How I Got Banned From AdSense

How I Got Banned From AdSense

Category: Personal


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They say some good things never last. I now believe it.

My love affair with Google Adsense began in August of last year when I first tasted Google juice in the amount of $159.58. Every month thereafter, I managed to reach the monthly threshold of $100 and was earning more than my day job income. I am even earning in 4-digits already!

Then, the inevitable happened. The ban hammer struck this site. What’s funny is I have been expecting it.

I have been receiving lots of emails and comments lately from bloggers who wonder why are they not seeing Adsense ads here, here’s the answer.

In an email sent to me last November 12 from Big G, I was told:

As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on sites involved in the distribution of copyrighted materials. This includes hosting copyrighted files on your site, as well as providing links for or driving traffic to sites that contain copyrighted material. Publishers are not permitted to encourage users to click on Google ads in any way. This includes any implementation that may encourage accidental clicks, such as placing ads near flash games or navigation bars, or placing ads and site links extremely close together. As a result, we have disabled ad serving to the site.

I am guilty of those in bold letters.

As a sports and entertainment site, I have been offering streams of live sports events (especially pay-per-views) as well as movies and TV shows to my visitors. I know they are copyrighted materials and in violation of the Adsense Terms of Service (TOS), yet, I continue to serve them.

In the second violation, I have been placing text Adsense link ads in my menu bar. To the untrained eye, they might think they’re part of my site’s navigation when in fact it’s not. I also place Adsense link ads near videos and I even mask some Adsense image ads as the video itself to trick visitors to click them.

I have been flirting with these violations for months but I know some sites are doing it so my thinking was just, “Others are doing it, why can’t I?”

However, when your web site starts to gain traffic to the tune of 10,000 visitors daily and earns more than $100 daily, it sends a signal to Google to have someone from their personnel check your site’s content for any violations.

After I got the email, ad serving is actually not immediately disabled as I was given the chance to clean this site up. However, I become greedy and still proceeded to stream the Pacquiao vs Margarito pay-per-view match on December 13.

For the record, I made $628.20 from Adsense that day.

Two days later, the ads vanished!

Check out my earnings for the month of November 2010 (click to make it larger):

From November 16 onwards, I’m back to earning cents. Yes, ad serving is only disabled here but not at my old web site, that’s why I still have the cents.

The first question that popped out in my mind was, “Will I still be paid for my October earning?” You see, earning for the current month are paid at the end of the next month. My October earning was my highest ever and I was worried (yes, I get worried too sometimes) that I’ll not be able to taste it. However, when I was given the Western Union MTCN on November 26, I felt like I just hit 5 numbers in the 6/55 Grand Lotto (wink wink, that’s a hint on how much I made that month).

My next question is, “Will I still be paid for my November earning?” That’s $1,388.57 from November 1 – 15 as you can see above (I could have made $2K.) I don’t know but I’m not losing any hope.

Now that my love affair with Adsense has ended, what are my options? Luckily, I still have eggs left in my other baskets.

Check out my next post on how to survive a ban with the best Adsense alternatives.

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52 Responses to “How I Got Banned From AdSense”

  1. Carlo Says:

    Ouch. Maybe try Chitika / Infolinks? CPALead?

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    ark Reply:

    Yes, I also use them. Check out my next post bro on my earnings from them.

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  2. mma-ph Says:

    The best 628 dollars in one day!!! Sir ark where is the “how to survive an adsense ban” article?

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    ark Reply:

    I actually made $963.91 on October 24, 2010 alone. But it’s just part of my history with Adsense now.

    I’m still drafting the article. Check it out later.

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  3. Jay Says:

    >> Will I still be paid for my November earning?

    If you still see your earnings at your adsense account then I think you will receive it this December.

    You are lucky that only this site has been banned. I suggest you create a new blog that don’t have a copyrighted materials in your content. And avoid PPV videos.

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    ark Reply:

    Yes, I still see it and I’m glad it’s there. Can’t wait until the end of the month. :-)

    I’m lucky indeed. I have already created a new one that hopefully will not suffer Google’s wrath.

