AdSense Account Disabled: What the Hell?!

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is turn to my left side, pick up my iPhone, and quickly scan my new e-mail that came in since I went to bed the night before.  It’s a pretty mindless task that I can do while I’m still half asleep.

But not this past Friday morning.  Nope. I sprung out of bed as you might do when a fire alarm goes off in the middle of the night, or maybe on Christmas morning when you’re 8 years old.  I woke up to this little gem in my e-mail box:

Keep reading, and I’ll give you the full story.

The Initial Panic

Panic was probably the best word to describe my initial reaction when I read this e-mail:

This was no joke – I tried to open my AdSense account only to find a similar message, and nowhere to navigate.  This was one of the things we all fear – having one of our primary online income sources cut off completely.  I was having a great month too – it probably would have been my best AdSense month so far.  Of course, they will be taking away from me what I earned so far this month ($100+) and I’m not sure if my amounts accrued through last month (~$200) will be paid out.

Over a year of hard work, countless hours, thousands of dollars spent – diminished with a simple flip of the switch.  Yes, my sites are still ranking as they were and still receiving traffic as usual, but the primary means of monetization – the one source of income that was destined to keep growing each month – gone.

Sure, there are a lot of ways to monetize a site in general, but micro-niche sites by their very nature have a narrow focus, and therefore, limited means of monetization.  No other ad network has so many advertisers competing for all of the long-tail keywords that we target with these sites.  Sure, that doesn’t stop you from using one of them, but ads that are less relevant are sure to experience a lower click through rate and lower cost per click.

This was my initial panic.  Everything was over – my sites were worthless.  Even worse, I didn’t understand how or why this happened to me.  I’ve followed all of Google’s rules.  My traffic was all organic.  And my ad placements, although on the aggressive side, were well within what’s “allowed” and in no way were set up to wrongfully entice clicks (“invalid” clicks).

So What the Hell Happened?

As I mentioned above, Google is accusing me of having invalid clicks.  What this basically means is that they believe people were clicking my ads for reasons other than general interest in the ad’s content.

For example, if you click your own ad or tell a friend to click your ad, these are invalid clicks.  If you put an image or text next to the ad block that says “CLICK HERE >>>> “, any clicks generated would be considered invalid clicks.  You get the idea.

This of course leaves me baffled because I absolutely did not do any of that.  I know the rules and I know Google is very strict about enforcing them.  I’m not about to risk the status of my account for a $0.68 click.  I’m not an idiot.

Here’s what I think could have happened:  Someone who reads this blog decided to visit one of the niche sites that I’ve made public here in the past, and decided to click an ad – maybe they did it several times in one visit (also known as “click bombing”), or maybe it was spread over a longer period of time…or it was multiple people who did it one time.  Whether it was to screw me over or “help” me,  I have no idea.  I never noticed any irregular activity, so it never crossed my mind.

I can’t say with any certainty that this was the cause, but it’s very possible.  Something similar to this happened to Chris Ducker awhile back, and he suspected the same thing.

I guess the bottom line is, sometimes, transparency comes at cost.  If you read Pat Flynn’s site, you know that after he reported all of his success with his site from the “Niche Site Duel,” copycats started popping up, and probably affected his earnings somewhat (although they are still amazing).

Apparently, I’m Not the Only One

Naturally, when I found out my account was disabled, I wanted to take a look around and see if there was some kind big wave of account disabling by Google – although I suspect they disable lots of accounts on a daily basis.

I came across this thread on the Warrior Forum, and it sounds like there were a lot of people disabled around the same time I was.  Here’s an interesting quote from someone in that thread:

Based on this quote and what others in the thread wrote, it does sound like Google recently disabled a lot of accounts for invalid click activity.  I guess I’m not alone, though that doesn’t make me feel any better.

What’s the Plan Going Forward?

First of all, I appealed Google’s decision to disable my account. This probably won’t do anything for me, but I’ve read some success stories, so it’s worth a try.  I don’t want to try anything drastic until I know for sure that I can’t get my account back.

New Monetization for High Traffic Sites

Although none of my micro-niche sites were clear winners (yet), I am going to take my top sites and find a way to monetize them (how ironic is it that I blogged about my top AdSense sites just days before getting my account disabled?).

I have a few ideas in mind for alternatives to AdSense, and perhaps if people here are interested, I’ll do a whole blog post about AdSense alternatives.  For my top sites, I want to look at each site on a case-by-case basis – some sites may only benefit from another display advertising network, while certain ones may be better off promoting affiliate products or CPA  (cost-per-action) offers.

Overall, Take an 80/20 Approach for My Current Niche Sites

Because AdSense is no longer a viable monetization method for my existing niche sites, some of the sites simply won’t be worth putting any more effort into.  The 20% of my sites that account for 80% of my income will receive most of my focus.  The other 80% won’t be worth the time.   Sites that were only earning $1-5/month with AdSense (which I consider to be profitable) may only earn less than $1/month with another ad network (no longer profitable).

Now, I still have 8+ months left before I have to renew a lot of these domains, so I don’t want to “waste” any traffic that they are currently receiving.  What I will probably do is pick one ad network to apply to all of these sites (such as Chitika, which I already have some experience using).

More Focus on Amazon Sites

For me, Amazon is still a perfectly viable way to monetize my sites, and I still have a handful of sites that had regularly been earning more from Amazon than AdSense each month.  I’ll put more focus on converting traffic for my current Amazon sites, and for any new sites I build, I’ll probably look toward niches where I can easily integrate Amazon affiliate links.

Create an LLC

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and it seems like now is the perfect time to do it.  Because an LLC would be a separate legal entity, I’ll be able to apply for a new AdSense account under the business name (this is perfectly legal/in line with Google’s terms of service).  Unfortunately, I will only be able to use this account for new sites.  I don’t want to risk associating the new account with older sites, in case they are somehow “flagged” now.

My micro-niche site plan is not over yet, but I will need to invest the time to create new sites and build them up all over again, for the new AdSense account.  Once I go through the process of setting up the LLC, I’ll probably do a post on it here in case any of you are interested in doing something similar.

Lessons Learned

Diversification is Key

You can follow all the rules, have the most amazing content, and have a 2+ year solid track record (as I did)…but if your income all comes from one source (or mostly one source), you are at risk of having it vanish overnight.  People will always make the argument that as long as your sites are getting traffic, losing AdSense isn’t a big deal because there other ways to monetize.  It’s true that there are other ways to monetize, but I don’t think you can say that it’s easy to replace the income, especially with sites that were designed to make money with AdSense.

Google will always act in the best interest of their advertisers, NOT their publishers – this is Google’s key income source.  What this means is, if they have any doubt that you’re not good for their advertisers, they won’t hesitate to get rid of you – even if it doesn’t make sense.  You can’t blame them for trying to protect their business.

If you can diversify your income streams, both by having multiple projects (e.g. different websites) and within those projects, multiple methods of monetizing, you are in a much better position to survive the elimination of one of your projects or income sources.

Authority Sites are Better? Not Necessarily.

I bring this up because I don’t think you or I can conclude that micro-niche sites are specifically targeted by Google, in terms of deciding whether or not to disable an account.   Remember, the Google AdSense team is only concerned with their advertisers receiving quality, targeted traffic.  If your micro-niche site is very focused, and receives very targeted organic traffic, Google AdSense likes this.

Keep in mind, Google AdSense is a separate “team” than the team that handles Google’s search results and ranking algorithm.  Pleasing one doesn’t always mean you please the other.

With all of this said, I think authority sites will always be “safer” in that they have a stronger foundation and are easier to diversify with various monetization methods (ads, affiliate links, e-mail marketing, etc.) compared to micro-niche sites.   So if your site gets “click bombed” and you lose your AdSense account, the site itself will still continue making money from other sources.

Conclusion

While I know this post began in a state of panic, hopefully you’ve seen that I’m actually optimistic overall.  While all of this means I’ll need to do a lot more work, and it may be a little while until I can get my niche site earnings back to where they were (it’ll have to be after tax season), I honestly believe I will look back one day and conclude that losing my AdSense account was one of the best things to happen to my online business.

I feel refreshed, in some kind of sick and twisted way – I feel more inspired to think “outside the box” and  work smarter with my internet marketing projects.

What do you think?  Has this happened to any of you, and how have you handled it?  Also, if you have any good suggestions for alternatives to AdSense, I’d love to hear about them.

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246 Responses to “AdSense Account Disabled: What the Hell?!”

  1. Hi Eric,

    I am really sorry to hear you got the ban from Adsense. Its crazy that you can do all that work and then just “poof” they decide its invalid and drop you.

    I have never gotten the ban from Adsens, but I have lost a CPA account and all the money that I had earned. I am actually pretty confident that the only reason I lost the account was that I had earned a lot (over $3,000 for the month). I had driven my traffic from Adwords, so there was not only the loss of income, but the loss of advertising dollars. It was a lesson learned! I now always diversify and try to never push a lot of traffic through a new CPA company!

    Your positive attitude seems to be the right way to go about this! You might find a far better way to monetize your sites, and be laughing about this ban in 6 months!

    Good luck!

    Chris
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Chris, and although it sucks, it’s comforting to hear about other people who have been through something similar :)

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    Bruce N. Reply:

    I’m sorry to hear that. My account got disabled too
    though I didn’t earn any money yet but I’ll try to learn to use other methods. Your sites are very helpful. thank you.
    One more thing, what happens if we get thousands of people that got disabled from Adsense to start writing about their stories?
    Will that make Adsense think about it?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sorry to hear your account was disabled too. Unfortunately, I believe AdSense thinks that the account disablings are a good thing for their network, so they probably won’t care much about people writing about it.

    Financial Samurai Reply:

    Wow, $3,000+/month is A LOT for Adsense! What are you doing now?

    Sam
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  2. Wow! I can’t believe how similar your story is with mine! My account got banned early Friday morning as well and I had the exact same experience as you checking my email on my phone when I first got up. I also can say with great certainty that I did nothing wrong at all and I made sure I was complying with Google’s TOS. I also appealed and was denied. I am in the exact same boat as you and my income lossed as a result of this is almost exactly the same as yours as well. I would love to chat with you more about our situation and maybe we can bounce some ideas off each other to see how we should handle this. If you want hit me up on Skype: thomasstrock. Would love to talk to you!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    It’s crazy how many people were recently disabled (and many on that same day, apparently). Really sucks, doesn’t it?

    And, as an update, my appeal was also denied today. Looks like my time with AdSense is over (at least, for my ~80 current niche sites).

    I’d love to bounce some ideas back and forth, but I actually don’t use Skype. With tax season and all, my free time is pretty unpredictable. If you want to send me an e-mail (via my contact form), we can get a dialogue going through e-mail initially.

    Thanks Thomas!

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    Tim Reply:

    Same here, was denied despite me being 100% willing to work with them to figure out the issue and reverse it. Offered them access to site logs/whatever they needed as I did not even know what to look for to prove my innocence (especially since I no longer had access to AdSense -.-), but apparently even that was not enough to please the form-letter-sending Google bots (that are allegedly people… but, hey, if Google can make baseless assumptions, so can I :P ).

    I wonder if Google has an anti-class action clause now… and/or if the EFF and other such organizations would be willing to fight the big Google for the (probably relatively small number of, admittedly) wrongly banned?
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    Tim Reply:

    Update: On 10/12/12 I actually received an email from what I believe to be a human at Google (heh, it at least was less form letter-ish) informing me that my AdSense account was reinstated and the money refunded back to my account. It was an issue with Youtube as I suspected.

