put my thinking cap on and had to find alternatives, which is possibly one of the best things to happen as I found free sources, and cheap sources as alternatives to the traffic I would have gotten and was getting.
  • Profile picture of the author redfieryheart
    I am now suspended with Yahoo answer for the reason so unclear to me. I just answered some questions with relevance but then I am still suspended...thinking to change my account there...
  • Profile picture of the author rob1980
    I've seen this happen with yahoo with a few friends of mine, it took them a while to get things back on track again.
  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    yeah the problem is their TOS change overnight no warning then all of a sudden yuu are brsking them so are booted off.

    The more control you have the better you are and palying the Google/Paypal/Ebay TOS game is a futile road to travel down.
    • Profile picture of the author quickregister
      Yes you can go nuts trying to comply in detail with all the TOS. It got so bad one time I thought hey I know how to make money. Just go into every business that is against Google's TOS (I am joking... sort of)

      Originally Posted by sloanjim View Post

      yeah the problem is their TOS change overnight no warning then all of a sudden yuu are brsking them so are booted off.

      The more control you have the better you are and palying the Google/Paypal/Ebay TOS game is a futile road to travel down.
  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    yeah in 2003 I lost my accounts..emails everything no questions asked. Why? I got 3 spam compplaints when i sent a messgae to my 7,000 list...

    I have lost just about every account in my 13 years online.....90% i had no idea why..... It's why I think trying to juggle too many "balls at once online" leads to massive frustration.

    It really depends on the specific hosting company.
  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    i had the word stock picks in my web address....wasn't even usng it but man......I can't believe how paranoid some of thes hosting companies are these days...you sneeze too loudly it's like "we'll be banning you for that..."
    What are some reasons a web hosting account would be suspended?
    • Profile picture of the author quickregister
      Yes sometimes if you just "seem" to be in the wrong neighborhood some companies will not take the time to actually analyze what is going on. Maybe you had a site which told people not to make stock picks. Who knows. I find the more you are paying for hosting though the more leeway you have. Let's face it. Yahoo and Google aggregate some of the most offensive violent even illegal content on the web and their servers are up.
      Originally Posted by sloanjim View Post

      i had the word stock picks in my web address....wasn't even usng it but man......I can't believe how paranoid some of thes hosting companies are these days...you sneeze too loudly it's like "we'll be banning you for that..."
  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    yeah i was exactly the same. They told me i was breaking their TOS on my landing pages...So I paused all campaiugns and told them so...everything was ok then 6 months later i have been suspeneded for "continous breaking their TOS"

    I even emailed them after the first incident and they aid everything was now fine..I guess a new worker took over and decided to kiss his bosses ass for a day?

    Lesson is you simply cannot rely on any other biz for your biz!
    I had my adwords account suspended, now the best bit is, I hadn't done any advertising with them for one and a half months to two months. Their reason was, crappy landing pages or something like that...I'm like what the, I haven't been advertising and supposably im sending traffic to poor quality pages. I laughed a lot and then put my thinking cap on and had to find alternatives, which is possibly one of the best things to happen as I found free sources, and cheap sources as alternatives to the traffic I would have gotten and was getting.
    • Profile picture of the author hikerguy777
      The lesson is you have to have multiple sources of revenue of course. I just got banned by google adwords and when I appealed sent me a note back saying I was deleted (no explanation).
  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by quickregister View Post


    First realize this. You are not safe. Have back ups to your back ups. Do not put all your eggs in one basket.
    Thats why i married 3 times in 3 states, solves the problem of having all my eggs in the same basket and if one breaks down or fails, i have a back up in 2 more states. (They say not to keep back ups in the same location.)
    • Profile picture of the author quickregister
      Very funny Pete! I like the way you think. But I hear you. Eventually you can only have so many back ups. You just have to do your best and try to work your way up the food chain.

      Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

      Thats why i married 3 times in 3 states, solves the problem of having all my eggs in the same basket and if one breaks down or fails, i have a back up in 2 more states. (They say not to keep back ups in the same location.)
  • Profile picture of the author serena85
    I think that I read a post like this many years ago and after that I expended my business and after that I begin selling add space on my websites.
  • Profile picture of the author tgdrew
    One of the reasons that Google is so strict on the TOS agreement is due to all the abusers of the tools. So many people abuse the system which ruins it for the whole of us.
    • Profile picture of the author quickregister
      Originally Posted by tgdrew View Post

      One of the reasons that Google is so strict on the TOS agreement is due to all the abusers of the tools. So many people abuse the system which ruins it for the whole of us.
      I am sure that is true big time. We have not heard much from their side. But still I believe they deleted many accounts of people who truly were trying their best to be within the rules. I would be helpful if they were very clear and consistent with their terms and tried to deal with people more like human beings. I know, though, that is expensive.
  • Profile picture of the author Marc Lindsay
    Yep my adwords account..... twice.

    I got it back through sheer luck and talking to the right people.

    Right people.... not being their support.

    Marc
  • Profile picture of the author JamesJeffery
    Try being sued by Facebook and losing a lot of money. Happened to me on a large scale. I'm now permantly banned from Facebook. If I ever join, I'll have a lawsuit on my a$$.

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