Google Adsense Account Disabled – WTF?

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  • Published on : Mar 19 2012

It’s always nice to get a gift for your birthday, so Google was nice enough to send me one at 2AM the morning of ZacJohnson.com’s 5 Year Anniversary. Unfortunately it wasn’t a nice gift like the old Google Refrigerator and Certificate they sent me so many years ago… this time it was an unfriendly and automated email saying they will no longer be accepting traffic through my valued web sites and Google Adsense account, which I might add is around 10 years old and has had six figures in earnings over the past decade.

You can read the full email from them below…

Google Adsense’s Friendly Account Disabled Email

This message was sent from a notification-only email address that does not
accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.
——————————

Hello,

After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google’s share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google’s advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and
cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we’ve taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find
more information by visiting
http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

I was quite surprised when I received the email, not only that they terminated the account, but also that they were nice enough to immediately take all earnings out of the account and give them back to the advertisers and company. Fortunately I haven’t been using Google Adsense as a main source of income, but the thousand dollars in the account still would have been nice to have. I had used Google Adsense a decent amount in the passed, but with it just sitting on various sites and generating revenue for years without a problem then getting terminated, it’s just quite odd.

The next great thing about Google is that they are so personable and love providing you with quality customer support… yea right, trying to contact Google is definitely one of the areas they aren’t too interesting in improving. Instead of providing support, they will send you in an endless loop of forum posts which pretty much end up no where. If you are lucky enough to finally come across their Invalid Activity Appeal form, you can try your luck again, but they basically sent me the same denial email again. But then again, it’s all from “The Google Adsense Team” and just tells you to get lost in the forums again so I expected nothing less.

Life After Google Adsense

As mentioned earlier, it’s a good thing I don’t use Google Adsense as a driving source of revenue for any of my sites. Imaging making five figures a month with their network, then all of a sudden they send you an email telling you they are just taking all of your earnings from last and this month?! That could be quite a hit for anyone pushing some heavy volume.

What is sad is that I had my account for roughly 15 years and a lot of great data and stats were in there. I’ve also learned that I’m not the only one on the chopping block from Google lately. I’ve come across other posts and forums from other marketers who have had the same experience with Adsense. This is a good lesson for anyone out there to make sure you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. Just like Amazon wipes out their affiliate program state by state as new laws come into play, Google Adsense can simply give and take away whatever they want without any reason or say.

Life after Google Adsense will be the exact same way it was before my account got terminated… though this is a reminder to also keep screenshots and records of all your affiliate accounts that have lots of old data you might like to have. Fortunately I did save a decent amount from prior years. From an earnings and business model standpoint, the loss of Google Adsense doesn’t change anything.

Google Adsense Alternatives

Speaking of not keeping your eggs in all baskets, if you are currently running Google Adsense and looking for alternatives, there are plenty of them out there! I will be updating my list of Google Adsense alternatives and will post a full mega guide on the blog later in the week. In the meantime, here are some of the top blog posts I’ve written so far about monetization outside of Google Adsense.

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  • http://infosaja.com Abed Saragih

    My account was also disabled recently

    I hope this does not happen the song for my new account again.

    thank you for your article.

  • http://www.ozyobbo.com/blog Aussie Pete

    Hi Everyone,

    Well l was doing a bit of google searching tonight to try and find a few tips on how to get my adsense account reinstated, but blog after blog gives me little hope of getting my ban lifted.

    I was new to adsense and had high hopes of earning a nice income from doing what l enjoy, but now the dream is over and the nightmare has begun.

    I feel the pain of everyone who has lost their adsense accounts and l feel so sorry for those who lost considerable amounts of money when their accounts were diabled. It seems so wrong that this can occur, but l guess Google is Google and they can do what eve they want…….. well so they think.

    The time will come, they are terminating too many people without full or proper disclosure as to how, why, when and where the so called inavalid activity occurred.

    Now l am a bit of a novice, so at this stage l am no threat to Google, but from what l am reading it appears that google has been disabling the accounts of some internet heavy weights and some very smart people. I think it will eventually come back and bit google in the arse as they are seemingly turning on just about everyone.

    I hope that those of us who have been disabled from adsense are able to find a viable alternative and l especially hope that some smart cookie is able to punish google for the way in which they are ruining peoples dreams and sources of income.

    Good luck to everyone, whether you are disabled now or disabled in the future, atleast we can take some comfort from knowing we are not alone.

    Cheers from Aussie Pete
    My recent post Daft Blogger

  • http://www.cytricks.com Zion Amal

    Its becoming the worst nightmare of every adsense users now!!
    Just go Honestly and Go the legal good old way. Ethical is the best :)
    My recent post How to Improve Your Writing Skills and Impress Your Readers.

  • http://www.youthesteem.com krishnachaitanya

    Sorry for losing your adsense account but you told you r using some other alternatives for your income what is that ….
    My recent post How To Increase Mileage Of Your Vehicle

  • http://www.jobs8home.com Pritam Nagrale

    I really agree with you. We should focus on different income methods & not single. I am sorry for you & wish you make more income through other methods.
    My recent post Is Affiliate Marketing Still a Lucrative Field?

  • http://mindfreakers.net/ Sagar Gulati

    I still faced the same issue. Is there i can do anything?
    Also my friend is trying to get adsense but itz not approving, can you help me please?

  • http://www.howtowords.com Mubashir

    Sad feelings for Adsense disabled. I wish you will get your Adsense account back
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  • mysticdhaval

    Sorry to hear that.. Now Adams google is behaving wield! Really!

  • http://moronic-research.blogspot.com MoronMan

    Freakin' Adsense, a friend of mine just got banned as well.
    My recent post

  • http://tecgyan.blogspot.in TecGyan

    Nice Article
    My recent post Topics for Project( or Mini Project)

  • Mike

    Just done the same to me and without any email or nothing…It's time someone took them to court for monopolising the Net..Google are total scum bags..

    They are greedy, underhand and avoid paying taxes..F–K them..do not build your business around Google period, kick thier poxy adds of your sites..why give away your hard earned traffic for a few cents..

    • http://ozyobbo.com/blog Aussie Pete

      I wish everyone had the same attitude as yourself Mike. If we all gave the big G a miss they would have to reconsider how they treat us all
      My recent post Bye Bye Juliar

  • http://www.change.org/petitions/google-adsense-stop-the-mass-disabling Malousak

    I’m very sorry about this. It happened to me as well, without a reason. We should STOP this. I made a petition today and please sign it and share it. This must be stopped! http://www.change.org/petitions/google-adsense-stop-the-...

  • imari

    You got banned because your website looks like a link farm.