Adsense Ad Serving Disabled - Next Step?

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I'm in disbelief right now, I've been reading the threads for a long time, and I am lost as to why i received this email. I have a powerful site with high quality original content, low bounce rate, good navigation, privacy policy, and great traffic along with an adsense account that is almost 3 years old.

I got this message today, and it doesn't make a damn bit of sense, I'm wondering what my next step should be, should I wait a century for a manual review, say the hell with adsense and move on to something else?

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Hello,

During a recent review of your account we found that you are currently
displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our program
policies
(https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-1pp-en).

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EXAMPLE PAGE: http://yourphlebotomytrainingguide.com/

Please note that this URL is an example and that the same violations may
exist on other pages of this website or other sites in your network.

VIOLATION(S) FOUND:

It is important for a site displaying AdSense to offer significant value
to the user by providing unique and relevant content, and not to place ads
on auto-generated pages or pages with little to no original content.

Your site should also provide a good user experience through clear
navigation and organization. Users should be able to easily click through
your pages and find the information they are seeking.

Please review Google's Webmaster Quality Guidelines (
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66361 ) for
more information.

ACTION TAKEN: We have disabled ad serving to your site.

ACCOUNT STATUS: ACTIVE
Your AdSense account remains active. However, please note that our team
reserves the right to disable your account at any time. As such, we
encourage you to become familiar with our program policies and monitor
your network accordingly.
#adsense #disabled #serving #step
  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
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    • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
      The privacy policy is under site information on the right, so they can't be upset about that, thats the first thing I put on my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author carljohn
    It is a content issue as stated. Maybe they think you don't have the proficient to write on such topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author vjandroid1
    I'm not pretty much sure about my answer but when I gone through your source code I found this "{<div id="sidebar" class="sidebar widget-area">
    <div id="text-8" class="widget widget_text"><div class="widget-wrap"> <div class="textwidget"><script type="text/javascript"><!--
    google_ad_client = "pub-4691960365906998";
    /* Main Page Smaller Sidebar 250x250, created 8/8/11 */
    google_ad_slot = "5811985992";
    google_ad_width = 250;
    google_ad_height = 250;
    //-->
    </script>
    <script type="text/javascript"
    src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">
    </script></div> "
    </div></div>}"


    and if I go through the "https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-1pp-en" under,
    Ad behavior

    AdSense code may not be altered, nor may the standard behavior, targeting or delivery of ads be manipulated in any way that is not explicitly permitted by Google. This includes but is not limited to the following: clicking Google ads may not result in a new browser window being launched, nor may Google ads be placed in an IFRAME.


    The underlined phrase I thought was the thing which google may have found to be violating.


    Dont consider it if you think I'm wrong,just I made a hit to help you..nothing more than that..
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Thanks for the suggestion, I don't think its that as far as I understand...
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Yeh I put up adbrite for now, not sure what im going to do, there goes ALOT of money monthly down the drain....
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    My speculation...

    Placed on pages published specifically for the purpose of showing ads.
    Sites showing Google ads should be easy for users to navigate.

    or

    Competitive ads and services

    In order to prevent user confusion, publishers may not display Google ads or search boxes on websites that also contain other ads or services formatted to use the same layout and colours as the Google ads or search boxes on that site. Although you may sell ads directly on your site, it is your responsibility to ensure that these ads cannot be confused with Google ads.

    My first reaction when visiting your site was "Where's the content?". Second reaction, why is the only menu item "HOME". Third reaction, he doesn't care if I read content, this is just a holder for a multitude of CPA, Google (Now Adbrite), and Amazon ads. In other words, OVER MONETIZED. Which may have triggered the "Competitive Ads and Services" clause.

    But, that is all just speculation...

    As far as action steps..I'd try removing some of the other ads, improve my top menu, move my content up so it is visible above the fold, and then ask for a review.
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  • Profile picture of the author outwest
    If You are making most of the money from Adsense on that site why all the other ads?

