Just got my adsense disabled for invalid clicks, yet I did do anything wrong.

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Hi guys,
My adsense account just got disabled for invalid clicks, I have never ever clicked on my own ads or broken any of the TOS for that matter. I got click bombed last week and reported the suspicious activity to google almost immediately. I've just submitted an appeal, and google says that I will have to wait a week or more before I get a result.

This whole thing has really shaken me up as I rely on my adsense as a significant part of my income and I have always been soooo careful to follow googles TOS to a t.

Anyway thought I would share this as it seems that click bombing is still alive and working. I will get back to yous with what google's out come is.

It will be interesting to see if google really protects their publishers from these kind of attacks.

Glen-Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author The Dead Guy
    I wish you luck. I think it's a good thing that you notified them right away.

    I know of another person who went through the same thing, and he was cleared (but it took quite awhile). He not only notified Google, but he also pulled all his ads until he could find out what was going on.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eyetrap
      I know 2 people that got banned last night too. Both got an invalid click email.
      Sorry to hear that man.
  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I just got banned from google adsense too yesterday for the same reason...

    Yesterday wasn't a good day for adsense users..
    • Profile picture of the author yukon
      Originally Posted by rmolina88 View Post

      I just got banned from google adsense too yesterday for the same reason...

      Yesterday wasn't a good day for adsense users..
      Actually yesterday was a very good day ($$) for me & I'm an Adsense publisher.

      My Adsense/Feedburner email list is doing very well.

      My brother is kicking butt with Youtube/Adsense (very consistent earnings).

      My point is, just because a few people have a problem with their Adsense accounts, doesn't mean everyone is having the same problem.

      Chances are the traffic source is what's killing Adsense accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobuddy
    Nowadays, google started to ban accounts in bunch and not delivering proper reasons, that shows how they love their publishers...

    Just move on to CPA or affiliate programs, that would be better way to make money and even more than adsense!
  • Profile picture of the author jubril58
    Google, Can Ban your accounts pretty easily. You should be fine, though if you didnt do any ill play. Then again it's google that can ban you on just suspicion.
  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Take it as a blessing in disguise, I've been down that road, lost almost $1900 finalized earnings. I work with other companies, and I have people I can actually speak to if there are any issues, no hidden agendas. Don't get me wrong, there are people making a lot of money with adsense but I sleep better at night not having to deal with them anymore.
    There have been a lot of innocent people banned, and even some very reputable bloggers that were screwed over too. Whatever happens, use this as a warning sign to diversify, best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author traffic2
    Google will protect the advertisers WAY before they side with the publisher. Rightfully so. The advertisers is where Google makes all its money. Publishers are a dime a dozen and if they detect any suspicious activity they will play it safe and just ban your account. If every publisher in the world had just 1 invalid click a month that would probably cost Google Millions a month. So they have to be strict. Sometimes suspended accounts can happen to innocent people but Google has very sophisticated ways to detect click validity and I would say 9x out of 10 the publisher broke TOS somehow. I highly doubt you will get your account back. You can get another account if you have an LLC to register it under.
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  • Profile picture of the author KeepItSimpleSilly
    Just keep at it, I'm sure you can get unbanned if you let them know right away. Its unfortunate but it happens!
  • Profile picture of the author patco
    Adsense bans every day hundreds (or thousand!) of users... In some cases WITHOUT any reason.. I think you should forget about them and begin with another one... Adsense lost about 75% of their users last year... And this process will continue!
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    • Profile picture of the author glenandrew
      Originally Posted by patco View Post

      Adsense bans every day hundreds (or thousand!) of users... In some cases WITHOUT any reason.. I think you should forget about them and begin with another one... Adsense lost about 75% of their users last year... And this process will continue!

      So if google bans most of its publishers while at the same time making it hard for new publishers signing up... what are they trying to do? What is the future of adsense?

