I’ve been banned from Google Adsense

Usually i don’t want to write a post for something like this, but because this site is powered by Adsense to pay for its monthly bills since 2006 and i just got banned by Adsense, i’ve decided that perhaps it is for the best that i write about it just to let those that read this site knows about it and perhaps can learn something from this.

Basically here’s what i get from email message i received from Google and unfortunately there are no warnings given (not even a single warning even after all these years).

Hello,

We continually review all publishers according to our program policies (https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=48182&stc=aspe-3pp-en) and Terms and Conditions (https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?&stc=aspe-3tc-en ). During a recent review of your account, our specialists found that it was not in compliance with our policies.

Message from Google Adsense Optimization Team

Okay so yesterday when i checked my adsense account, i just noticed that there’s a message on my adsense reports page … and to be honest, this is the first time ever i saw this message because previously it just left blank until yesterday (actually at first i thought that the Recent Message section on the reports page is just for decoration purpose only lol)

But the question is … what is the subject of the message actually that makes me interested on posting it ?

Adsense message

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Google Adsense for Mobile now available

Google just recently announced the new adsense for mobile format to those who’s running a mobile website. Here are some excerpts taken from the Google Press Center :

AdSense for Mobile is intended for AdSense partners who have created websites specifically for mobile browsers, and who want to monetize their mobile content via contextual advertising. Like Google’s other AdSense products, mobile text ads run on an auction model. The system automatically reviews the content of publishers’ mobile websites and delivers text ads that are relevant to the websites’ audience and content. Publishers earn money whenever mobile users click on the ads.

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Google Adsense has new beta referrals program

Most of you already know about adsense which is based on pay-per-click, but now Google Adsense add new referrals program for the adsense publisher which is based on pay-per-action program. Here’s the short description about this new Google Referrals program from the Google Adsense blog :

As with our current Google referrals, you’ll generate earnings when your visitors click through to an advertiser’s site and complete an action defined by your advertisers, such as a sale or sign-up. Because these actions are often more involved than a simple click or impression, advertisers pay more for these referrals, which can translate into higher earnings for your site

As you can see that this new program is just like the old pay-per-click type, with an addition that your site visitors must complete an action defined by the advertisers first

Unfortunately this beta program only open for specific publishers only (i’m pretty sure that most of the new publishers that is getting accepted with this beta program are large publishers only / or those who’s having large site)

Korean Website sues Google because of Click Fraud

It seems the click fraud activity still exists but the question is .. who’s telling the truth ? is it Google or the suspected website (The Local Humor Website) ?

Google, the U.S. web search giant, faces a W30 million (US$1=W945) lawsuit in Korea. Humor University, a local humor website, announced on Sunday that it filed a suit against Google demanding W20 million in payments and W10 million in damages. Humor University said the American firm allegedly failed to pay for three months of online ads

Humor University said that it signed an agreement to host Google’s Adsense ads and ran them for three months in late 2005, but Google refused to pay, citing click fraud. Humor University said Google never provided evidence to back up those claims – Full Story

Images next to Google Adsense Ads

Google adsense team finally write a clear information regarding the use of images next to the adsense ads on their official Google Adsense Blog

Quoted from the Official Google Adsense Blog :

We’ve recently received a number of emails from publishers asking how we feel about the placement of images near Google ad units. There’s been some confusion on this issue, and so we turned to our policy team to set the record straight.

Can I place small images next to my Google ads?

What i’ve learnt from Google Adsense so far

I’ve been using adsense since august 2006 (but i think that month should not be counted because i was still in progress of moving my site from the free wordpress account into a self hosted account and there’s downtime for about 2 times because i move to 3 different host at that time) .. anyway forget about that .. by the way here’s my adsense experience so far and what i’ve learnt since i’m using adsense and why you should forget about using adsense if this condition applies to you :

  • For those who already own a free blogger account or free wordpress account and think about moving into your self hosted blog just to use adsense (if you were on wordpress dot com) or moving to a blogger account if you’re a freebies type. Then i suggest you to stop right away, because you’re not going to make anything from your adsense account .. because the only way to make money from adsense, only if you’re creating useful content on your website
  • If you’re going to make lots of money from adsense there’s no way you can do it by simply using shared hosting that can only handle small – medium traffic, because of cpu restriction usage, maximum connection to the database server and if you exceed that limit .. then you’ll see your beautiful page will get replaced by suspended page from your webhosting company except for some big company
  • Don’t you ever think you can make easy money by simply placing adsense on your website, without at least 1000 impression / day on your adsense account (unless you’re really lucky to get high paying adsense keyword for every displayed ads but there’s no such thing in this world)
  • Most people have ad blocking program installed on their computer, so you should make sure you’re site can be displayed properly
  • Forget about those people that can make easy money from their adsense account, because they’re not using shared hosting like you .. if you’re on blogger account then there’s no need to worry about that .. but back to point #1 .. you’ll need to create something useful / unique first and this one is a good example for a blogger account
  • Always ask directly to the Google Adsense team to make sure your site is not breaking the adsense terms and condition when you’re playing with your ad placement and don’t worry because Google Adsense team will reply to your email message within 1 day (i live in different timezone and i always get reply from them within 1 day) .. except if you send email on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday ..
  • SEO is still the important thing to do in order to make profit from your adsense account (or at least make some money) because it brings traffic to your site
  • Social Bookmarking site such as Stumble Upon only destroy your CTR because most people from social bookmarking site already know about adsense
  • Never try to target high level / experienced audience or visitors that know about adsense, ads, affiliate or such stuff ..

That’s all .. and as a note, i create this website is for learning experience (started on July 2006) and because i like it (actually i like everything related to computer). Not because i just want to use adsense .. and the reason i leave wordpress dot com is because i want to have more freedom on configuring my own site

Adsense Section Targetting

I just modified the adsense section targetting used on this site, and hopefully it’ll show a more relevant advertisement to this site. Actually because i saw irrelevant ads on some part of this site, i try to emphasized specific part of this site and hopefully in the future it’ll show relevant ads only (although i doubt that’ll happen) ..

And for those that didn’t know about adsense section targetting, you should read about this optimization tips from google adsense website itself. And it’s really simple actually to use the adsense section targetting on your site, because all you have to do is by placing below code in your site code :

<!– google_ad_section_start –>

<!– google_ad_section_end –>

Images near Adsense Ads

I’ve seen several website using images near their adsense ads, although the Google team itself already said you can put images near your adsense ads as long as you put visible border between the adsense ads and the images. Because several people already emailed the adsense team and most of them got response like below from the google adsense team

You’re welcome to place images near the Google ads on your site. However, we ask that publishers not place misleading images near Google ads or use images that appear to be directly associated with the advertisers and their offerings. Such images may draw undue attention to the ads and prompt unintentional user clicks, thereby artificially inflating advertiser costs. As you may know, drawing undue attention to ads is in violation of our program policies, so we’re unable to approve the placement of all images next to Google ads. If you choose to experiment with placing images directly next to the ads, I’d strongly encourage you to maintain a visible border around the adunits to reduce the possibility of confusing users.

Some people said eventhough they have put visible border, Google Adsense team still asking them to remove the images from their site. Well i think i will take the safe route because i don’t want my adsense account get banned because of simple matter like this. But we’ll see about that in the future :D