    If I have any advice, create a business or otherwise use a separate account for Youtube, so that you’re website is not affected by click bombing and other attacks. Also, as mentioned in many similar articles about being kicked from AdSense, don’t keep all your ad eggs in one basket, go with several different types of ads from separate networks if possible :) .

    Despite the good news of my reinstatement, I have to wonder how many other innocent people did not bother pushing Google via appeals or writing about the account disabling. I’ve also been reluctant to re-embrace AdSense ads on my site, instead opting to stick with Technorati Media where I can be sure to talk to a human should I have any issues :) .

    If you are innocent and have you account disabled, don’t give up, and keep pressing on. Hopefully you can get it reinstated like I was able to!
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  3. Hey Eric,

    Sucks that it happened to ya man especially since it was a good source of income but the good side of it is that it’ll put you back on your edge and trying some new things with your existing websites.

    I’ve found that “burning the boat” to be uber effective when it comes to getting things done and trying new things. We get too comfortable with what we have so we just let it run; this, in some way, is a little kick in the ass to expand and test out new networks.

    Like you mentioned, Amazon would work, you could also try out CPA ads or maybe even find individual companies that may want to do advertising. There’s a lot of ad networks out there so it’s not a complete loss.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I think you’re right, Murray – I’m already on edge. :P

    I’m going to have a bit of fun trying to monetize my current sites, but it’s definitely annoying to lose the momentum I was building. Long term, I’ll be better off I’m sure, but for the next few months, my income will likely take a bit of hit.

    Thanks for commenting, I always appreciate your views!

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  4. Very sorry to hear this Eric! I am glad you are taking an optimistic approach. I just hope that this isn’t another way that Google has decided to lash out against affiliates in their quest to use “Brands” to “improve” the internet. I like the LLC idea personally. Either way I hope it works out!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Dan, I appreciate the support. As I mentioned in my post, I don’t think Google is targeting affiliates (and actually, the only form of monetization on most of my sites was AdSense, not really any affiliate links).

    It doesn’t seem like they are even specifically targeting mini-content garbage sites…I think it’s just a matter of banning those who they believed had invalid click activity.

    And yes, I think the LLC is the way to go – once I set it up, I’ll probably post a little guide walking through how I did it, in case anyone wants to do the same.

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  5. Eric,

    Very sorry to hear about your account, however, there are still a lot of networks out there that you can use. My advice is to keep fighting with Google because if you do, they will see that you were not trying to make a quick buck or you would not be fighting with the as much. Anyway, hope everything works out and hopefully you can increase your amazon income so that you don’t take a big hit this month.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’ll keep fighting, although my appeal was denied. I’m probably going to focus on finding other ways to make money from the traffic, and get myself ready to create a new batch of AdSense niche sites once I officially set up my LLC.

    Thanks Adam!

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  6. Man that sucks. Sorry to hear that. Luckily you’ve got sites with other income streams. I see so many people that just once income stream (be it adsense, amazon or whatever) and keep building the same type of sites, but as you write: diversity is key! You should always have something to fall back on, just in case. Different income sources, different hosts, different link building strategies and so on…

    Hope you bounce back mate!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    If there’s one lesson me or ANYONE else takes away from this, it’s the necessity for diversification. I can’t stress that enough. Even though my current portfolio is diversified, a very high % of my future plan was dependent upon AdSense, so even I don’t feel I was sufficiently diversified.

    But I agree, diversify wherever possible – even with hosting and link building, as you said.

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  7. Hi Eric,

    Sorry to hear that, but I have good news for you!

    It happened to me exactly two months ago, and besides that Google canceled approximately 5000$ of non-paid income at the same time (yes, I have many, many niche websites :-) ). After testing over 15 different ad networds, I now set up all of my websites with media.net ads and (little) infolinks ads. And here is the good news, they earn approximately the same as with Google Adsense!

    I recently sold one website with Flippa (https://flippa.com/2711413-62-month-unique-content-passive-income-no-work-1-no-reserve?live=1) were you can find the prove. Furthermore, you can find more info on my recently started blog:
    http://www.mynichewebsitesforsale.com

    I would be glad to help you getting things earning quickly again. Do not hesitate to contact me about how to do your setup and things.

    Best regards and good luck!
    Mark

    PS by the way, just last week I received an email from google that my appeal did not work out, still no reason mentioned, but I really think that I would not have gone back to Google Adsense if they did…
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Mark, thanks for the thoughtful comment and the tip about Media.net. I hadn’t heard of them, but just applied there a few minutes ago based on your recommendation. I have an application in process with Infolinks as well.

    If these two can combine to do almost as well as AdSense, I’ll be thrilled.

    Thanks again, I really appreciate it!

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    Mark Reply:

    Hi Eric,

    Sure, no problem. I know exactly how you feel. All what you worked for and finally started to pay off, suddenly was blown away by Google, without anything you can do or anyone @Google you can talk to.

    With Media.net so far, my experiences are very good. It took approximately two weeks to start earning, but since then my income is stable and I have received my first payments again :-)
    Any account gets a business representative @Media.net who helps you optimize your earnings. Such another approach than Adsense!

    I really hope that you have your sites up and running quickly. Feel free to contact me or post questions on my blog anytime!

    Mark
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    Steve A Reply:

    Sorry to hear about your Google woes! It seems like the big G are blitzing everyone at the moment, from banning adsense users left and right, to closing down Build My Rank!

    Same thing happened to me at the start of March – I built up around 85 sites since December and was about to receive my first payment of over $400 when I got the dreaded email.

    In my tests so far, media.net has the most potential to recover some income from my sites, so I’m happy to hear that someone a few weeks down the road from me has had good results. Keeps me going in these dark days!

    I’ll have to look into Infolinks too.

    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Mark – As of this morning, I already have Media.net implemented on one of my sites. It will take a bit of time to implement it on all sites, given the fact that Media.net needs to approve each site individually.

    Mark Reply:

    Hi Eric, Steve,

    I wish you both the best with Media.net and Infolinks. Hopefully you’ll get good results again as well! Big G seems to be forgotten that sympathy from the crowd was one of the big factors that brought them were they are today…Let us now give our sympathy to others :P

    Mark
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  8. Really sorry to hear your news man, however am sure your upbeat and positive attitude will help you to create something even better and I look forward to seeing you do just that. All the best
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks a lot for the comment and your support, AJ!

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  9. Sorry to hear this, Eric. I feel your pain.

    I was banned from AdWords (not AdSense) a couple of years ago for a similar spurious reason. Since then I’ve been fantasizing about ways to create an online business that doesn’t rely on Google for anything — AdWords, AdSense, SERPs, etc.

    Might be interesting to brainstorm ways to maintain a viable business independent of The Evil Empire…

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    Eric G. Reply:

    It would be fantastic to not rely on Google, but for organic traffic, I don’t think there’s ever going to be a way around it.

    That’s not to say that you can’t get a lot of traffic without Google (there’s social media, Bing/Yahoo, and other referral traffic), but your life is a lot easier when Google is feeding you “free” traffic.

    If you find a way to fully escape Google, I’m all ears. :)

    (As a side note, I love Google as a company…aside from the AdSense team.)

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  10. Wow. That really sux! And just when the income was starting to increase!! Maybe there’s an opportunity for you to educate people on other options going forward? I don’t follow many of these type of niche building sites so not too sure what other info is out there. Maybe you could be an authority site on being dumped by google!! Really pleased to see you are looking at the positives.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Tracey – once I try out some AdSense alternatives and get a chance to evaluate them, I’ll be sure to report it back here. I think it’s good stuff for anyone to know, even if they can still monetize with AdSense.

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  11. Sucks Balls man!

    I lost my Adwords account and still no idea why. (Only used the $50 dollar voucher)They said I was was hacking / landing page violation.. Don’t even know how to spell CSS…

    And my account got banned after 2 months of using the voucher I mean WTF?

    Good luck man!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That sucks, Ralph, and it’s quite bizarre. I guess it goes to show you, Google can really do whatever they want.

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  12. Hey Eric!

    I’m sorry to hear about your Adsense account getting banned. There is nothing worse for a internet marketer then getting that e-mail from Google Adsense team notifying you that your account has been banned! Sorry bud..

    I’ve been doing some research and talking with other internet marketers that I follow, and I found a common theme– you’re not alone! It seems like numerous other internet markets recently got banned as well! Here is something I found interesting–

    There has been talk circulating in various forums, twitter, Facebook, etc.. that Google has started really taking action towards Private Blog Networks (UAW, MAN, etc..) by deindexing pages, sites, and such from those networks. Some folks even said that they noted their SERPs, joined a couple of those networks, and with in weeks, watched their SERPs go down by 50.. So they pulled out of those networks and started to slowly see movement go back up for their SERPs.. Then a couple days later, they received notice that their Google Adsense account had been banned. They are speculating that it had something to do with their micro niche sites that had nothing but backlinks coming from those private blog networks — so not only did they get penalized in terms of SERPs for being a part of those networks, but Google saw them as a risk to their advertisers, so they banned their Adsense accounts as well.

    Now folks are speculating that Google is slowly but surely making progress on penalizing (deindexing, etc..) private blog networks, and it’s something internet marketers need to start taking into consideration when building out their sites.

    If you ask me (I am no professional), I think the goal Google is trying to achieve with this is sniffing out spun content. UAW and MAN for example contain original content, and a ton of spun content that is often times not relevant, etc.. linking back to your blog, where your Google Adsense ads are displayed. So it would make sense that Google penalizes your blog for using poor quality private blog networks, and ends up banning the Adsense account since it is affiliated with the website that is backlinked with weak content, etc..

    In closing– I’m not suggesting by any means that this is what happened in your situation. No one really knows, and I doubt we will ever find out from Google. I just thought I would share with you what I have been finding / reading from others around the web that are going through some of the same situations.

    I wish you much continued success, and I’m eager to see how the alternatives to Google Adsense turn out! I have faith!

    Keep your head up, and I wish you all the best!

    Cheers,
    -Alex

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Alex,

    Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment. What you are saying makes a lot of sense – at this point, any rationalization is going to just be speculation, but it definitely seems like they are making an effort to clean out some of the “internet garbage.”

    It sucks for us, but those who adapt will continue to succeed. There are a lot of SEOs out there, so I have no doubt that the “professional” internet marketers will continue to uncover ways to build backlinks effectively.

    Nothing will ever be as effective as doing everything naturally, which is why the future of “making money online” with websites will probably shift toward authority-style sites.

    That being said, I still believe that niches with very low competition can always be conquered with weak SEO effort, assuming you’ve done your keyword and niche research properly. I still plan on using UAW to attack these types of niches, but I’ll be doing it while understanding the risk involved.

    Thanks again for the comment!

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    Alex Reply:

    Hey Eric!

    You are most welcome! Do you plan on posting a “follow up” post to this one letting us know what direction you’ve decided to take in terms of replacing Adsense as well as what strategy you are now using for your backlinking strategy?

    I have quite a few keywords ready to go, but I’m suck trying to figure out what direction I need to go in terms of backlinking after seeing all these drastic changes from Google!

    Let me know your thoughts!

    Thanks so much– I wish you all the best!

    Cheers!
    -Alex

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I sure do – I’m willing to bet that several of my near future posts will be follow ups to this one, since getting my sites back in action is a top priority.

