How I Got Banned From AdSenseCategory: Personal
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.
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