So over a year ago I signed up for Google’s Adsense and was making a few bucks a month. Nothing to write home about but enough to pay some hosting costs. A couple of months ago, I took on some more sites to host and in exchange asked them to display my google ads. The clickthroughs were nice and it seemed as if these sites were very targetted to the types of ads the advertisers wanted to show…
Then I get the email from Google saying invalid clicks had been generated and my account was cancelled. Just before they were to pay me some decent money. The sad thing is that all of the page clicks were valid clicks from people going to the sites and I have the server logs to back it up.
I sense a bit more of a conspiracy here. Google got paid for all those clickthroughs from the advertiser, and because my rates jumped so quickly, google assumed they had to be fraudulent or didn’t want to pay so they just canceled my account. From a simple google search, it doesn’t look like I’m alone. Optimize your site for Google Adsense and increase your clickthroughs and google will cancel your account…
There is something worse though in Google’s model… The deliberate social hack to get someone else’s google adsense account banned. Simple email to them, a robot script to click links repeatedly, or worst and you can cancel someones main income stream instantly. But google doesn’t suffer, because they must be collecting from the advertiser.
It seems that Google feels the need to screw the little guy but not disclose the the advertiser that they paid for “fraudulent” clicks. If they were truely fradulent, wouldn’t google give you a chance to refute the claim??? Or notify the advertiser? Seems like the real story here is google wants to weed out the high click through sites and maximize their profitability.
The bottom line is Google gives you no chance to reactivate your account, and after further investigation, I won’t go back to adsense nor display an adsense ad ever again on any of my sites. Anyone that doesn’t back up their claims of fraudulent clicks shouldn’t be trusted.