    I think my backlinking strategy will still contain a lot of what it does right now, however I will probably mix in a couple new methods just to add some link diversity.

    We’ll see though, I haven’t given it too much thought yet. If only it weren’t tax season, I’d have a lot more free time to deal with all of this! :P

  13. By the way– in my original post, when I say “your blog, your site, etc..” I am not referring you to specially, Eric.. I’m just saying your as in anyone.. Just wanted to make sure on that! :-)

    Thanks!
    -Alex

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    Eric G. Reply:

    No worries, I get it! :)

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  14. Hey Eric, you’re the last person I thought I’d see this happen to! That completely sucks! Hopefully you’ll get it reinstated. But glad to see that you’re looking on the positive side of things. Think of it as an opportunity to do something that is even more profitable! I’m just getting started with Adsense sites so this is something I need to keep in mind with my own business. I’ve already spent a bunch of money building my first set of Adsense sites with plans to do more. I even bought the new theme from Spencer Haws.

    Definitely diversify. I started monetizing with Amazon, then to product creation and now Adsense. At this point, I would say that product creation is the area I’m focusing the majority of my time on.

    Also, I run my IM business as an LLC. Easier to keep things separate from my personal finances. So my advice is not to sign up with other ad services/affiliates until you get your LLC set up. That way, you won’t have to use your SS# for a tax ID when filling out applications.

    You already know what it takes to rank sites so take that knowledge and continue to apply it to the next phase of your business. The next few months are going to be bumpy but I’m sure you’ll come out stronger in the end!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Unfortunately, I don’t think my account will be reinstated. My appeal was already denied, and I don’t plan on appealing again.

    I honestly think I’m ready for life after AdSense – I’m not sure that I’m willing to invest a lot of time anymore on projects that can’t be monetized by things other than AdSense, given how quickly and suddenly they are willing to ban accounts.

    And I agree about the LLC – I’ve helped a lot of other people set them up, however I never bothered to set one up for myself (simply because my business operations weren’t large enough for it to make a difference).

    Thanks for the comment and the support!

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  15. really sorry to hear that man , bad things happen to good people never forget that , it just an obstacle I am sure you’ll be able to find a way to tackle this way and get back on your earning.
    you site was making $200 from adsense , so that fine , my site was making $700-$1000 when it adsense hit me on nov 2011 , since then I am relying on amazon only and have covered most of it.
    Good luck!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Good to hear someone else was able to find life after AdSense. :) It does hurt a lot to lose a significant income stream, but I think anyone who is willing to look past it CAN and WILL bounce back.

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    seoallrounder Reply:

    yea eric , just don’t give up :) you have a quality blog and with good traffic. remember that where there is traffic there is money. dont use any other ppc , first cause they are no close to adsense and secondly they look very shady.

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  16. You just won’t have adsense, not on your current channel, and not on a new channel. Adsense only allows you one Adsense account, ever. If it’s disabled, they won’t give you another one. You aren’t even supposed to apply for another one.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s a true statement for one individual. However, if you set up a LLC (or other type of similar entity), you are a separate legal entity – in other words, it is not the same as you (an individual). I’m sure I could’ve written that in a less confusing way, but hopefully it makes sense.

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  17. That sucks big time!

    I guess you could sell the sites on flippa to someone with an active account.

    Then build a site promoting amazon products until your amazon account gets banned!

    Maybe buy a little shop somewhere and sell hand made postcards…
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Lots of good ideas, Joe! :P

    I probably won’t sell my sites, main because I would need to (or feel obligated to) disclose the fact that the sites don’t current have AdSense ads due to the fact that my account was disabled.

    Knowing that, I think many potential buyers would hesitate to buy them. I know I wouldn’t want to buy a site from someone whose account was banned (fearing that the same thing might happen to me with that site).

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  18. Hey Eric, sorry to hear that. My adsense account has been disabled as well about month ago. Three appellations gave no result. Google is cruel animal, they don’t give second chance, now you and me and others like us can forget about monetization via adsense. I was upset very much for a few days and almost gave up. F#$ck google, here my solution. I’ve changed the ways of monetization to InfoLinks (for all niche sites) and Amazon Affiliate program (for product related sites). Yes, the income is far less than from adsense but that’s better than nothing until I’ll find some better solution.
    Wish you good luck and don’t give up!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, Michael – we’re all in this together (not by choice, of course).

    Amazon and InfoLinks will probably be two of my main monetization methods going forward, along with some other things I’m going to start experimenting with.

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  19. Sorry to hear that. Besides diversifying ad networks, how about diversifying your business models as well?

    While I’m all for focus, you have been doing a lot with niche sites lately.

    Have you any plans on pursuing other models in the near future?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Rasmus,

    You’re definitely right -and I know diversifying business models would be a incredibly helpful for long-term success.

    Although it seems like I’ve focused a lot on niche sites lately, that’s more a function of my free time outside of my “9 to 5″ job (more like 7AM to 9PM job right now). Because I don’t have a ton of time to spend on new projects, I try my best to focus on one area at a time.

    With my authority site, I am working on an eBook that will be free, and will act as a lead-in to my subscriber list. Hopefully, this new “asset” will add some diversification to my passive income portfolio.

    Great questions!

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  20. Eric, same thing happend to me as well and it left me almost in tears as i was expecting my adsense cheque (which never came though) and some hundreds of dollars in the account for next payment.

    Diversification is the key and one thign i know is this, Google Inc is a fraud! they’ve been here for a very long period of time yet they don’t have the right tools to know wassup!

    As per your niche sits, nop, they have not been flagged. Its your adsense account that was disabled not your niche sites. You could sell those sites to someone else and he/she can successfully use another adsense account with those site.s

    Sheyi
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I share your frustration man. I don’t necessarily think Google is a fraud though…they are simply willing to act swiftly in order to protect themselves and their advertisers, whether or not they do so in a logical manner.

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  21. Sorry to her Eric, but your attitude is certainly positive and that leads me to believe you’ll power through.

    Good luck!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Dave!

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  22. I think the reason your account was disabled was because google is going after adsense site creators. By disabling you, they are sending clear message to all your readers that they don’t want sites created just for adsense.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    While I think Google as a whole doesn’t like “made for AdSense sites,” I think the Google AdSense team has different priorities. #1 – Protect their revenue generators (the advertisers). There are thousands and thousands of “made for AdSense” sites out there, most of which I’m sure were created before mine. And I’m willing to bet a LOT of those sites still have AdSense accounts intact.

    While I know I didn’t do anything wrong, there must have been something that threw up a red flag to Google, and that’s why I was tagged as an account with “invalid click activity.”

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  23. I am so sorry to hear about this Eric. I understand completely your side and wish their was a better way to the Adsense service. As a publisher I love using them – the ads are great and context specific and do not have annoying colours or try to trick users. I dislike some ad networks that have sneaky ads like infoads.

    Have you considered private advertising?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Steve. I’ve considered private advertising, but the fact of the matter is, most of my sites wouldn’t be a good fit. They’re too narrowly focused, and the traffic numbers make it not worth the effort. They literally have just enough traffic to be profitable from AdSense but probably not profitable through other means. We’ll see!

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  24. You might think about using Izea Media. It’s a new thing that just launched. I have a blog that gets about 100K PV per month and earn roughly $75 per month from it, but the CPM fluctuates. It’s a nice side income stream although they only let you have one ad block and it has to be above the fold.

    You have to apply for it through Social Spark though and they can be rather picky about approving your site. I had to try several times.

    I also want to ad that I use Infolinks and love it! So if you’ve applied for that, that was for sure a smart thing to do.

    I am so sorry about your account :( But I’m sure you’ll bounce back just fine.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Anna. I’ll have to look into Izea Media…I’ve had a Social Spark account for a long time but have never actually used it.

    How’s your income been with Infolinks? I’m slowly implementing it on my niche sites, but have yet to see any earnings.

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    Anna Reply:

    I average about $5 to $6 a day with it. I also use their tag cloud at the bottom of each page.

    On website pages that have a lot of affiliate links in the text, I turn Infolinks off because I’m afraid that my readers will click the Infolinks ads instead of the affiliate links.

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  25. I’ve also gone thru all this. What I did that I made a new acc with another payee name and address and use all my websites on new acc. Nothing can match AdSense.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s good to hear it worked for you, but I would caution anyone else against doing this, or at least, those who are in the US. If you use someone else’s name and information, they will be the ones responsible for paying tax on the income.

    Obviously, if you do this without their permission, it’s identity theft. Even with their permission, it’s questionable at best. If you start making thousands of dollars, it really becomes a serious tax issue.

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  26. Yeah, Eric – I’m sorry that Google Adsense banned you.

    Did you hear how they disabled Zac Johnson’s Adsense account that’s been around for years and years?

    Let us know if that media.net thing works for you. Yes, diversification is good.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I did hear about that, Paula. It’s crazy! AdSense must really have it out for people who talk about AdSense and create sites specifically made for AdSense. I’ll be sure to report how well Media.net works, once I have enough data to make a conclusion.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  27. That sucks its happening to everyone. BMR was deindexed today and they had no choice but to close down. Google coming down hard.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Yep, Google is definitely cracking down. All the more reason to diversify just about everything you do, including backlinking. I will say though, my sites that were backlinked with UAW have maintained their rankings.

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  28. I know it stinks, but adsense has such a low payout.

    I have a niche site with affiliate products and adsense. It’s made about $3 this month in adsense and $180 in affiliate sales. Adsense probably is costing me money by distracting people from the affiliate offers! I’m guessing once you focus on better offers you’ll find that the same is true. Good luck!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s a good point, Rich. If you have a site in the right niche, affiliate sales can certainly offer a greater income potential compared to AdSense. It’s really niche-specific though…I know I have a lot of micro niche sites that really wouldn’t work with any affiliate product.

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  29. Really sorry to hear that this has happened to you.
    Thanks for posting of your experience though and remaining so generous in adversity.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the support, warriorwoman!

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  30. Try Media.net you might even be able to make more with them. They claim to have lots of advertisers.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’m currently testing them out on a couple of sites…earned $1 so far!

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  31. Eric, I truly admire your attitude in the fact of this adversity. You clearly have the right stuff to make things work out, best of luck to you my friend.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks AJ – I think attitude is everything in life, and the first step (on a very a long staircase, mind you) to being successful. Let’s hope it pays off.

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  32. Google is gaining too much power! They basically control the whole internet and can do whatever they want. Why don’t you just sell off the sites?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I would sell off the sites, however the fact that I lost my AdSense account would scare off a lot of potential buyers, I fear. With that being said, I’d prefer to just find another way to monetize the sites and ultimately dump whichever ones are no longer profitable.

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  33. G’day Eric – bit wet here in my part of Australia today and sorry to learn “G” rained on your parade!

    What a bummer!

    Glad to hear you’re keeping your chin up though mate!

    Big business tramples little guy yet again!

    I prefer to think of you as todays’ David just about to solve the Goliath problem!

    May be going to mention something you already know / are aware of but many moons ago I found the following information about top 10 alternatives to Google.

    http://www.rosswalker.co.uk/adsense_top10/

    Even if you know some others here may not.

    Good luck.

    Paul

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Paul, thanks so much for the comment and for the link! I’ll definitely check it out, as I’m exploring several different alternatives to AdSense.

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  34. Sorry to hear about this man.

    I changed my name by deed poll to the one you see there after a similar experience to yours.

    Honestly, don’t bother with the LLC to set up more adsense sites.

