Jef Poskanzer ACME Banned From Google AdSense

Jan 31, 2012 • 9:07 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense

Google AdSense BanGoogle is constantly banning AdSense publishers but this new ban is very interesting.

About two weeks ago, Google banned Jef Poskanzer, a computer programmer, known for being the first person to post a weekly FAQ to Usenet, and the owner of He is incredibly well known in the Internet world - so this is ban is a big deal.

Yesterday, he informed the world of his AdSense ban and explained how he has no idea how it happened. Google basically told him that his site generates too much invalid clicks and Google needs to protect their AdWords advertisers. But in the 8.5 years of his site running AdSense, he never had an issue before like this.

Even Google's Matt Cutts got wind of the news and posted it on his Google+ page where you can see he is torn. He wrote:

I just saw that we terminated Jef Poskanzer from AdSense, which caused Nelson Minar (former Googler and one of the creators of the Ads API) to give up on defending us. . I can't easily imagine Jef Poskanzer was click-spamming AdSense, while at the same time I trust the judgment and abilities of the AdSense team. +Jef Poskanzer , I hope someone digs into the case to investigate deeply and reaches out if there's any more info we can share.

Yea, read the post by Nelson Minar at - he writes "Google is too powerful, too arrogant, too entrenched to be worth our love. Let them defend themselves, I'd rather devote my emotional energy to the upstarts and startups. They deserve our passion." I rarely ever see a former Googler badmouth Google but it is happening more and more these days.

Anyway, I wonder if Google will reverse their decision on this quickly or share more information. This is pretty huge.

Forum discussion at Hacker News and Google+.

Update: February 6, I now see Google AdSense ads on the site again. I guess they were reinstated.

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01/31/2012 02:25 pm

Sometimes, very large things requiring thousands of minds to maintain, can get a little crazy. The Google Machine is no different!

Barry White

01/31/2012 02:29 pm

Barry waking up? Never too late Barry. Ping me when you realize that the algo is manipulated for maximum clicks on ads.

Andrew Whyman

01/31/2012 04:38 pm

I've been banned twice from adsense, the first time they accused me of clicking my own ads. The second time they told me I was generating invalid clicks, DESPITE me telling them via the proper methods it was someone from another country attempting to get me banned. I knew who it was but had no way to stop them. 2 days later I was banned. I tried to get my account back by appealing but they would have none of it because they're too arrogant to listen. It's sad really, since Google is the only ad network I actually trust and had faith in, in any shape or form, and now they have lost my faith.

Affordable SEO Company

01/31/2012 07:47 pm

sad news - I hope Google AdSense team will reverse the decision soon.

Ricky Shah

02/01/2012 11:18 am

Imagine if this would have happened to someone new to the industry. Google Adsense team sometime acts in weird manner. There are many poor tech blogger who suffers from the same. Unfortunately, there is no parallel system that can give a handsome earning like Adsense (not talking about affiliate marketing here)

Mike Kerper

02/01/2012 12:36 pm

This isn't huge. I could give a damn who this guy is - it happens to everyone.

LB Olson

02/01/2012 05:27 pm

I have a couple of sites and I like the extra cash every month. Reading these complaints always make me sad, because they make clear that know no matter how white hat I am or how nice the sites are, I'll eventually get this same email from google. 


02/02/2012 06:10 pm

I was banned for adult content. Turns out a hacker had gotten into one of my long-dead web forums that I had lazily left adsense on. I took down the whole site, posted in forums, hit up g on twitter but got nothing but silence.


02/03/2012 02:52 pm

i once warned by Google Adsense team,but not baned.


02/06/2012 03:15 pm

Seems like the ads on his site are back!

Barry Schwartz

02/06/2012 03:16 pm

Yep, noticed this morning.

Online Dress

02/10/2012 03:28 pm

My websites were banned as well lets see what happened next.


02/15/2012 02:44 pm

Reading this only now!dreadful thing :/ A blogger works so hard but one should not get gready 

Ahmad Awais

02/16/2012 05:08 pm

My frnd had 11 year old account he was also banned

Webstats Art

02/19/2012 08:30 am

Poor guy. Feel sorry

African Mango Plus Reviews

03/14/2012 12:05 am

Google is becoming more and more difficult to understand these days..if only they would try to explain themselves better. Even their former employees are badmouthing them now!


04/16/2012 12:00 pm

Hi, I didn't knew about  Jef Poskanzer before..well if this is the case then too many invalid clicks can also harm our site..But how Google knows that the clicks generated are invalid, they can be valid as well. Thanks...

Tracer Bullett

04/22/2012 01:44 pm

Here is an article I wrote about the bans from an inverstors view point that you might find useful

Robert Connor

05/09/2012 03:27 am


allan makoba

07/04/2012 07:01 am

ive been banned by google adsense four times but the last threee are in a period of 1 month. how sad, after all the hard work i put into my sites they close the accounts. am very fed up

Knut Holt

08/04/2013 06:37 am

I do not use adsense for my sites, and I have since long stopped paying attention to what Google likes or does not like. There is simply no advantage in caring about it at all.

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