Silly me. I tried Google AdSense when I launched this blog and was disappointed with the results so I dropped it. I gave it another shot a year later and was making about a dollar a day. Yeah, I know that providing that sort of information is a violation of the AdSense terms and conditions. Not to worry...I got an e-mail from Google today telling me that they've disabled my account. Why? I'll let them tell you. Here's an excerpt from that message:
While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our advertisers in the future, we've decided to disable your account.
Please understand that we consider this a necessary step to protect the interests of both our advertisers and our other AdSense publishers. We realize the inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
What a crock! Google won't tell you why you're shut down, so all I can assume is that some knucklehead clicked several times on the same ad, producing an extremely unusual pattern that stood out. After doing some research tonight it's clear that many, many others have been shut down for this sort of thing. (Just do a search on phrases like "AdSense sucks", for example, to see for yourself.)
Gee, so that means you could just walk up to a computer at BestBuy, CompUSA, the Apple store or any other public facility, go to your competitor's website and click on ads like a madman. Poof! You'll knock out their AdSense account. How ridiculous.
I was toying with the idea of removing my AdSense block from this and my other blog, Kindleville; the prime real estate I gave AdSense just didn't seem worthwhile. Google just made that decision for me. Those ads are gone now and I'll never go back to AdSense. I might explore Yahoo and a few other providers, but no more AdSense for me.
P.S. -- It's one thing for Google to arbitrarily shut down an account like this. It's quite another for them to charge their advertising partners for all these clicks but never pay the site owners a penny. I seriously doubt all the clicks since my last payment were rogue. Google billed the advertisers for all those clicks and my cut of the deal was accumulating in my AdSense account. Now Google can simply say "game over" and walk away with all the proceeds from the advertisers. How convenient for them. Gee, I thought Google's mantra was "do no evil."