    Google are a bad bet and they are becoming increasingly good at linking accounts. Once they link you to the new LLC account they will simply close it.

    I would sell all of the niche sites and put all of your efforts into the authority site.

    Might be hard going at first, but it has more buffering capabilities against bad blows when the site is a bit bigger, and more opportunities to monetise without Google.

    My advice is avoid ALL Google products, including Adwords, because they are very trigger happy at shooting down those as well (wonder how I know that…) even if you have done nothing wrong.

    They are not a good company to do business with on any level.

    Personally, I NEVER click an adsense ad any more, because it makes Google money, and that is a good enough reason not to.

    There are no viable alternatives for small very-niched sites that pay anywhere near as much; which is all the more reason why you should count this as a failed experiment, ditch all the small sites, and start building out a big site.

    That DOES have plenty of opportunities that don’t need adsense.

    Small sites are not the future. Large, quality websites is definitly the way to go.

    If you poured the same energy into 1 site as you did into 80, then you will be further along in a years time.

    Sorry for the pain though fella. It Sucks.

    I genuinely feel for you.

    ~ G-A-S ~

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Great rant, “G-A-S”, and I agree with a lot of what you said. My plan going forward is to put most of my focus on my authority site, however I’m still going to do my best to monetize my higher traffic micro-niche sites.

    Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it.

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  35. Man that sucks! I hope you’re able to bounce back quickly. When you hit the bottom, the only place left to go is up, right?

    Also, I’d really love to see posts about alternatives to Adsense and creating an LLC. Thanks for sharing your experiences so the rest of us can learn from them!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Christina! As my time slowly frees up with the end of tax season, I’ll be writing about some of the AdSense alternatives that I’m trying, along with a little tutorial for how I create an LLC.

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  36. Man, I feel like I dodged a bullet here! Even though I haven’t done anything wrong with my adsense account, I recently received by first $100 payment. I read that a lot of account closings happen after that first payment.

    That, mixed with this recent wave of closings, had me somewhat paranoid. But thankfully (knock on wood), my adsense account is still up and running for the time being.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Don’t be paranoid, Steve – the vast majority of people never have issues with their AdSense accounts. It’s just people like me, who (wrongfully) get their account disabled that tend to speak the loudest. The best thing you can do though is make sure AdSense isn’t your primary source of income. Do what you can to diversify, so that you’re in a position to make decent money with or without AdSense.

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  37. Eric, no doubt about it. It sucks any way you look at it. But I do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.

    If there is a bright side to any of this, it’t that you at least have sensible and well though out plan of how to move forward.

    Like they say “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Stephen! I really believe that a positive attitude is 50% of being successful, so I try and stick to that as best as I can.

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  38. Hi Eric
    One door closes another one opens.
    Have you seen Nate Rivers business model aimed at niche sites. He creates a video training course that he sells on these sites (little competition- good profit margin- and independent of Google adsense)
    he’s apparently making $500-$1300/nth of reach of these sites, and would make a great substitute for adsense on your niche sites given that you’re already getting traffic

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Wazza, I hadn’t heard of that, but I’ll check it out.

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  39. Create an LLC on legalzoom. They will make sure the name is good with Secretary of State. Then you call them up and ask them for the EIN number in advance, that way you will have all the info to setup accounts with adsense and other networks to be paid through LLC. Just remember you are subject to self employment tax as a single memeber LLC that it goes on a Schedule C on your personal return, you may want to look at S-Election down the road. I just created an LLC for my online ventures (delaware corporation because if Amazon pulls affiliates in New York I will still be able to stay in business).

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Baldeep. No worries, I am a CPA, so I am well aware of the rules with regard to LLCs, s-corps, and the impact on self-employment tax. :)

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  40. Hey Eric, its been awhile since I posted. But I’m glad you had your successes. And there are always things that happen, like Google Adsense Robot is being stupid. Anyway I lost that google adsense too and I decided to moved to just putting paid adverts from sponsors and other things. I’m glad you found the LLC thing to do a new account if you decide to. Have it easy!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Boris! Good to hear from you.

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  41. Wow, that sucks – and it makes me mad because you’re one of the good guys. Don’t know what else to say.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Kent, I appreciate the kind words. It’s all a part of doing business though…sometimes curve balls are thrown your way, and you just need to get in a position to still knock them out of the park (okay, I’m really into baseball, and the season just started!).

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  42. Hey Eric,

    This defiinitely isn’t the first time I have heard of Google doing this, hear a lot about this if i’m totally honest. It’s shocking how they just drop you like that.

    Did you have a list of your top clicks, you could try emailing them and get them on an in house deal banner ad or something.

    Or ask if they have an affiliate program, and join that Im sure they will be happy if you sent them great leads :)

    Thanks
    Joe
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the tips Joe – I hadn’t thought about reaching out to advertisers individually, although now that my account is disabled, I can’t even access old data. That’s okay though, there are a million ways to monetize a website. All I need to do is figure out which ones are effective. :)

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  43. Hi Eric,

    Sorry to hear about the Adsense account. I too have been having quite a bit of anxiety of my Adsense account in 2012 as it has been a huge income earner for me.

    Everything I do is in compliance with ToS and after studying really hard on what the official Adsense blog suggests in terms of optimization and such, I’ve seen my income rise from a buck or two a day to close to 100 a day.

    Now everyday is a nail-biting day wishing that Google (especially bots) don’t do something strange and ban my account as the site is reliant on advertising and no other ad network I’ve tried can match Google’s relevancy in ads.

    I’d love to see what you’ll do to bounce back on these niche sites. Best of luck to you and more power!

    Dave
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the support David! And I agree, AdSense is by far the best for displaying relevant ads on small niche sites. However, I am finding that Media.net is a pretty good alternative if your site fits into one of their categories. The only issue is, each site must be individually approved, so there’s a bit more work involved.

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  44. Worst Nightmare EVER! You are taking it really well though. I would be curled up in a ball with a box of tissues.

    I keep telling myself to not rely so much on Adsense, but it is hard when it is accounting for more than half of my blog income! And about a third of my overall monthly income!

    I hope you win the dispute with Google! Thanks for sharing your story and reminding us all to keep our guard up and be prepared.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I know, Miranda, it’s tough to think about life after Google. :) Just do what you can to explore other forms of monetization *just in case.*

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  45. Hi Eric,

    This post scares the hell out of me. I’m thinking about developing and building some niche websites with Adsense, but now I’m thinking twice about it.

    One idea for you going forward: sell all of your sites that had a decent income. The site that made $30/month could be sold for around $300.

    Another idea: Try and build sites that are affiliate/offer-based. For example: https://flippa.com/2707767-nearly-20k-profit-since-september-powerful-affiliate-site —- that site made quite a bit of money last year from just one offer, not bad. I know you said that’s going to be more your strategy going forward, just pick some of the right products and you’ll be golden.

    Also, good luck with Media.net, I’ve heard good things about them.

    I look forward to reading about what you’ve done and how your earnings have changed, and how you’ve shifted the income.

    Good luck!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Tipjar – Don’t let my story scare you away from developing niche websites. Just build sites that can be monetized with things other than AdSense, just in case.

    I would sell off my decent sites, but people are very unwilling to buy sites from someone whose AdSense account was disabled. Worse yet, because my account is disabled, I can’t access the old data. Therefore, I can’t “prove” how much money the site was earning.

    Going forward, my authority site will be a big focus, which I’ll be writing more about in the future.

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  46. Hey Buddy,

    It is really frustrating to get the adsense account disable.

    Followings are my suggestion that might be help you.
    (1)If you build micro niche sites , never build more than 25 sites under 1 adsense account.Google do not much like micro niche sites,but if you still want to build it then just do not build more than 25 sites under one adsense account.

    All most all my internet marketing friends get their adsense account banned because of micro niche site model.If you see that any of your site is winner ,just try to add more content and provide value to the visitor and make more money over a period of time.

    If you site follow,micro niche site model just be safe.Like make 4-5 adsense account.Use VPN so your ip is different and google can not track you by cookies since you log in from VPN.

    (2)Rather to use amazon, just look out on cj.com for affiliate products.Most of cases ,You can get %4 to 10%amazon affiliate commision where as in cj.com you might get 10% to 15% affiliate commision.Cookies will be track for 30-90 days depends on advertiser.Where as in amazon ,just for 24 hours.

    If you have any more questions or suggestion ,please let me know by email admin@theim.org.

    Have fun ….

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the tips, ruchik. I think you have some good ideas there, although creating 4-5 AdSense accounts would definitely be against their terms of service.

    I do like CJ.com, and agree that it’s a better place for affiliate promotion for certain products, compared to Amazon.

    What I like best about Amazon though is the variety of products. Someone may click through your link to look at a book, and then afterwards, they stay on Amazon.com to purchase a computer. So many of my commissions come from products that I didn’t even link to, which is great.

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  47. I am really sorry to hear this. The good news is that you will be better because of it. I know it sounds funny to say this, but you will come up with so many alternatives down the road you may completely forget about Adsense.

    My Paypal account and Google Adwords account have been shut down completely and they of course don’t offer any reason. Unfortunately these companies seem to have a no tolerance policy and don’t reconsider their decisions. Paypal is so messed up I can’t even spend money through them! They informed me they don’t even want me as a customer.

    It really sucked at the time both of those incidents happened, but I pulled through and now have 5 payment alternatives for Paypal. I also found several other ways to get lower PPC campaigns. It ended up not hurting me. The biggest pain for me is with Paypal though where I can’t buy anything through Paypal because so many people only use Paypal.

    As my business has grown online I have learned that these big companies like Google and Paypal have no issues letting people start using them and get the word out about them, but the second they get big enough they have no problem stabbing you in the back. Sadly most of the time they let computers make these decisions, and they don’t let humans actually review the overall issue.

    I am sorry to hear this. Just heard of a friend of mine that got their GetResponse account shut down and another guy got their Kindle Publisher account shut down. It seems like anything online you have to diversify your income and spread the risk across many platforms and channels.

    I really enjoy your blog!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the support Paul, and I’m sorry to hear about your experience with Google and PayPal. It really is a shame when these things happen, but the best of us will find ways to make money and succeed without them. :)

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  48. Ouch…so sorry to hear this has happened. I heard earlier today about BMR and then also rec’vd an email from a successful amazon affiliate marketer, warning that Amazon is going on the rampage as well.

    As someone who has poured thousands of dollars and a couple years of my life into internet marketing, this is certainly discouraging.

    Matt Carter has recently mentioned an affiliate monetization source called VigLink. (I think that’s it) Maybe it’s something to look into. I am certainly going to look into it asap, as I may have sites currently in jeopardy.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Jess – I will definitely look into VigLink!

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  49. I hear you bro,

    I went through the same thing. To this day I have not figured out what went on ??

    So my sympathy there from someone in the same boat.

    I am working on a business model now that takes control of my own earning

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Azzam! I’d be really interested to hear about the new business model you’re working on.

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  50. Hey Mate

    Sorry to hear about your account. I had the same thing happen to me a few months back and I was averaging around €2500 a month and then Wham! Your Banned! Absolutely Ludicrous

    Google have become the big monster they always said they wouldn’t. I appealed it even though I found blatant click-jacking by a bunch of Russian IP’s, but they were not interested. I guess they were more interested in the big budgets that the insurance companies where spending with them, than an affiliate that had outranked these massive corporations onto Pg1 for competitive insurance terms

    Anyway my attitude is screw Google and I would be aware of Amazon as well as they have been on a banning run for the past month. Also for no apparent reason

    Cheers

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Marc – yes, it’s very disappointing when this stuff happens. I’ll need to check out my Amazon sites and make sure everything is in line…I’d hate to lose that too!