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    ark Reply:

    Just an update, I was actually able to get the $1,388.57 still due to me after I was banned.

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    Jay Reply:

    That’s good.

    BTW, how’s chitika? Is it performing well? How do you compare it to adsense in terms of percentage?

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    ark Reply:

    Chitika ads now occupy my Adsense’s optimum placement before. However, earnings are so low.

    eCPM is so low at only $0.26/day average since November while $2.47/day for Adsense.

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  4. Peter Says:

    tsk tsk tsk your adsense was disabled for this website only right? but you still have your adsense account and you can still use it in other sites?

    Just make a new blog or site so that you could rake in those 4 digits again ^_^ master ka bitaw hehe

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    ark Reply:

    Paturo ng affilliate marketing, hehe..

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    Peter Reply:

    hahaha dapat ako nga magpaturo sa iyo. mas master ka sa mga ganito. newbie pa lang ako. hehe ganun lang din ang technique ark, product+more traffic (targeted traffic)=income. may iemail ako sayo later ^_^

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    ark Reply:

    I got the traffic pero wala e mahina pa rin. I don’t know what’s wrong.

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  5. myk Says:

    Sir ark,try to email adsense support team,i think they will reconsider this site as soon as you promise to abide their TOS.Goodluck

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    ark Reply:

    This is a sports and entertainment site and I will continue to post streams. So, I can’t abide by their TOS.

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  6. ianemv Says:

    Tama talaga Ark. pag di pa gaano malakas ang traffic at kumikita ng 4D, di pa pinapansin ni Big G. Sige lang, kung si John Chow nga kahit wala pang Google. Ang dami namang ad provider.

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    ark Reply:

    Established na rin kasi siya eh.

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  7. James Moralde Says:

    I did notice that you’re ads are now from Chitika. Knowing how you’re driving traffic into this blog, I guess, it won’t be long before you’ll recover Ark.

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    ark Reply:

    No worries. I use Infolinks, CPALead and Clicksor too.

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  8. Mao Says:

    I was gonna ask you at some point kung hnd ba labag sa TOS yun ginagawa mo and then disaster happened! ok lang yan atleast you can create another site with same adsense account..

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    ark Reply:

    Haha, obvious nga na violations eh.

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  9. rcayao Says:

    thanks for sharing your experience with adsense. I believe this will be helpful for those who are just started blogging. Kahit na walang adsense “No Worries” parin.

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    ark Reply:

    Right you are. Hakuna Matata!

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  10. igoydude Says:

    malakas naman yata kumita cpalead mo bro, dbale marami pa alternatives, at meron ka pa ibang blog.

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    ark Reply:

    Back to cents ulit.

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  11. Dave Says:

    Ah, so ibig sabihin di ka pa talaga totally banned? Then still thats half good news pa din tama? so ano naman ang ibang site mo na ok pa din kay adsense?

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    ark Reply:

    I have an old site I mentioned above. I have a new one that went live recently pero binibuild-up ko pa.

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  12. Rakeru Says:

    same lang po tayo ng situation 3 sites ko na po ang na-banned ni google ng dahil din sa mga live stream videos pero luckily hindi po ang mismong adsense account ang naba-ban (wag naman sana sayang ang kita eh. . hehehe) kaya til now meron pa din akong earnings kahit papano

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    ark Reply:

    3 sites na? Wow, it means, 3 times mo na rin palang naviviolate ang TOS ni adsense. Ingat lang at baka ung kasunod eh ung account mo na mismo ang mababan.

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    Rakeru Reply:

    yung 2 sabay nabanned ni google taz yung 1 after 1 month sinunod nya. .ngiingat na nga ako ngaun hirap pa namang mg-apply ng bagong account. . ilang site mu na ba ang na-banned?

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    ark Reply:

    Fortunately eh ito pa lang naman. Sana di na maulit.