      I know that they are pushing very had to get more advertisers. Everytime I log into adwords they call me and and try to talk me into using adwords even though I always show no actual interest in it.
    • Profile picture of the author Vegaed1
      Originally Posted by patco View Post

      Adsense bans every day hundreds (or thousand!) of users... In some cases WITHOUT any reason.. I think you should forget about them and begin with another one... Adsense lost about 75% of their users last year... And this process will continue!

      How did you come up with 75%?
    • Profile picture of the author SEOChemist
      Originally Posted by patco View Post

      Adsense lost about 75% of their users last year... And this process will continue!
      I would call bull**** on that number. Do you have a source?
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  • Profile picture of the author Blakers
    Yep, I got banned yesterday too. I've been moving away from Adsense anyway because your account can be banned at any time for whatever reason they want to give. Moving on.....
  • Profile picture of the author DPM70
    The thing is, in threads like these you only hear from the dolts that screwed up their adsense accounts. For all of those there is a huge unheard population that find adsense provides a worthwhile return for their content.

    I'd never rely on it, but it's great source to tap into right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author King444
    Originally Posted by glenandrew View Post

    Hi guys,
    My adsense account just got disabled for invalid clicks, I have never ever clicked on my own ads or broken any of the TOS for that matter. I got click bombed last week and reported the suspicious activity to google almost immediately. I've just submitted an appeal, and google says that I will have to wait a week or more before I get a result.

    This whole thing has really shaken me up as I rely on my adsense as a significant part of my income and I have always been soooo careful to follow googles TOS to a t.

    Anyway thought I would share this as it seems that click bombing is still alive and working. I will get back to yous with what google's out come is.

    It will be interesting to see if google really protects their publishers from these kind of attacks.

    Glen-Andrew
    Sorry for you, but it's not your fault!! In 2012 Google decide to destroy it's own business with all his updates, Panda and more.. Stay Tuned!!
    • Profile picture of the author glenandrew
      Originally Posted by King444 View Post

      Sorry for you, but it's not your fault!! In 2012 Google decide to destroy it's own business with all his updates, Panda and more.. Stay Tuned!!
      I have worked out a new business model... BUY GOOGLE PUT OPTIONS!!!
  • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
    I got banned today too for the same reason. Did appeal but won't matter. Oh well...nothing can be done.
  • Profile picture of the author Muhammad Iqbal
    Originally Posted by glenandrew View Post

    Hi guys,
    My adsense account just got disabled for invalid clicks, I have never ever clicked on my own ads or broken any of the TOS for that matter. I got click bombed last week and reported the suspicious activity to google almost immediately. I've just submitted an appeal, and google says that I will have to wait a week or more before I get a result.

    This whole thing has really shaken me up as I rely on my adsense as a significant part of my income and I have always been soooo careful to follow googles TOS to a t.

    Anyway thought I would share this as it seems that click bombing is still alive and working. I will get back to yous with what google's out come is.

    It will be interesting to see if google really protects their publishers from these kind of attacks.

    Glen-Andrew

    Dont be sad my fellow warrior :p... I have feel what you feeling now.. But I Make a Conclusion with online marketing...

    1. Dont think adsense is only one gold mind in make money online
    2. Be Positive
    3. Try with other Way (Pink Hat or Blue Hat )
    4. Pray

    Thats it,,, And You always happy although You Have problems...

    Chayo.....
  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Even though google doesn't owe anything to you the worse part is when you house their ads on your site, they finalize your earnings and they pull a few days before you are suppose to get paid.

    The funny thing is I keep reading about how sophisticated google is, and I hate to break it to you, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

    When I was banned from google adsense, I was following the terms religiously. I had an account for several years and had even been paid by them before.

    After my aprox. $1900 finalized earnings were taken away, appeal denied, and being completely left in the dark I did some investigation.

    I found other websites with less content (some with really crappy content), same adsense layout still there for months at a time.

    Even one of my competitors has a big freaking title/sign above his adsense ads saying other medical websites.

    It just makes me cringe that he has been able to maintain that adsense for months with that obvious violation of the TOS.

    So to set the record straight, don't give them more credit then they deserve. It's only a matter of time before adsense loses its lead in the markets.