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  51. I’m just starting out with Adsense and have enjoyed reading your posts since coming here from Pats site during the niche duel.

    Are you able to get anything from your adsense account, stats wise? I know you said you had a few sites not performing, why not bundle them up and flip them or are you not able to do this because the adsense account was banned for that site. Would a new owner not be able to use it?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Unfortunately, I don’t think people are willing to buy sites from someone who had their AdSense account disabled. Also, because I can’t access my account anymore, I don’t have access to my stats. It sucks, but I’m moving on. :)

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    Tim Reply:

    After my Adsense account was banned 2 months ago ($4300 in unpaid earnings down the drain) I successfully sold one of my niche sites on Flippa for $750. I gave full disclosure in my listing and people seemed to be ok with it after asking the necessary questions. To this day the buyer has posted Adsense ads on the site without any problems.

    If you type the URL of the site in question into this tool you can see how Adsense ads would appear in real time. If the site were banned no ads would appear.

    http://www.labnol.org/google-adsense-sandbox/

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  52. Hi,

    I noticed that your account was disabled after you published a blog post about Adsense.

    A curious thing is that also my Adsense was suspended some months ago shortly after I had published a post about Adsense.

    Best Regards

    Mario Pesce
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    Eric G. Reply:

    It is a strange coincidence, although I don’t think Google minds people discussing their biggest revenue generator. As long as you follow the rules (which I did), you technically shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop them from disabling you.

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  53. Hi Eric,

    This had happened to me couple of years ago and since then I have moved on. I had the same reaction and the reason to me seems that Google does not allow any publisher to reveal their adsense earnings and maybe, because you did, they caught you on that.

    Though on the side note, I was able to re-apply to Google Adsense & got it approved too from the new “physical address”. Try it. Maybe, that works.

    Thanks,
    Sudeep

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I think Google is more sensitive to people revealing their click-through rates and earnings-per-click, which I never revealed. I think only talking about earnings is okay. They cited the reason for my disabling as “invalid click activity,” so hopefully that had nothing to do with my writing on this blog.

    Thanks for the comment Sudeep!

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  54. Hi Eric,
    I am one of the silent readers but today i had to comment.
    Sorry to hear about your account and that it happened to you.
    I just was wondering to myself could it be that you used one of those “Maximum Ad-sense themes”
    It a theme that makes a ad sense links ad look like buttons as a part of your site design.
    You Can see here an example of what i mean
    http://www.freewp-themes.com/themes/707/

    Cheers

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Although my themes displayed most of the AdSense ads “above the fold”, they were legit from the standpoint that they weren’t in a position to “trick” people into clicking. This is something I know Google hates, and it’s a good way to get your account disabled.

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  55. This is nothing special to me as my 2 of my adsense account banned without valid reason and why appeal as well. I’ve decided to left adsense and move to other marketing.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Good plan, Jeremy – I’ll be joining you!

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  56. Eric, you got my tweet as this is just a viral post!

    Sorry to hear that but nice that you could get a LLC and have one later.

    I’d suggest you consider applying for EPN (Ebay Ad network) if you are on product niche and may sell and flip some of your sites.

    I was on the same boat – my Amazon Affiliate account was ban in California.

    I know how it feels when you see the potential and growth there.

    Keep it up! I totally buy in doing this niche site things as a part-time.

    Hope you could diversify more and have other Affiliate income stream.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Kent – I tried applying to EPN about a year ago and my application was declined, so I haven’t tried applying again since then. Things will get better, in time. :)

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  57. am really sorry to hear you got the ban from Adsense.google are getting real good at this arent they, guess we need to start thinking of ways of working on a business model that will take control of our own earnings

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Ruth!

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  58. Oh Im sorry to hear that. Anyway, IF you were banned, can you still recover it from downfall???!!! How?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    The best way for me to recover is to simply find new forms of monetization, test them, and see what works best.

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  59. Perhaps you could create your own Adsense-like ads. Contact the Adsense advertisers who advertise on similar sites and offer them a better deal. Make your ads look like Google’s, then you don’t have to worry about their TOS and can be more creative with drawing attention to your ads.

    I think Google could solve these problems by being open and honest. If they were more open about what the violations were, webmasters would get the message quickly. This makes me think Google isn’t being honest, meaning that violations like yours aren’t really for the cryptic reasons they give. Obviously, they’re trying to hide something, why else would they not reveal the specific violation?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree, David. And that’s a pretty creative idea, to make ads that looks similar to Google’s. The problem is, they wouldn’t be dynamic and change on each page, and it would probably be complicated and time intensive to reach out to advertisers and set up a system to be paid directly by them, per click. Thanks for the comment!

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  60. Ouch! I know that can’t be a fun email to wake up to. It sounds like you’ve got a good attitude about it though.

    Most of my income right now is relying on SEO for traffic and Amazon for monetisation, so I have most of my eggs in one basket and it would be really painful to lose that. I am definitely planning to diversify in the coming months (first I’m working on building things up a bit more).

    I’m impressed by the amount of optimism you show in the midst of this. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks John, for the comment and the support! Do your best to diversify *now*, so that just in case something happens, you won’t find yourself without anything to fall back on.

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  61. So sad to hear that..being banned in Adsense..Truly I haven’t idea about this Adsense disability..Thanks for this post..and options..
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  62. Wow…I suddenly don’t feel so bad…I, too, was disabled by the Mighty Google on Friday morning (03/19). Thirty niche sites and $200+ in the Google Bank all gone. Invalid click activity – WTF??? Some days I didn’t even HAVE any clicks. And a “team thoroughly investigated” me and “then determined.”..?? Really? When, why, and WTF?? All that work, all those pretty sites, gone gone gone – I was sick. I appealed and was denied in less than a day.

    For me, the variable appeared to be my listing the site in question Thur on Flippa without disabling my Adsense ads. This theory was the meat of my appeal. I even went so far as to give Google my Flippa login info (yup, I was scrapin’). As a new Flippa seller, I was positive that some psycho, click-bombing Flippa stalker had deliberately brought me down. But now, I’m not so sure. Looks like last week was a big disabling day for the Bad Google Boys.

    Personally, I feel Google is a heartless, condescending enterprise and I don’t give a $#&* about where their loyalties lie. I did nothing wrong. Period. And I’m sure neither did the larger percentage of those that were disabled. After my appeal was denied by some Google robot, I wrote “The Big Letter” – which, I’m sure, means nothing to those a&%$#s but it sure made me feel better.

    Google can do whatever they want and they don’t care about your income or your hard work. They don’t care one bit. They don’t even care enough to ELABORATE on the reason. It’s all rather evil if you ask me. Even the option to appeal is creepy. Appeal? With what proof? We don’t even know what to defend – but we try because we read somewhere that an appeal ACTUALLY WORKED. So we guess and we make stuff up and we assume and all of that – and then we’re denied. No explanation? Just a generic email?

    I get that Google can do what they want – I GET IT. The dreaded email even says something to the effect of “You can appeal if you want to but just remember – we have the right to do whatever we want whenever we want to whoever we want without giving any explanation whatsoever. But, sure, yeah, feel free to appeal.” And then there’s the line that really sums it all up…”Google realizes that this may be be an inconvenience to you…”

    So, I was depressed for two days and now I have Chitika and Kontera up. Oh well…yawn…not have as much fun as checking my Adsense stats every hour or so..I WILL miss that.

    Good luck to everyone….Let’s all do great in spite of it all…

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I feel your pain for sure, Zari! The best thing we can do is move on and become successful WITHOUT AdSense.

    And I agree…I used to love checking Adsense every 30-60 minutes. I guess the good thing is, I’ll have more time and less distractions. :)

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  63. this so nice and I like it.
    thanks that you sheared this
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  64. Well, sorry to hear that. It’s definitely hurt, I’ve been there and it didn’t feel good at all. At first it would feels like a nightmare, and it’s kinda a long one.

    Honestly it’ll better happens now instead later, when your actually done it with much bigger scale, more risk on your money, more wasted time on your life and everything is basicly for nothing.

    Starts diversify, how about make niche sites for clickbank? amazon? cpa? don’t stop there, making sites and build a list?

    Just take your experience and the knowledge you got so far into the next big thing for yourself. But the different is, you just got wiser when making a decision.

    Best luck for you mate, just don’t give up.

    Regards

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the support, I appreciate it! :)

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  65. Hi Eric,I also lose my adsense acount but your post give me hope and motivation.Thanks for giving different options.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem Pete – hopefully we will all move on and continue to be successful.

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  66. Sorry to hear your adsense got closed. Have you ever considered the possibility that you got ‘flagged’ because you added too many sites in a short time?

    I have only a few websites, but even if it starts with the idea of a ‘micro niche’ it always turns out to be quite a big site (25+ posts in the first months of building).
    Anyway next time I’ll be sure to add adsense if the site had enough articles. I hope not to get banned myself because in my opinion, affiliates and other networks don’t work that well in my region :)

    Good luck in the future!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    While that’s certainly possible, it doesn’t fit with their reasoning of “invalid click activity.” Granted, they might just be saying that (and actually disabling me for another reason, like the one you’ve suggested), but I guess we’ll never really know for sure.

    You’re right though, it probably is better to have a more established site with more content, before adding AdSense. Thanks!

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  67. Well its good to listen your story. You are a CPA and I am also a student of Accountancy and Finance and will pursue CPA Degree in near future. I back your opinion of diversification in business operations. We have seen big corporate giants collapse due to relying on one revenue stream while small and medium sized enterprises smoothly sailing out of recession courtesy diversification in business activities. As an Internet marketing expert with an experience of a couple years I sugg4est everybody to sell self created products on Amazon as this is the safest method to earn money online for longer periods of time

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Usman, and best of luck with your CPA pursuit! :)

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  68. That does suck about your adsense. It sounds from your latest March profits, that even though the profits are reduced, they are still there.

    Looking forward to hearing your other ideas.

    Alex
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    Eric G. Reply:

    True, at least all of my earnings haven’t gone away yet. Because I’ve been so busy with tax season and not paying much attention to my internet marketing business, I fear that April could be worse than March. I’m not worried though – things WILL get better.

    Thanks for the comment, Alex.

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  69. There seems to be a pattern of accounts being disabled when people write about how to earn with Adsense. I came across your post because Spencer of Niche Pursuits just got banned and mentioned you in his post. He just setup his niche theme for WordPress based on earning with Adsense.

    I understand that Google doesn’t really provide you much detail on exactly what happened because they don’t want people to abuse it. However, for everyone trying to do it right, you’re left with no alternative but to use multiple sources for income.

    Anyway, I’m really sorry to hear that this happened to you. I wish the best for you moving forward and hope it works out better as a LLC.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, and the support, Laura. While it does seem like there’s a trend with people who write about AdSense being disabled, I think it’s somewhat of a incorrect conclusion. The only people who talk about getting banned from AdSense are the ones who previously talked about earning with AdSense, so it makes sense that these are the only ones you read about.

    In reality, there are probably hundreds or maybe thousands of other accounts that have been banned, that you simply don’t hear about because those people don’t have blogs where they talk about it.

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  70. Hey,

    What was your CTR on adsense? How many websites did you have on your account? Did you notice a certain site that has a really high CTR?