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    Rakeru Reply:

    ang mahirap lang kasi di natin alam kung ilang violations talaga bago totally ma-ban ang mismong account

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    ark Reply:

    Basta based on my experience, kung ung site mo eh di naman kalakasan ang traffic, di ka papansinin ni Google kahit marami kang TOS violations.

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  13. melardenio Says:

    sorry to hear that bro.I think its a lesson learned para sa iyo at sa amin din..

    Keep it up. I see your other post without adsense and you still keep it up.
    Merry Christmas!

    Happy Blogging!

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    ark Reply:

    Ganyan naman talaga ang buhay e. Di lahat nasa itaas ka lagi. No worries lang and consider it as a challenge pra lalong magpursige.

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  14. Redz Says:

    Adsense is very lame…. they disabled my account for nothing!!! seriously for nothing .. screw Adsense

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  15. Bob Says:

    Well, I would be satisfied with my current adsense earnings. I would not crave for 3 digits a day earning if it will just make my account be banned. Kahit 2 digits lang sana hehehe. As of now kasi 1 digit lang per day eh. Ehhehe kung maka 2 digits na sana ok na un.

    thanks for sharing this experience.

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    ark Reply:

    Hindi naman mababan ang account mo if you use other ad networks aside from Adsense eh. Hindi un ang reason bakit ako naban.

    I was banned mainly because of posting copyrighted videos at this site.

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  16. Bob Says:

    Tanong ko lang po ung adbrite at bidvertiser, okay lang pagsabayin sa adsense? Ung Chitika kasi sabi ok lang sa adsense. I am using chitika pero kasisimula ko palang gumamit nya.

    Salamat.

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    ark Reply:

    As far as I know, di mo pwede pagsabayin ang Adsense with Adbrite or Bidvertiser dahil pareho sila ng format.

    Pwede ang Adsense + Infolinks + Chitika combo sa site mo.

    Pwede mo rin samahan ng Clicksor pero ung in-text ads, pop-under at interstitial ads nia lang. Never ung banner ads.

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    Bob Reply:

    I see. Salamat. Pero ung chitika diba almost same ung format ng adsense? Ok lang ba u n? like ung sa site ko meron ako leaderboard sa adsense and I put same size ng chitika sa baba ng adsense, di po kaya un magconflict?

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    ark Reply:

    Targeted ads kasi ang Chitika eh. Tsaka nakalagay naman sa site nila na compatible sila sa Adsense.

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    Bob Reply:

    Sa adsense lang pala na ban ung site mo. Sa google search ok naman.

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  17. tracy collins Says:

    I can’t get 200 people to visit my blog.And i have google adsense on my blogs but they say i can’t get paid because the ads is not on my blog through google it’s on my blog through blogger.com so if someone clicks the ads google says they don’t have to pay me. Could someone email me and explain this sitiuation to me.My email address is tl.kool1@hotmail.com .

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  18. tracy collins Says:

    Awsome information !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. yokmak87 Says:

    grabe ka gid gali noh.. . puga tag 900+ gina pay out mo.. . taga diin ka man? tani ka kape-kape man ta d bah.. . mapa tudlo kmi sa imo.

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  20. edz Says:

    nabanned ako sa google adsense, di ako nabayaran ng 60k+ pero nkhanap ako ng paraan, ginamit ko name ng kapatid ko na nkatira sa ibang address, fortunately natanggap.. ayun..

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    ark Reply:

    Wow, possible pala un? Good for you then. Malaki-laki din un.

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  21. teach Says:

    wow…. what a great earnings… how did you do that?

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  22. xio Says:

    Hey bro my payments ay nahold ng adsense have you experience this? i’ve been paid last month of april eh bat ngaon hinonold nila any idea?

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    ark Reply:

    Kung nabayaran ka na dati pero ngayon ay nakahold na, hindi kaya banned ka?

    Check mo na lang ito:

    http://adsense.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=29077

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  23. Vic Says:

    Wow. That’s really big adsense income for a day. At least Google only banned ads on this site, and not ban your entire adsense account.

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