    For myself, one of the outlets I took was through educational leads. I have someone I can directly call, IM, at business hours that manages my account, lets me know when there are issues, etc.

    That is the legitimate way you do a business, and if you want to make it in this industry that is the type of professional relationships you should build.

    As for everyone chasing the adsense dream, sure it can be there, it may last for you, but you are highly at stake for waking up in the morning to that dreaded message.

    I am personally glad to get that garbage off my website, things look a lot more professional, if anyone has been banned and needs any advice where to turn, feel free to PM me.
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  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    i agree, i got banned last night as well. i was extremely careful with my adsense sites. they banne me because one of my sites did not receive emails. they are looking for reasons to bann us. they totally suck.....
    i am moving on to blogs and cpa. there are other adsnese providers other than google.
  • Profile picture of the author glenandrew
    My appeal has failed. Funny thing is that everyone in the same boat as me who all got disabled on Friday. We have all been talking and we all got the same email at exactly the same time. So I'm thinking that appeals are not even reviewed by humans otherwise everyone's results should come at different times
    • Profile picture of the author Dellco
      One thing to bear in mind is that presently Adsense has between 2,000,0000 - 3,000,000 publishers worldwide, that figure was revealed by a Google engineer on their forum.

      To me, that is a VERY large figure, when you consider that only about 3 years ago, they were still offering email support. Anyone remember that?

      Obviously, Google cleans up house from time to time, and this very likely involves arbitrarily banning accounts. Perhaps not in the past, but now it is happening. Everything is done with automation.

      They even banned a Premium Publisher a couple of weeks ago, that was making a VERY huge amount from Adsense. That guy just got banned like that and he could not even contact anyone at Adsense although he was a Premium Publisher....the guy had to go to the forum to appeal. You would think with the amount he is making, and his "status", that he would get a human review. Nope, and I think his appeal was turned down.

      If you ask me considering all that is going on including their massive algo updates recently, I would say there are "dark" undercurrents swirling inside Google as of this moment, and as I said in another thread, it does not look good.
  • Profile picture of the author mec64
    I'm sorry to hear that everyone is having such a tough time with Adsense of late. I just reponded to a similar thread that involved click bombing by a visitor, and the person is appealing the ban due to the matter being out of his hands.

    That's the difficult part about being such a big advertising medium. They probably figure it's cheaper to cut their losses than to hire more people to police the situation. There are other alternatives to Adsense, so I hope you are all taking it in stride.

    It's not easy to bounce back from getting banned, but if you made it with Adsense you can definitely find another ad provider or another monetization method. I wish you all good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author zachary0611
    I got banned a couple years back for one of my arcade sites and they wouldn't tell me why I was banned except for that I was a threat to their advertisers. I was like what does that mean?
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam James
    Adsense is a great way of making a consistent income online, but is a little scary when you hear these stories. If you are going to do adsense in the future make sure to have another stream of income otherwise you just get wiped out whenever google decides to pull the pin on you.
  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    As I said in my huge post YOU GUYS ARE SLAVES TO GOOGLE
    they can kick you to the curb in 5 minutes

    If you get invalid clicks they do not care if you report it or not
    their policy is ban the user, its cleaner for them than trying to prove who did what to who and why

    and dont go crying to them for reconsideration, they dont reply to emails
    you are nothing but a number to them, they have money you dont
    and they dont care
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
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      Originally Posted by outwest View Post

      As I said in my huge post YOU GUYS ARE SLAVES TO GOOGLE
      they can kick you to the curb in 5 minutes

      If you get invalid clicks they do not care if you report it or not
      their policy is ban the user, its cleaner for them than trying to prove who did what to who and why

      and dont go crying to them for reconsideration, they dont reply to emails
      you are nothing but a number to them, they have money you dont
      and they dont care
      Yeah yeah yeah, facebook, twitter, youtube pffff, good luck with getting targetted traffic from them when you want to sell tv's or bicycles or anything like that.

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