    If the adsense account is still active, Not sure how that works, I guess you can submit a url for reconsideration but if it were me, I would certainly run the site by a few board members before you do that. The comments on your site are a bit , well not good
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Thanks for the replies, in response to a few things:

    I've looked at least 50 other sites in my niche and similar niches that are on page 1, many set up the same way, so it can't be my ad placement (because their adsense is there), some of them, the entire top of the page was all ads and you couldn't even see content till you scrolled down. On my site the recent articles are right there.

    My site has 15 articles, which believe it or not, is good enough for me, I wouldn't want to oversaturate my site with B.S. articles like many site owners do just to rank for more long tail keywords. My articles cover many of the questions asked by people looking in this niche.

    The site is very easy to navigate, matter a fact, it has a very simple layout. All the information you need is right there, and there are many successful sites just like mine that use the same theme and a very similar layout.

    As for there only being the home menu. There is no need for other menus. The site has a very direct focus, meant to provide the information you need right there.

    The only thing that could possibly be a factor is the other services, but adsense has never stated that I couldn't have different ads on my site. I feel this is a very clean site, and this very vague response I received for a site that was making a tremendous amount of money as well as having a very low bounce rate is a damn joke.

    My articles are high quality, original, and well written. I have a privacy policy, and I have all the information most people need when it comes to this niche.

    My adsense account is still active, I'm just confused why they left me in the dark on this, and to wait for a manual review which will take over a month is a slap in the face.

    I know my choices are a little limited now at least terms of high-deliver contextual advertising, but I'm trying to figure out what would be a good alternative for the medical niche.

    To Outwest: "The comments on your site are a bit, well not good" - ???? - Not following you on that, who's comments?? The comments above? Comments on my actual site?
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Btw Barry, I appreciate your response, my biggest discrepancy with this all is this has to be a guessing game. I think it's a shame with all the money google makes, they can't have a more direct service where they have hired people that can work with publishers immediately to get things correct instead of making them wonder specifically what the problem is.
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  • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
    I went through something similar back in September, except I never recevied a message like this. Instead, out of nowhere one day, nearly half of my Adsense niche sites were gone. Noticed it when checking a particular website to see what pages were indexed and none showed up.

    I immediately went over to file a recon request and waited for over 2 weeks with zero response. So, I went ahead and did it again. Besides, what did I have to lose? I wrote them a nice, lengthy letter and gave them VERY detailed and specific reasons as to why my sites were not in violation of their guidelines. I spelled everything out to show them why my sites served a purpose and deserved to be where they were.

    After that, I played the waiting game. Periodically, I would check to see if a site was indexed or not from time to time. Nearly 2 weeks later, to my surprise, my sites were all back. I logged into Google Webmaster Tools and had a "Manual Spam Action Revoked" message. In other words, the sites were deemed to meet the quality guidelines and were pushed back into the index. I finally won the battle.

    Everyone asked me what "tricks" I used to get my sites back, and I always tell them the same thing - nothing. I believed in what I had and pled my case. I probably spent AT LEAST a good hour writing up my response, making sure I covered all grounds and provided as much evidence as possible.

    After looking at your site, I would place the "Contact Us" and "Privacy Policy" links right up the nav menu next to your "Home" button. I would also clean up the layout a bit, because it does look like too much above the fold. Try switching to a 2-column theme instead.

    At this point, you don't have much to lose, so why not make a couple of changes and submit for a recon request? Unless you can easily switch your monetization methods and can make more from it, I would give the recon request a shot. Worst case is that they say no. Just keep on trying.

    It does suck that Google isn't very helpful in letting you know what exactly is wrong with your site and points out exactly what you need to fix, but I imagine that would take thousands of man hours to do and they most likely don't have time to point out errors in every website out there.

