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6k per month adsense account just got banned

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by mccullum, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    How do you think that makes me feel? TERRIBLE!

    Anyway, i just thought i must let people know why i think i got banned. The only reason i can think of is i had "comment links" for SEO purposes. Can you believe that? I do. The content is fantastic since they are not just 5 dollar articles. I had a dedicated writer writing for me and the articles constantly receive facebook likes. So if you are looking to create an income for the long term, make sure that you are refraining from comment links. But if you do not care about the long term and would just like to make some quick buck, you can of course choose that way.

    Hope this helps someone. And if you guys have any ideas on how i can monetize my sites now, let me know. My flagship site is in the finance niche.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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  2. wwallace1

    wwallace1 Regular Member

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    ah that sucks man, did you use SB blasts directly on your money site?
     
  3. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    no sb blasts. Just manual comment links. Actually, those were links i did way back when i did not know pure whitehat ways to get links. I have stopped doing comments links for over a year now but the past actions come to bite you, right?
     
  4. wwallace1

    wwallace1 Regular Member

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    hmm I seriously doubt that manual commenting would result in a ban
     
  5. cbnoob

    cbnoob Senior Member

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    that sucks, I'm sorry bro. However, I don't think that comment can do that much hurt. Did you have privacy policy page that meet Google's guideline?
    btw, have you sent them an appeal?
     
  6. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    Yeah, i have already sent an appeal. I had a privacy policy too. One thing i did not mention in the OP is that i also had "Ads" just before the adsense ads. It was above the fold. Another adsense unit was within in the content and there was enough margin between that and the content. Do you guys think maybe that might have caused a ban? Adsense within content? not just above the fold.

    To tell you the truth, only the above the fold was a major money maker. The other ad units were not good revenue makers.
     
  7. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    Part of the e-mail i got:

    Hello,

    After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account
    poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
    responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
    to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense
    account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will
    both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.
     
  8. peetu69

    peetu69 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Why should you get adsense banned for comment backlinking?
    Maybe you wrote in your comments that the people should click your ads.

    Otherwise i seriously doubt that commenting got you adsense banned. I got one site deindexed, which has been heavily promoted by high pr comment links, but adsense is up to today still fine.
     
  9. cbnoob

    cbnoob Senior Member

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    I'm really sorry for you bro but it seems there is little you can do here.
    Just create another adsense account and start a new journey.
    Hope some adsense pro can come and explain the whole thing
     
  10. steviep

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    I have to agree, i dont believe that comments can be the reason, maybe the way you placed the ads? Maybe you told people to click? Maybe you blended the ads in a way that is confusing to the eye and makes accidental clicks?
     
  11. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    No. Like i said, this was not a site i had built using 5 dollar articles. Took a lot of time to get real quality content, hired dedicate authors and the only thing i did wrong was those comment links. And they never ever read " come and click my ads". I can assure you that.
     
  12. mccullum

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    No steviep. I never told anyone to click my ads. The site was a legit one receiving thousands of visits each day. As i said before, it was a finance niche site and you know how good revenue those could get with thousands of visits.

    As for the ad placement, like i said, i had clearly labelled the ads below the post title as "Ads". But the one within the content after two to three paragraphs did not have one. I thought since it was not right below the post title, labelling it as ads was not necessary. And that ad unit was making me so much less money relatively.
     
  13. pangolin123

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    If you say comments links results in a ban, I am assuming, you are doing this comments link directed to your money site? if thats the case, how will the google knows that its you who has done it and not your competitors? I strongly doubt its the reason for your ban..Most likely the way you position your ads with the other ads.
     
  14. agente808

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    After reading the email from google:

    1. it has nothing to do with old comment links, and as they say - if it were that easy to get rid of your competitor...

    2. There is something wrong with the clicks you are getting - from the sound of it, either you are framing your ads or one of your ad units looks deceptively like a menu or you have images next to your ads (all are against TOS)
    ...or maybe you were click-bombed, but the email for that usually looks different.

    - you don't have to have the ads labeled as "ads" even when they are in content. Having ads above or below the fold is irrelevent.
    And as an aside, if the ads weren't making you money, you should have gotten rid of them, you get better cpc with fewer ads.

    If you really weren't doing anything wrong, be insistent with your appeal, occasionally they work.
     
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  15. sikandar

    sikandar Senior Member

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    I am sorry to know your adsense account got banned mccullum. By the way, did you get a warning from Google before they banned your account? If there is some problem with placing of ads, they normally issue a warning and ask you to fix the problem. From the content of your mail, it appears that there were invalid clicks on your account. You have to find out what may have caused that problem. You can check your logs to see if there was any suspicious activity from specific IP addresses. You can ban these IP addresses and appeal to Google.
     
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    shawntroy Newbie

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    I'm soooo sorry this happened to you. Google sucks so bad. They expect everyone to be mind readers constantly and its ridiculous. I mean why don't they just give people a warning first instead of just cutting you off from your income like that. THEN if you don't comply ban your account. I wish I had the know how to shut them down ... lol. Then maybe they would see how it feels. They don't care that they are destroying ppl's livelihood and families. I'm sending you some positive energy in hopes that things will get better for you soon.
     
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  17. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    to tell you guys the truth, my competitors make two times the adsense money i make. If i had become aggressive and placed the ads the way they did, there was a possibility i could have raised the revenue to 10k. But i know that such a thing could cause manual inspection and if they did so, the comment links could cause problems. That was the reason i never even thought of making a move. I just left it and kept on adding good content.

    If it was not an issue of comment links, then may be that ad after two or three paragraphs was the problem. I really cannot believe that. It was not even a major revenue maker. I could as well have removed it.

    Some other things i would like to mention:

    1. there were no ads in place of menu,
    2. but the menu was on the left and it was position:fixed - it was a three column wordpress theme,
    3. i only used two 336 x280 units and one skyscraper. The skyscraper was on the right sidebar.
     
  18. mccullum

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    No sikandar. No warnings at all.
     
  19. mccullum

    mccullum Power Member

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    i do not know if i can be insistent. If i do that and they search for my domain name in google, its gonna throw all the comment spam links and they would despise that. So no matter how good my content is, they are going to think the account and even the site deserves a ban. But i am gonna try though. Let us see what the response is from google.

    I have already got another mail saying they have started looking into the issue.
     
  20. liviug

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    Did you have ads that look like adsense?
    Have more that 3 units of ads?
    Source of traffic only seo or you have more sources ?

    High PR comments should not harm adsense account, maybe only drop ranks .