    If someone is performing click bombing, maybe there is a way to create a WP plugin that will protect you from click bombing?

    wish you luck and if you need ideas on diversification, hit me with a mail.

    Cheers.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I don’t think any of my sites had unusually high CTR’s – I think Google just had it out for people who had large portfolios of “made for AdSense” niche sites, unfortunately.

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  71. Well, what to say, i’m really sorry to hear that Eric. I’ve heard a lot of complains about the overwhelming of GA team recently, but he who has the gold makes the rule. Hope you will get back soon.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Alex, I appreciate it!

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  72. wow, almost every day I am hearing peoples google adsense accounts being banned. Is google spring cleaning..

    this also happen to Zac Johnson.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Yep, it’s very unfortunate, but as internet marketers, we always need to be prepared for changes that are out of our control.

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  73. Eric, I loaded my site this afternoon and found all of my ads gone. I went to AdSense and got the dreaded message. This is on my VERY FIRST MONTH of operation. I know I’ve never clicked my own ads, so this is very annoying and discouraging. I filed the appeal. I guess I’ll just wait and see. Thankfully, I had media.net approved for one site (thanks to you), so I was able to patch the holes with something. This is just plain discouraging…

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s extremely disappointing to hear, Mike. Honestly though it’s a good thing that it happened to you very early on, so you’ll learn how to get by without relying on AdSense. In the long run, it’ll be better for you.

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  74. Same thing happen with my blog as well. Google adsense was only one way that my blog was earning but now it has gone coz my account is suspend for the same reason and i was shocked what the hell has happened.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I know, it really sucks Rob. The only the thing to do is test out different types of monetization, and hope you can come close to the earnings you had with AdSense.

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  75. great post , and it’s a shame Adsense policy is too strict

    take a look here: two “big” publishers got banned too, but they got the account back

    http://marketingland.com/recent-bans-surface-adsense-publishers-complaints-about-google-5569

    I wonder, if Adsense would get smarter, why they need to ban a whole account, instead when they can warn us first to remove ads from a specific site?

    Since most of us have more than just one site, and I think click fraud (if happens from users/visitors whom we have no control over) could result on some sites, not all. I can bet this.

    What do you think?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree – I do wish they could be a bit more selective and either warn/ban individual sites, not entire accounts. From Google’s perspective though, it would possibly take too much manpower to review individual sites. If they feel a particular account is “risky” and could potentially provide poor value for their advertisers, they probably figured out that it’s more cost-effective to just shut down an entire account and not spend the time to investigate.

    It definitely sucks for us, but I guess that’s the way it is.

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  76. I wonder why – in the case of click bombing etc – Google not just banned the website/blog/url instead of banned the Adsense Account?

    Or maybe this is only my unexperienced noob useless thought..

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  77. Sorry about your adsense account – same thing happened to me on May 1st. No previous warning and I’d been with them over 5 years! So, now I’m scrambling to find the right alternatives to put on my sites. I’ve never done very well with affiliates but now I’m determined to give it a go.
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  78. After my adsense account was banned without my fault.i searched for its alternatives and found chitika is better. Something is Better than Nothing :)

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  79. My account was getting 30,40 click last started few day.I did not click any of them now i got a mail saying your account is disabled.I bought 10000rs of adword now my account adsence account is gon.

    Adsence have issued 100$ check this month i do not know will it work now.

    I have filled the form.Hoping for the best.
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  80. Eric, it’s terrifying to read posts like this. I’ve been seeing these adsense suspension posts pop up a lot (that’s actually how I found yours, a link from another post where the same thing happened!) Reminds me of the quote:

    A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn

    The strong and smart ones will come out better! Good luck and keep us updated on the Adsense replacements you find/like/recommend.

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  81. Hi Eric

    when i check my Adsense acount also disabled at 20/3/2012 , i never put the ads in any web. only register via docstock at 09/2011 then i leave it. until the date which the incident quite close to your nightmare March 2012.

    This is because i focus not in GA but amazon site and i stil not yet start with GA because honestly i am too afraid because of this banned issue. as many people experience the same issue like yours

    Anyway when i checked the inbox i did not get the email from google (no email at all) did google team sent email normaly will goes to spam folder ? is anyone can confirm this ?

    #how to contact GA team for inquiry the details of reason why they disable my account?

    #is GA team will disabled accounts which the account not have website ? oo boy

    thanks, your blog is very inspiring

    rgds

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sorry to hear that, Jimmy. I don’t believe an e-mail from them would go into a spam folder, especially if you’re using Gmail (since it’s all Google-owned). Make sure you are looking at the correct e-mail inbox (the one you registered with). You can try to contact them via the appeal form (I’m not sure of the exact URL, but you can Google it), however I wouldn’t expect any sort of personalized reply. They generally won’t share the exact details of why you were banned. It’s best just to move on, in my opinion. Just be glad you didn’t have any earnings to lose!

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  82. I have said it before, if G is allowed to continue with this monopolized overall internet kingship, they will end up not only killing the internet, but have it completely destroyed
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  83. So sorry your AdSense account was banned. I want to complement your positive attitude even after hearing this. You are truly inspirational!

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  84. I just got a similar letter today. Google owed me almost $40,000. I’m wondering if anyone here would be interested in a class action suit. I think it would be fine if Google would come to us and say your website violates our standards and you need to fix “X” in the next week or we’ll shut you down, but to just say “screw you we’re not going to pay you and we won’t even tell you why or respond to your inquirys” is NOT acceptable.

    Anyone interested in joining me in a class action suit against them?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I feel your frustration, Frank. Honestly, if I thought we had a chance in winning, I’d join you. Unfortunately, the terms that we agree to when we sign up for AdSense basically gives them the power to do what they did. Any argument on our part would simply be refuted by whatever Google says we did to violate their terms of use.

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  85. I hear ya’! I have a small blog, maybe 10 views per day, and when I finally thought that the adsense I had on my blog would finally amount to over the $100 cut off, I was very excited! But no, not only did I get the same exact email to start off with, but they did indeed deny my appeal. After getting excited that I could indeed make money using adsense, I now have a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t think i will ever go back to them, with or without an LLC. I followed all the rules too! seems like I just advertised for free! I will be checking out Chitika, any other suggestions?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’ve used Chitika (and will be writing about it soon), but it’s not the greatest. Here’s a link to the AdSense alternatives I’ve written about so far:

    http://www.my4hrworkweek.com/tag/adsense-alternatives/

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  86. Hello, Eric. It’s really cool the way you give attention to people who comment here. I even didn t have started and got banned today. Adsense was not my main plan but only a way to monetize while I add more value to my sites, establish my e-stores and my own affiliate program.

    I got really shocked because I even didn’t have any clicks. My case wasn’t invalid clicks. I know long ago how strict Google is and I have no idea about what caused my ban. Of course invalid clicks are not the only reason, but I couldn’t figure out any cause except trying to “guess” what Google might have considered this or that.

    It’s nice you are not down. I got upset of course but since it wasn’t my main goal, so I can handle it. Well, see ya.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey JH Max, thanks for the comment. That’s very odd that you were banned before you even had any clicks. Sometimes I have no idea how Google makes its decisions. Perhaps they didn’t like the placement of your ads? (An extreme example of this would be if you had a big arrow that said “CLICK HERE” pointing to an ad block).

    Hopefully this won’t set you back too much. Good luck!

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    JH Max Reply:

    That’s what happens because of Google’s silence, Eric, we can only speculate, try to guess. I didn’t use any practice in order to… you know, lead users to click. Nevertheless I’ve just reported some sites (for years) with clearly intentions to manipulate users and make them click on purpose and guess what happenned? Nothing.

    Google uses random criteria to deal with anything they consider violations in different websites. Well, it didn’t hurt too much (except the fact that I didn’t expect to be banned the way I did) since I wasn’t gonna count on Adsense to support my site (and no one should really) but as an extra.

    Good luck with your business and websites. You’ve done a good job so far. (And believe me, it’s a very rare thing I make a comment on any blog :D )

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  87. Same happened to me on a site that had $500 a month coming in after 2 months. Apparently my marketing got too aggresive.

    I like the idea of the LLC though, and will use it myself to get back with them. Also, will avoid their sites. I hope no one bombed you on purposed. I have some sites I visit bi-yearly that I hope benefit, but never set off an alarm.

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    Bob Reply:

    I think the biggest mistake people can make is continuing to do business with Google. They will continue to get larger and more powerful if people turn the other cheek and create more accounts under a different alias…

    This just fuels them and makes them even more money… And sends the message that they can do whatever they like to hard working internet producers… Remember, you still stand the chance of getting disabled once you are making too much money.

    People need to start using different search engines like duckduckgo.com and seek out other advertising sources. 10 years from now the internet landscape will probably look much differet… Remember Netscape?

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    JH Max Reply:

    Agree.

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  88. Hmm… I currently use Infolinks as my primary form of advertising, and was about to jump into the Adsense pool… This is definitely making me have second thoughts.
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    Bob Reply:

    All I can say is this… What is happening to so many internet producers, happened to me as well. I was promoting an original web-series on YouTube and was getting thousands of views… And just as I was about to get my first check for about $180.00 they disabled my account with no reason whatsoever… I appealed and was denied. Now according to AdSense I am banned to life? … Something VERY wrong is going on here…

    And unless people band together and just stop using Google related services… It will only get worse…

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  89. So, got home today, started scrolling through my Gmail account and BAM!, the same message slapped me in the face. Crap!

    A couple interesting ironies here…

    First, I am a 10 year Adsense veteran. Never had a problem, was never questioned – my adsense sites have been essentially the same for 3-5 years.

    Second, this comes on the heels of an email from adsense telling me I could make more money by changing a 250×250 on some of my sites to a 300×250 (better ad inventory).

    My Youtube account was recently banned as well. After I uploaded a couple review videos. If I was into conspiracies, I would say that Google has something against me.

    Goes to show – one hand of Google has no idea what the other hand is up to.

    Fortunately for me – even though my adsens income a couple years ago was fairly substantial, it has petered off so much recently that I was actually considering replacing it with something else. Crazy timing, wouldn’t you say?

    In any case, it would seem that Google has finally gone completely mad.
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  90. I can just imagine the panic you felt when seeing that email. That’s a horrible thing to happen. I always assumed Google would send a warning email first, allowing you to try and correct the issue. I’m glad I’ve found out that they do no such thing.
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  91. Hi Eric,
    Just how many sites did you installed your Adsense Ads?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Jeff – it was approximately 80-90 sites.

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  92. Yep, add me to the club. I have worked for six months to build 10 niche sites. I feel just like the rest here that I have spent thousands of hours trying to get my sites right to get traffic build them and grow and they cut you off at the knees with no warning and hide behind any kind of personal service whatsoever. Fill out a form and maybe we will give you a hall pass? Im a grown adult working hard to build a new business. If this is the way Google operates, then let them to themselves. They will eventually ruin it for themselves doing these kind of things. I live right next door to their company here in Silocon Valley. They took my few dollars I made too and told me they are returning it to the advertisers. So in essence, my work brought the advertiser the traffic, a sale may have been made, Google got theirs and I get nothing. What a great gig for them. Now I will be taking off all my google ads and monitize another way. Google really does suck for the little guy. Is my blog that bad? People work years to support the buidling of thier sites and they claim becasue its not enough traffic? You have to be given a chance. What a bunch of bull.

