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Google Adsense nonsense

7/08/2005 05:08:00 PM, posted by anand

One fine morning I got this email from Google, saying that they are closing my Adsense account and refunding back all the money to the advertisers. WTF? Here is what they sent across to me:
It has come to our attention that invalid clicks have been generated on
the ads on your web pages. We have therefore disabled your Google
AdSense account. Please understand that this step was taken in an
effort to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.

A publisher's site may not have invalid clicks on any ad(s), including
but not limited to clicks generated by a publisher on his own web
pages, clicks generated through the use of robots, automated clicking
tools, or any other deceptive software.

Practices such as these are in violation of the Google AdSense Terms
and Conditions and program polices, which can be viewed at:


Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further
participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The
earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected


The Google AdSense Team
Furthermore, when I asked them to give me a better explanation of what *exactly* caused them to panic and close my account, they replied:
We understand that you wish to receive specific information regarding the
invalid clicks we observed on your account. However, due to the
proprietary nature of our algorithm, we cannot disclose any details about
how our monitoring technology works or what specifics we found on your
What the hell? I am guessing the advertising industry's pressure on them to tackle click frauds caused them to randomly pick up a few Adsense accounts and close. Just to get the facts out, I received $100 bucks for 4-5 months of activity. Is that a lot? How bad could have the fraudulent clicks been, for them to go chasing $100/5-6 month accounts? Huh?
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8/04/2005 9:48 AM, comment by Anonymous Rio

I'm not so sure it is the advertising industry. I work in it and my account advertises pretty heavily on Google - around $180K in the last 18 months; our Agency probably spends over a million a year by now. I just asked our interactive media buyers and we haven't gotten anything back.

Maybe somebody should look into a class action?    

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