    I've been there man, so I know how you feel. Give the recon request a go after you mess around with a few things and let us know how things turn out for you. Most people never bother putting up the fight because they think they will lose. If you believe in what you have, stand up for it. That's all you can do man.
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Yeh I posted another thread about getting banned, my adsense account of almost 3 years. Invalid clicks they say, yet they finalized my $1880 Nov earnings, and now that is gone.

    Thank you for the advice bhuff, I remember months ago when I saw your thread about what happened to you. Sadly, I don't think there is much more I can do here when it comes to adsense as I had submited a professional request for more information when the ad serving was disabled.

    Now my biggest issue is figuring out how to build websites from here. Everything seems to be a double-edged sword. I can rank websites very easily, I have mastered keyword research, and building websites. The problem is, if I wanted to be purely white hat and stay in googles good graces as I did with one of my websites, it is virtually impossible to rank in a reasonable time and make money (correct me if im wrong).

    So now the question is, should I detach my google analytics to my sites (will that even matter when it comes to google deindexing), cuz I have this feeling as with anything in life, sh**t happens in waves.

    And I was just about to start an amazon affiliate website campaign on several keywords. I had already bought a theme, but now I'm thinking I'll waste all my time only to get deindexed despite the content being original and informative.
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    • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
      Originally Posted by RatRaceWatch View Post

      Yeh I posted another thread about getting banned, my adsense account of almost 3 years. Invalid clicks they say, yet they finalized my $1880 Nov earnings, and now that is gone.

      Thank you for the advice bhuff, I remember months ago when I saw your thread about what happened to you. Sadly, I don't think there is much more I can do here when it comes to adsense as I had submited a professional request for more information when the ad serving was disabled.

      Now my biggest issue is figuring out how to build websites from here. Everything seems to be a double-edged sword. I can rank websites very easily, I have mastered keyword research, and building websites. The problem is, if I wanted to be purely white hat and stay in googles good graces as I did with one of my websites, it is virtually impossible to rank in a reasonable time and make money (correct me if im wrong).

      So now the question is, should I detach my google analytics to my sites (will that even matter when it comes to google deindexing), cuz I have this feeling as with anything in life, sh**t happens in waves.

      And I was just about to start an amazon affiliate website campaign on several keywords. I had already bought a theme, but now I'm thinking I'll waste all my time only to get deindexed despite the content being original and informative.
      After reading everything over again, it looks like this was more an issue with Adsense and not something that gained attention from the Google Webspam team. I see that your site is still indexed as well, so not all hope is lost. My situation was actually the reverse of this.

      If I were you and you are can't do anything Adsense-wise, why not use the other monetization methods that you were using, but present them in a different way? I know when I had a work at home job site and used CPA offers, I made more from those than my Adsense ads by a long-shot. It just worked well in that niche, and I think the same can happen here, too.

      Like I said, I know it sucks, but why not try to put a spin on it? Maybe look for CPA offers that are for phlebotomy certification, education CPA offers and other similar offers. Your site isn't de-indexed and didn't get slapped with a penalty, so the game isn't over yet (unless you want it to be, anyway).

      Take some time to plan out a different strategy and try it out. You never know what can happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author RatRaceWatch
    Thanks Bhuff

    If you ever get a chance, and wouldn't mind me picking your mind a little either via skype or an instant messenger (PM me), that would help tremendously.

    I have been hit with a lot of hurdles this past week, I was actually getting excited and thought I had discovered the road to El Derado, I was making good money (or money I thought that I was going to receive), I had just added lead generation which was doing well, it's slowed down recently, and I was building up more websites to increase the income.

    I have realized, I enjoy building websites, I enjoy being creative and coming up with answers to peoples questions.

    I think ultimately I am going to have to diversify more, build some large authority sites, and continue to try stuff with the smaller sites, but if you get a chance I would like to talk to you further, even if its just a listening ear.

    Thanks alot,
    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
    Ryan,

    I'll shoot you a PM with my skype info later today.
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