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  93. As i woke up yesterday the same thing happened i immediately went into a panic and didn’t know what to do. My youtube account was just starting to get big. Can anyone help me get my account back?

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  94. “It is important for a site displaying AdSense to offer significant value to the user by providing unique and relevant content, and not to place ads on auto-generated pages or pages with little to no original content.

    Your site should also provide a good user experience through clear navigation and organization. Users should be able to easily click through your pages and find the information they are seeking.”

    They don’t want users just going to a page then clicking an add and leaving. MFA or micro niche sites are often poor quality. Also CTR is often high on micro sites, and or ad placement is made to look like users should click.

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  95. Hi,
    I am facing a similar issue with this. I have a 7 months old blog for cooking with 52 posts till date. I am planning to expand the topics to different house hold areas and crafts. All the contents yet are genuine, including the images.
    When I applied for adsence, google team sends back the same mail what you have posted here. But, I cant understand the issue. And adsence website disapproved my mail id. I am a bit desperate about this.
    I expect any of you can help me….
    blog URL is : http://keralakitchen-madeeasy.blogspot.in .

    Please help me…..

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Kavitha, I’m sorry to hear about that. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that any of us can do, given that Google acts very swiftly and definitively.

    I’m not sure I understand your situation though – were you denied an AdSense account, or was your existing AdSense account banned? If you were simply denied, I would wait a little while, continue building your site, and apply again later. Or, start working on a new site and apply for AdSense using that site, once it’s built.

    If you were banned (like me), there really isn’t much you can do. If you set up a new business (separate legal entity), you can apply for an AdSense account for that business, but I’m guessing you would need to use a new website for it.

    Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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  96. I just lost my adsense account recently. In fact, mysteriously, both of my adsense accounts have been disabled for no reasons that I don’t know of.

    Whilst I would be more then happy to move on, both adsense accounts were linked to two different Youtube accounts of mine. Google also told me that I will no longer be able to take part in the partnership program meaning one of my big Youtube goals that I have been working months to get, has been shattered.

    I was 5 days away from earning $150, money that my plans for the next few months relied on. I really hope Google accepts my appeal.

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    Bobby J. Reply:

    As of this post, I have not yet heard of an instance where Google accepted an appeal… If you get re-activated, please let us know… But be prepared… It doesn’t look good…

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Indeed, Bobby, appeals are very rare. Mine was denied, as were everyone else’s that I’ve heard of. If/when I get a new AdSense account (my business, actually, not me), you’ll definitely see me report it on the blog!

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    Fraser Long Reply:

    Sadly (but as a predicted) my appeal was not accepted.

    Mysteriously, just a few minutes ago, I received a message saying that my OTHER adsense account has been disabled.

    I honestly suspect some foul play. Whilst they may have seen that booth accounts share the same IP address (or something like that) I honestly don’t believe that. I feel that someone I know may be trying to sabotage my adsense.

    I could be over-thinking, but this is just very odd that BOTH adsense accounts just get disabled out of the blue, both of them being disabled three days apart. I won’t bother appealing this other account.

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  97. I also lost my AdSense account today. It’s really sad but after browsing a lot of posts about how and why they got their AdSense accounts disabled, and by dropping by here and reading your post, I was truly enlightened that I need to move on and accept the reality.

    I just have some questions though. If I create a new business and sign up to AdSense for that, would it matter if I use the same IP address? Could Google detect that, reason they might disable my AdSense again?

    And how about if I applied for a new AdSense account using a new email address, but still pointing to the same site (and assuming I have reviewed everything so it could properly comply with AdSense TOS), would Google disable it again?

    Thanks,
    Reyn
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Reyn, I’m sorry to hear you lost your AdSense account – unfortunately, this disabling has become very common.

    You can apply for a new AdSense account with a new business entity, which is what I am currently pursuing. I used LegalZoom to set up my LLC. I explained a little bit more of the process in this post.

    I definitely wouldn’t try applying again as you (vs. a business entity) with a different e-mail address, because it’s only a matter of time before they catch you. Not worth the trouble. The same goes for putting AdSense back on a website where it was already banned – you’ll just be putting yourself at higher risk for the same thing happening again.

    I recommend starting over fresh – new business entity, new website(s), etc. You’ll be much better off, assuming you comply with the AdSense TOS going forward.

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  98. What ever the reason to disable the accounts..its totally irresponsible on adsense team and indirectly on google as

    they don’t have even courtesy on publishers. They dont even consider how long the advertiser is with them…how

    long they did business for google…3yrs..5yrs..even 10yrs.. Do a publisher who is their with adsense for 10 long

    years do fraud on the 11th year? Ok lets think some fraud has happened on his site? Why dont you intimate him on

    the first day when the invalid clicks or indecent clicks or some fraud happened ?? You have such a technology that

    even NASA dont have, then why dont you ever mail..or call.. or intimate the publisher that some invalid activities

    are going on on his website? you sit calm… you accumulate the earnings ..you finalize the earnings..and on a fine

    day a mail to publishers in inbox that the account is disabled and the finalized earnings are returned back to the

    advertisers.is this the thing that the advertiser is expecting from a giant like google????.
    The first thing the adsense team should consider is no publisher is having the tracking or technology which you

    have..and another thing you ought to know is we dont have technologies and control to predict invalid clicks.if we

    have it, why dont you predict them on the first day. Our site can be viewed through out the world. How can we

    predict some one else in a corner of street some where in some country..some state and some city…Is it it

    possible with a publisher???? why dont you develop some technology ..rather cutting our body and thoughts of the

    publishers who worked for you for a decade long.
    Do you thing a publisher earnS money sitting in his couch..there are publishers who believed your network…left

    off their bread earning jobs, trusted your network and continued woth you developing their sites 24/7..But on a

    fine day if you disable our accounts and if you through us to the streets with out our fault..what will happen to

    our family who had extraordinary trust towards you???? Should they literally die because of you hasty

    decisions??????? The questions i am asking are

    1)Why dont you make the publisher know on the first day when some fraud is happening on his site????

    2)Why do you finalize the earning and later disable the account and tell them that the amount will be returned to

    the advertisers????

    3)Dont the publisher who is earning for you dont have the value of an advertiser????

    4)You Need to Know that there are publishers who love your your network and brand name and work 24/7 dedicating

    even Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, festivals and even their precious personal events. IF some rival want to exploit

    the site do we responsible for some ones action which we cant predict?????

    My Humble Request: Please Never Make a Publisher Popper Who Trusted You and Worked for you for Years.

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  99. Google bans successful domains without a reason. Actually, the only reason is that you make more than they want you to. When it happens, they start to manually check your site. If they don’t find anything, they send you a BS excuse about improper site layout.

    People who use ANY Google products, including Gmail Apps – should wake up now. They risk their whole business when they rely on Google products.

    The best advice – DO NOT rely on Google products because once you get successful, they drop you from their programs.

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  100. sorry to hear what happened eric. i have noticed that google has been very strict in implementing their policies and i believe that google adsense no longer accept small publishers like us.
    i have a previous google adsense account but have to cancel it due to change of my surname since i got married. then i reapplied using the same website i used for application and surprise they rejected it. so it is no longer a surprise for me that they are disabling the account publishers. even though i did not cancel my account, i think they will also disable my account

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  101. Hi, I had this /exact thing/ happen to me, though I think if there was a click bombing (being as I can’t access my adsense, i don’t have any idea) incident I think it was with Youtube and a video that was rather unpopular being as it was about Windows 8. I had a clean slate for at least two years, followed all of Googles rules and only posted original content or stuff that I specifically had the right to use.

    I, like you, woke up one day and saw that email. Panic is definitely the right word to use! And apparently we are not alone, this has happened to a lot of people… and because you cannot actually get in touch with a human being at Google and they just send you form letters the innocents are screwed over because of some bad apples.

    I’ve documented what happened to me in my forum thread, if you are interested: LINK

    … What /really/ infuriates me about the entire thing is that I have not, did not do anything wrong or malicious. Unfortunately, Google disabled my access to AdSense so i have no proof of my innocence nor can I verify Google allegations. And that’s what really pisses me off, is that they are basically saying in the form letter/email that I allegedly did something wrong, but not only can they not prove to me what I did wrong but they will not tell me what I supposedly did wrong… what the f$ck!? I would honestly like to know how they get away with this, both legally and morally. So much for not being evil, google :( . I’ve been a huge fan of Google for as long as I can remember (using Chrome, Android, google search, blogspot, all kinds of Google stuff :) ), but this really put a damper on being happy with the company, to say the least.

    In the end though, I came to the same conclusion (ableit not as optimistically as you). I applied for Technorati Media and after a lengthy review process they welcomed me aboard. My site does not get much traffic but their support has been really good to me (I can actually talk to a human, Google should take notes on this!) and I’m actually getting decent CPM rates :) . If you have not already decided on another advertiser, you should give them a shot. I read of some other people recommending that Chikita you mentioned in the article but in the end decided against it after reading some negative reviews. If you do try them out, please let me know what your experience with them is :)

    -Tim V, fellow niche blogger :D
    PS Sorry for the rant, TL;DR I agree with you that it sucks but congratulate you on staying positive and working the problem despite Google’s arrogance :) .
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    Tim Reply:

    Sorry for the double post moderator, I forgot to edit in the link in the above post of my banned from adsense documentation: http://verrytechnical.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=617&start=10
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  102. Wow – a lot of bad news here!!!
    A fair amount of positive thinking too…
    I’m just getting into GA and it has got me thinking and the keyword is “ringfence”:
    1) Before starting, create a legal entity to use for the “business” – maybe something as simple as a bank account like “Rasputin Websites (A.N.Other t/a)”, a POBox eMail account. Or maybe a low cost PLC – whatever is legal in your country.
    When you have to give G an account name, it is “Rasputin Websites” – leave out the “(A.N.Other t/a)” – your bank will accept checks made out to “Rasputin Websites”.
    If it is legal in your country then G HAS to accept it – if they do not, your government can go after G even it their “terms” indemnify them. G is not that powerful (yet!).
    2) Install a “Virtual Machine” server on your pc and create a VM called “Rasputin” and set it up to use a vpn or some other form of ip address hiding.
    3) Create 1 or 2 sites and get them rolling.
    NOTE: ONLY USE THIS VM WHEN DOING ANYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH THESE SITES !!!
    4) Apply for Adsense account using these credentials and websites. (on this vm)
    5) Build some more sites – NO MORE THAN 10 – I see people with 80+ sites on one Adsense account – come on guys – 80 domains on 1 account?? – no wonder G is getting pissed off.
    6) If you are going to build a site that will probably piss the evil G off, do it all on its own. That way when they start dumping on you, the splatter will not contaminate your other assets.

    Each “business” (bank/plc and adsense account) is therefore “owner” of maybe 5 sites (or whatever number you decide on).

    If you keep absolute separation of your “business”‘s, there is no way G will be able to link them together – just NEVER use a gmail account – never use the same address on 2 “business”‘s (I’m sure that family members will allow you to use their postal addresses – just ask nicely)
    Also remember that alternate ad vendor accounts ALSO need to be opened for each “business” – It would be easy for G to store the account numbers of other ad scripts found in pages (and they are probably already doing so!) and see that Adsense account #1 and Adsense account #5 both have the same “gungho” ads account number – therefore #1 and #5 are the same and we can drop a ton of bricks on them just to be spiteful.

    Sounds like a lot of work and it is but its a case of “not keeping all your eggs in one basket”.

