GoogleAds continue to suck: You’re suspended again with no explanation and no recourse

January 28th, 2010 by Laura Leave a reply »

About a week ago, I talked to an industry person I really respected about the cash flow problems that Fan History has had and the stress that this has caused for me.  I’m not really good with the monetization aspect of running Fan History.  It is a problem and a chronic one.  He suggested trying Google Ads again because it works really well for his site.  (And the more prominent the ad placement, the more potential earnings for Fan History.)  We had tried them before on Fan History, only to be suspended right before we would have gotten our first check for $120 so I was leery.  Nevertheless, I conceded to myself that maybe it was time to try again. We did that on January 19.  Last night, our Google Ads were suspended.  Why?  You tell us based on the e-mail they sent me:

While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense
account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since
keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage
our advertisers in the future, we’ve decided to disable your account.

Please understand that we consider this a necessary step to protect the
interests of both our advertisers and our other AdSense publishers. We
realize the inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you in
advance for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions about your account or the actions we’ve
taken, please do not reply to this email. You can find more information
by visiting


The Google AdSense Team

I have no clue why Google removed our ads and why they yanked our $2.79 or so in revenue.  And I really have a hard time believing that this is for the best interest of their advertisers.  Why?  Because Google does things that are NOT in the best interest of their advertisers, like allowing people to have a domain up with a single page where Google hosts nothing but ads on it.  How is that traffic in anyway good for an advertiser?  What that sort of thing does is encourage bad practices amongst domain owners, encourages squatting on domain names, etc.

Google often sucks for the people that host their ads and advertisers; they cheat both out of lots of money.

  • This is only one of the many reasons I am not that fond of Google's AdSense program. I have it installed on one of my blogs, but am thinking of taking it down. Many blogs have had their AdSense account suspended for various reasons, including clicks not being from the US. The reason seems to change each time and usually comes right before a payout. I would say that probably since your first AdSense account was suspended, that is probably why they suspended this one so quickly.

    Truthfully I don't think it is fair that they "cannot share" how they determine "invalid clicks" as this allows them to simply disable accounts so they don't have to pay out without any real reason at all.

  • This is a reason I stay away from Google Ads. They really take the Facebook way of things. You should consider sending this to TechCrunch. Maybe they might cover this issue like they did the guy on Facebook who had less presence than FH.... I do not know, but it would be an idea.

  • The thing with Google is everyone KNOWS they cheat people out of money. They've been taken to court before when they owed people checks and didn't bother to show up, had to pay people. :/ I doubt that this would be a news flash to TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb or Mashable.

  • I sent it through their tips email address. Whether or not they bat an eyelash... oh well.

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