I see it all the time, complaints from Google AdSense publishers that they were banned from Google AdSense unfairly. But one story is making its rounds on Twitter and through the blogosphere.
The story is on Ducks Works Magazine and it is long, but it basically describes how he was making a nice living off of AdSense and it continued to grow. Then as his AdSense click through rate climbed, Google eventually banned him for encouraging his readers to click on his ads.
He didn't realize he was doing anything wrong and now he is banned for life. For life?
Then two days before Christmas I got a letter from my bank saying that the check for October – worth £1,700 had been stopped.
That is £3,700 gone from my family fiancés in the two weeks before Chisitmas.
Welcome to the world of Google. Kafka would be proud of Google, whilst Orwell would be perfectly unsurprised.
But he also admits to encouraging his readers to click on his ads. He wrote:
Oh yes, I was also running little blocks of adverts provided by Adsense and, yes, I told my subscribers that I got some money if they visited the websites of those advertisers – all of whom were interested in selling stuff to sailors.
You did that, really? And you didn't expect to be banned? Really?
Now it is Google's fault for not warning you? I know Google has warned publishers of this in the past. Did you really not get a warning? Even if you didn't, it is Google's fault?
I am sorry, I agree with the masses in the WebmasterWorld forum where they are saying "He got Greedy. Broke the rules. And he is now out."
Yup, things were going well, more clicks, more money...
I am sure after time Google will let you back in but please don't act like it is Google's fault.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.