    There are a number of benefits here:
    1) You keep each adsense account payout low which keeps you off the radar
    2) Should something happen and G starts to get evil, it only affects part of your portfolio.
    3) The same applies to other ad suppliers.
    4) If you keep similar sites together, you can sell them “as a package” should you want to – also, if you get an offer for 1 (a real cherry), you can say that “all 5 sites are in a package” and that way get rid of the others if they are dogs.

    And the long term effects?
    As more and more webmasters get burned by Adsense, more are going to start using the alternatives – making the alternatives stronger.
    Yes, Adsense DOES have a very large portion of the adverts being displayed BUT if the keep on forcing the people who provide them with pages to place said ads to look at alternative ad suppliers, sooner or later their entire model is going to implode on them because they will not have enough real estate to accommodate the ad supply.
    When that happens, ad costs will hit the moon and advertisers will start going elsewhere.
    The big boys can also see their butt -
    I’m sure glad I never bought shares of Facebook.
    Maybe the same will be said about G some day.
    More power to all of you and keep up the good fight.

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    Michael Reply:

    Rasputin – Can you explain the POBox email and the VPN a little more. I’m interested in this option, but I’m not sure I understand how to do it. Where do I get a “virtual machine” ? thanks. You can email me if you have time. I would love to know more.
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  103. The holy grail is affiliate income. Work on that!
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  104. how about redirecting this domain to a new domain and then apply for adsense????
    will that work? especially if you use the same payee name and address?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Unfortunately, that won’t work. If you’re banned from AdSense, you (as an individual) can’t reapply for a second account under your name. You can, however, apply for AdSense as a business entity.

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  105. Hey Eric,
    Great site, and great stuff. I feel your pain buddy. Just to let you know I rarely comment on sites. I feel this one is appropriate. I have been online since AOL first came out. I had dsl when most people never heard of high speed internet. I have been doing marketing for more than 18 years, when the net came it was only natural I transitioned online. Over the years I have had my adsense account banned at least 20 times. That is a guess it could be more. I am in a niche I never hear about online except within that niche. All the sites that have been banned, to this day I do not know why even one was banned. My first ban was on hundreds of sites I spent years building. This was before wordpress or sitebuilders. I actually coded these sites by hand. It was a big hit. I almost went offline. Now I consider this a cost of doing business. Now I never had more than 30 sites on one google adsense account. That is still a big loss, and I have lost some real money makers over the years, but once you realize this how the game works, google does their thing I do mine. Getting banned will only stop you if you let it. You have to change some things, your back in business. For google this is not personal. If you know how to build sites and get them traffic, you lose time and money, but you can do the same thing over. matter of fact I do it better, because I have done it so many times. You will too. I hope this helps. Good Luck

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  106. Wow, I Hope This Never Happens To Me!

    I’m Very Sorry To Hear That. A LOT Of Work Goes Into Online Advertising And Marketing. Just To Have It Taken Like Nothing By A Big RICH Corporation Who Wouldn’t Have The Slightest Twitch To The income Any 1 Person Is Making Through Them. Its Sad : /
    One Thing To Learn From This Never Have Just 1 Income ; )

    Well Never Give Up And Good Luck To You On Your Journey My Friend.

    Until Next Time,
    Blog-Man

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  107. I’m always interested in anything new that can compete with Google and its adsense, since Google is a monopoly.

    I suggest everyone to use bing and yahoo more.

    My concern is that if we use media.net ads, whether the ranking of our sites will be reduced by google, because google is insidious and a similar situation also occurred when you use other ads not adsense. If this happened, the development of the media.net/yahoo will be blocked. Therefore, yahoo/media.net should pick up the legal weapons to prosecute google.

    You can use your mother, father, your wife’s name to apply for an adsense account. Avoid exactly the same address. Do not use this same site/domain which you have used to apply that disabled account.
    If approved, you can place ads on any sites – both your old and new sites.

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  108. Add that, you’d better use other computer to apply and login this new adsense account. Or, in the same computer, you have to delete your all existing google accounts, reinstall the OP system, and change the IP address, before you will apply a new account.

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  109. I did nothing wrong and Google kicked me out too! I agree it’s good to look into other ways to generate income, such as affiliate marketing, and not completely rely on 1 source.
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  110. My account was disabled to in the same time most people lost there’s it sucks if you tell me I was not even on the pc for 6 months and i found myself banned i only had $2 so who cares what google does he just likes to disable accounts but he was bitten to last month when he lost 60 million for the 3 hours before time on wall street serves him right for hurting people and take there earnings to

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  111. Based on some comments the best next alternative to google adsense is affiliate marketing. i think ill look into this options too. ive just started adsense on my site and i dont want to rely into it.

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  112. After what I and so many others have experienced, I would never be able to sleep at night if I were making any kind of substantial money though Adsense knowing that the rug could be pulled out from under my feet at any time at all with absolutely no recourse whatsoever.

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  113. Google disabled my account without any reason.I fill the appeal form but google didn’t response to that appeal.I am still looking for a alternative of adsense.

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  114. Hi Eric,

    You said:
    “Google will always act in the best interest of their advertisers, NOT their publisher”

    I disagree. I played both sides, I used AdWords to promote a software that I wrote, and Adsense with another website that is not related. I have still my adsense account but it could be disabled one day for no reason whatsover.
    AdWords: With my software I’m able to get the behavior of the referred visitors, how much time the stay on a page, how many and which pages, etc.. so it was easy to discover that years after years the same websites were involved in a click ring and Google wasn’t able (or eager) to ban these guys.
    AdSense: I visited the website of several people who were banned for “lack of content” and many seem good sites, but I’m seeing years after years the same empty websites and they have no problem with Google/AdSense, even when the site is a piece of crap .
    My theory is that Google is like the police; they are happy to give a ticket if they catch a nasty guy, but if they don’t catch enough of them they have to fill a quota. It’s good for business. You cannot imagine how many times I was told by potential customers that they didn’t need an extra tool to track click fraud independently because Google was doing all of this for free, the proof was that occasionally Google was giving them a refund for some invalid clicks.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, Jean. Perhaps the statement I made was a bit too bold – I guess I meant to say, when given the choice, Google will more often than not act in the best interest of their advertisers over their publishers.

    As you’ve pointed out, there are situations where Google doesn’t make the right decisions on behalf of their advertisers. It’s hard to see if they have some sort of agenda, or if (like you’ve suggested) they just randomly catch people like the police.

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  115. Eric, I’m once again trying Media.net after having taken a pause from them for several months. I’ve posted about the changes that they’ve recently made, including the relationship with Yahoo! and Bing, but will give them a run for one month and report back at the end of December.

    Almost all of my revenue has been affiliate based, so this will be interesting to see now that I have healthy traffic numbers.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Sounds good Mike – please do let me know how it goes for you!

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  116. Hey, Eric -

    I’m in the same boat with you. I started my YouTube channel about 4 months ago. I had gone over the $100 threshold and was scheduled to get my first check in 7 days when I got the dreaded email. My account had actually gone up to $244, due in part to someone click-bombing one of my videos to the tune of $95. I wasn’t aware of where the income came from (I have 80 videos, so I didn’t check them every day, but most of them had generated less than $2.) So this was obviously someone doing something invalid. I appealed. Denied. Set up new email and new AdSense account. Approved. Then disabled the next day. I’m curious about the LLC option. Did you try that, or do you know anyone who did? And if I do go the LLC route, can I apply again using the same computer? I mean, do they track the ip addresses, too? I’m at a loss here. Any info would be helpful. I need the income. Thanks so much. I’m glad they reinstated you.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Michael, sorry to hear you lost your AdSense account due to clickbombing…it really is a shame that this happens to so many people.

    I actually did try the LLC option and still wound up getting shut down again (full story here: http://www.my4hrworkweek.com/google-adsense-fails-me-again-its-time-to-move-on/). From what I can tell, they probably do track the IP addresses, because I used a different computer and e-mail address with the LLC name, and was still banned. The one constant was that I was on the same IP. In my opinion, it’s not worth pursuing unless you can create the LLC and really keep NO ties to your previous account (that includes using the same Youtube account).

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  117. I have a blog that is put up by Google (blogger/blogspot). They control where all the Adsense ads go up, but you can choose from different formats. I have one blog where it has an ad at the very top and another blog where it has it on the left side.

    I also have articles on HubPages that control where the ads go and I get 60%. To make up for not getting 100% they have many advantages like they are among the top 300 websites in the country. In fact now they do not put up any ads for the first 24 hours so they can check your content to make sure there are no violations.
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  118. Just found out I was banned today. The only site I used AdSense on was my wife’s breast cancer blog at fighting-breast-cancer.com

    The site has been number one in Google for the phrase “fighting breast cancer” for 6 years. There is nothing spammy or bad about it. The AdSense account is at least years old- probably 5 years old.

    I’ve got that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach…
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    Mike Reply:

    Did you write the appeal? If it is rejected, I’d immediately switch to Media.net, which I’m now using and I’m pretty happy with it!
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    Chuck Bluestein Reply:

    It would help to see what Google said. But what they have been saying is not what you said. They are talking about the ads being placed in such a way as to cause people to click on to them that did not mean to. That hurts the advertiser which is the customer of Google.

    As long as the advertiser is not being scammed then the ads are a win-win situation for Google and the website owner. Google makes no mention of something being spammy or not.
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  119. Hi Eric,
    I have face the same thing almost for 3-4 times. But as some one say had said that “Try Try until you get succeed”. I do have follow the same. Let see when I get succeed. I need you luck mate…
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  120. I also feel the same.Google disabled my my account without telling any reason, I appealed but no response.

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  121. Don’t put AdSense on any sites that are getting a lot of local traffic.

    “Local Traffic” being from IP addresses close to your home address, and your home IP address.

    We did the research, and found that many honest/legit publishers are losing AdSense accounts because the above reason.

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    imran Reply:

    dennis, i agreed with you coz i also have the same problem, my account was disabled.

    I have my adsense account since 2007 but when i put add on a local website /local traffic, then google disabled my adsense account.

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  122. Great to read your blog. It is hard to know that you have banned from ad-sense. Lot of Indians do malpractices to cheat ad sense. I know one guy who is having alexa ranking 23000 and send me his word-press jet-pack dashboard statics that shows 1200 views/day. When I questioned the data he was not able to answer.
    Anyway I baught a nofollow link from him at home page and in last 4 months, it did not bought even one visitor. So that word-press dash board statics also was forged. Most probably he might have adjusted his jetpack dash board to 12,0000 views/day, as I told him to have alexa 23k you must have at-least 120K views/day.

    What I mean is, that is the amount of forgery Indians are doing, so whenever you have more traffic from India, better be watch full
    Regards
    Sajith
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  123. 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!

    https://www.change.org/petitions/google-adsense-stop-the-mass-disabling

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  124. Hi Eric,
    sorry to hear about your account,I have also face the same thing…
    Good luck for future
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks!

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  125. That’s too bad. I am very sorry about that Eric. I hope Google Adsense should be careful next time before removing an account and do a closer examination.

    But it’s not the end of the world man

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  126. Hell! i have been reading about adsense getting accounts banned for no reason, just their typical message. but till date, my adsense have not been banned…
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s good, I hope it doesn’t ever get banned!

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  127. Hey,

    the same happend to me!
    But with an amount of 20.000 $.
    That’s just sick.

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  128. Hell! I am adsense get banned after 20$. Is there any other solution to come over this situation?
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