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How not to get banned from Google Adsense

I was surfing the Digital Point forums earlier, and surfed on through to Harry’s blog.

His post: How not to get banned from AdSense

is something relevant because I know scores of Internet Marketing newbies who get blacklisted and disappear off the face of Google’s SERPs.

And the worst thing is that they have a huh? who? what? reaction.

Gee, guys, didn’t you read the Adsense terms of service?

You didn’t think clicking on your own ads 100 times wouldn’t get you noticed?

But more than that is the fact that contextual advertising is viable only if you have massive traffic.

Assuming an average of a 1% clickthrough rate, you’d need traffic of at least 10,000 a day to generate something viable.

Which leads us to the type of content you might be looking at:

  • Mass/pop culture content: something with mass appeal like a popular program such as American Idol, Big Brother, Desperate Housewives.
  • Highly niche content with a large userbase: maybe targeting Work At Homers (WAH)
  • Fast breaking world influencing events: floods, hurricanes, natural diasters

I’ve been getting enquiries asking if blogs along the lines of:

  • starting up a business
  • personal development
  • goal setting and motivation

Might be viable candidate for adsense.

My feeling is that unless you’re like Steve Pavlina, coming out with several quality posts like: Student Graduates College in Only Two Semesters

It’s going to be an uphill battle monetizing Adsense.(His site is Google PR7 and Alexa 4,584)

You might do better to go the affiliate marketing route. (My favourite).

Go with the strengths and avoid your areas of weakness.

Google Adsense is a good buzzword for would be Internet Marketers, but you have to look at your long term viability and competitive advantage.

Affiliate Marketing might be a stronger contender.

44 comments on How not to get banned from Google Adsense

  1. Paddy Tan
    September 24, 2006 at 8:59 pm (5120 days ago)

    Very insighful advise, Andrew. Yes, too many times some made the mistakes without realising it and only start to find out when the google ads dont appear at their sites anymore. And only upon logging in then realised been blacklisted.

  2. Franklin
    September 25, 2006 at 3:12 am (5120 days ago)

    Hi Andrew,

    Nice article indeed! It’s sad that many people are greedy enough to click their own ads!

    Anyway, here’s a nice article that complements your article. It’s titled “AdSense Reinstatement Guide” http://www.yfs1.com/adsense-reinstatement-guide . It’s especially good for people who, despite their attempt to comply with Google’s TOS, still got (mysteriously) banned.


  3. Paddy Tan
    September 25, 2006 at 11:36 am (5119 days ago)

    One thing that I find out is that many singaporeans bloggers kinda get banned by google for apparently no reasons (that means no violations)

    Not sure if it has anything to do with the IP addresses but most of them never ever get their bans lifted.

  4. Andrew Wee
    September 25, 2006 at 12:16 pm (5119 days ago)

    i don’t follow the logic.
    If your content is hosted on a US server, it’s more likely you are banned due to something you did, more than which country you’re from.

    Andrew Wee

  5. Paddy Tan
    September 25, 2006 at 9:56 pm (5119 days ago)

    But not where the clicks are coming from. Say if you host in a US server but your clicks are all coming from singapore, and worse from the same source.

  6. Andrew Wee
    September 25, 2006 at 10:19 pm (5119 days ago)

    it is very easy to mask the country of origin for clicks on the adsense.

    the bottom line is if you violate the terms of service, you will inevitably have your account frozen.

    so just do what you’re supposed to do and you will get what you’re supposed to get.

    Andrew Wee

  7. yich
    October 9, 2006 at 1:48 pm (5105 days ago)

    Hi Andrew,
    I just purchased the Ewen Chia Auto Blog Income Generator, which you are promoting. You said that is an effective tool for Adsense income generation.

    Thereafter, I came across your comments in this post:

    “…that unless you’re like Steve Pavlina…it’s going to be an uphill battle monetizing Adsense.(His site is Google PR7 and Alexa 4,584)…You might do better to go the affiliate marketing route.”

    Is there any contradiction here?

  8. Andrew Wee
    October 9, 2006 at 3:12 pm (5105 days ago)

    Hi Yich,
    I was referring to content blogging.
    Affiliate marketing seems to give better returns, compared to adsense publishing, especially at the beginning when you have low readership.
    Content blogging is what i’m doing where the average post takes about 30mins to 2 hours to put out. (depending on the complexity and length).

    Take note that Ewen’s product is an ‘automatic’ revenue generator.
    You set it up and away it goes.
    If you’re able to get $0.50 – $2 per blog per day, and you have a number of such blogs running.
    You’d have a constant source of income, despite doing ‘nothing’.
    This’ll free you to do more content blogging and affiliate marketing.

    My observation is that most Internet Marketers will have various sources of income, this’ll help tide you over (I do have spells of $0 affiliate marketing income for a few days) and am planning to have Ewen’s system up soon.

    Does that answer your question?

    Do everything (time permitting).
    Focus on the highest return if you are short of time.

    btw for the others, the post in question is:

    Andrew Wee

  9. Jim
    December 11, 2007 at 11:37 pm (4677 days ago)

    AdSense is a good way to make money as long as you have a website that lends itself to interested visitors, for instance my website Easy Online Money Making is about working from home, which is not only a popular topic on today’s internet but it shows very relevant ads from Google as a result since many advertisers want such keywords.

  10. Jayce
    April 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm (4191 days ago)

    Click on own AdSense ads? Cannot la. Several of my friends already get banned because of this. Play it safe. Slow and steady. :)

  11. Moola Days
    May 1, 2009 at 8:59 am (4170 days ago)

    Great article on ways not to get banned. I will also post a new blog post similar to this idea. Thanks and I hope you check it out. I love your insights as well!

  12. William Pinn
    February 8, 2010 at 3:57 am (3888 days ago)

    I recently wrote an article discussing how Google

    catches even the most clever Adsense cheaters. It is

    located at the URL I provided above.

  13. Evan Wilder
    October 3, 2010 at 3:06 am (3651 days ago)

    “You didn’t think that Google wasn’t going to notice you clicking on your own ads 100 times a day?” LOL.

  14. oyun incemeleri
    November 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm (3600 days ago)

    you never cease to amaze me. thanks admin.

  15. imleme
    November 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm (3600 days ago)

    Dude, I’m trying to integrate AdSense with WordPress. Difficult but it can be done.

  16. jabon
    July 1, 2011 at 9:32 am (3379 days ago)

    today all account with domain .co.cc is banned by google,is permanent?

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