I recieved an unexpected email from google recently stating the termination of my google-adsense account. After displaying my ads for about half a year, I’ve made a total of $300USD since then, no idea how such ads can generate so much cash by just putting them up on the site. They sent me a letter to comfirm a pin so that cheques can be emailed & when I was just awaiting my first ad cheque on the 1st paying month, to my astonishment and without warning, google left me an e-mail, disabled my account, taking all my MONEY with them.
They stated that I’ve violated the adsense terms of services in a typical standard computer generated email, reason being neglectably & sweepingly general:
AdSense account. Please understand that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.A publisher’s site may not have invalid clicks on any ad(s), including
but not limited to clicks generated by:
- a publisher on his own web pages
- a publisher encouraging others to click on his ads
- automated clicking programs or any other deceptive software
- a publisher altering any portion of the ad code or changing the
layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason
Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected advertisers…
Later do I know after asking around, that’s the same email everyone receives upon reaching their pay release date & if anyone who falls under the category of generating “invalid clicks”.
I didn’t do any of those illegal acts listed in the letter, google didn’t even send me any form of a notice, warning at all of what actually went wrong which caused the invalid clicks, they didn’t give me a chance to explain my situation, not even a single one. Its just terminate, blacklist my account & make off with my money…
This definitely undermined by impression on Google now, as a professional internet corporation. And man do I feel betrayed now, I always partonised google by promoting & offering google searches & this is how they repay me? I wonder do they actually return the money to the advertisers, or do they just eats it all themselves? Anyway, if google is so “transparent” is terminating & hiding from publishers, they definitely have no obligations to hide from advertisers actual impression counts too.
I hate being exploited, I miss the good old days of excite.com, altavista & yahoo… even before Google existed – grown to a big fat giant with too many “ooooo” to spare. Well done Gooooooogle…
Now to change the start page of all my computers to Yahoo.