I had been talking about Adsense in my previous posts, as that was one of my mainincome online. You can read my Adsense Posts below:
But what I had not mention ever before was – my adsense account was banned previously.
If you have been doing Adsense for a while, you must have heard some people’s adsense account was banned for no reasons. I’m one of them. Let me share my story.
I had been using Adsense for over a year for my Mobile Phones website, and it was making me a nice, passive income. My main core of business was selling mobile phones, and people were coming to my website to compare phones prices. With adsense there, they tended to click more and check my competitors prices. I knew I had the lowest prices among all, and confident they will come back to me. In this way, I’m earning both from Adsense, and sales of mobile phones. I’m doing this while working in my 2nd company. I mentioned in my previous post that I resigned from the 1st company just to be able to do my business during my working hours.
I never know that this turn out to be my adsense killer. After a year of juggling both work and business, I’m quite happy making 5 figures every month. One fine day, when I login to check my adsense earnings, I got shock of my life! My Adsense account was banned!
The first reaction I had was panic! Very panic as I spent a lot of time optimizing my adsense to have the highest clickthrough rate, and it was paying for my everyday expenses. All of the sudden, everything’s gone!
I tried to search for Google’s email to email them back, but could not find any. There was no way to contact Google at all. I searched for forums on Adsense banning and found out that not only me, there were tons and tons of adsense accounts being banned daily! Many people were cursing and swearing in forums as most of them were doing decent business, they did not do any click frauds. Without informing, Google just banned their accounts. Some were fighting all the way back for 2 years.
I knew I had to move on from here. There was no point fighting for 2 years over a banned account. The percentage of reinstating my account was basically ZERO. I have a choice:
– move on and think of alternatives
– give up and not using adsense for life
Of course, I chose the first option, which made me even stronger and careful now. I created another account with my girlfriend (currently my wife) and all the earnings were paid to her. I replaced all my adsense code to hers and that’s it! Simply as that, my earnings were back immediately.
Next question, how come my adsense account was banned? It was only recently (after 3 years) when I listened to a podcast, the host mentioned about adsense banning and I realized my case happened to fall into that category. For all adsense user, read carefully to prevent your precious account from banning.
It was because – I login to my adsense account in a public network (my previous company) and Google logged the IP Address. It happened that someone in my company came to my website and clicked on the ads, from the same network and Google banned me!
Nothing wrong with Google. It was due to my carelessness. My company’s network supported over 1000 Pc, and anytime, anyone could clicked on my ads.
So be careful. Do not login to your adsense account in public, lan shop, cafe, etc … Someone might clicked on your adsense and your account might be terminated anytime!