Getting Banned by Google Adsense
Dear fellow hubbers, if you are one of my sister’s (cheerfulnuts) followers, then you probably have read about her latest hub already. To summarize, she wrote about her unfortunate experience about getting her Adsense account banned by Google just a few weeks ago. She had also mentioned that my account was also disabled a few days later. We are currently searching for different opportunities to earn online other than Adsense.
My Online Experience
I never knew about the opportunities of earning online through writing until my sister told me about it. She was reading an article about making money online when she learned about this website as a writing platform. She tried the website and submitted a couple of articles here. Although she didn’t earn money instantly, she liked the experienced and had urged me to join as well. I was busy with my job and house work and wasn’t really excited about the idea. However, both of us had always wanted to earn more. So I agreed and here I am.
For the first few months, my articles didn’t garner a lot of traffic. Because of the wonderful community of Hubpages, I have learned from fellow members about the different ways to promote my articles. I’ve joined social bookmarking sites such as digg, reddit, and stumbleupon. I’ve also started a blog to promote my hubs there. Although all these sounded a lot of work, but I was willing to try a lot of things in order to promote my articles. Soon after, I started to see a slow increase of my traffic, but no clicks yet.
One thing I like about here is the Hubpages Ad Program. It allows user to earn money through impressions rather than clicks. Since my traffic isn’t that huge, I quickly opted for the said program. Soon, I was able to see some steady earnings and was glad about it. However, many people are mistaken to think that you can still earn without Adsense. This is not true. In order to benefit from the said program, you are still required to have an account and associate your ID with the program.
I have later learned about another great money-making opportunity other than Hubpages - through a website called Webanswers. It’s a website where you answer questions while earning. I’ve joined the site, and have seen some Adsense clicks for the very first time. I was euphoric. Everyday, I would log into my Adsense account to see my earnings increase each day. It’s just too good to be true. I have my Hubpages account for a slow but passive income, and Webanswers account to boost my current earnings.
My "Perfect" Plan
Many online writers advise us to not put all our eggs in one basket. I thought I was doing it right. I would create a hub or two each month on Hubpages while I participate on Webanswers daily. I earn from two different sites. That’s great. But I was dead wrong. Though Hubpages and Webanswers are two separate sites, but I was still earning from one single entity – Google. So it was a big mistake on my part to think that I was putting eggs on two different baskets.
My Sister Cheerfulnuts Got Banned
I was checking my Hubpages earnings when I asked my sister cheerfulnuts about her earnings. When she went on to check her own earnings, she was puzzled to see an error message found in her earnings report. Because of the error, she tried to check her account by logging in Adsense. She thought that there was some mistake with her configuration with Hubpages. Soon after, she learned that her account was somehow locked – she cannot access her Adsense. She checked her email; there she got the notification by Google about her account being disabled. She was very shocked and devastated.
After receiving the email, I reported this incident about my sister to the Webanswers community to ask for some advice. Many were helpful and supportive. They suggested that my sister gather enough information from her Google analytics and fill out the appeal form.
Panic Among Webanswers Members
I soon learned that my sister was not the only person who got banned. I saw many similar questions by other users about their Adsense account getting disabled. They, too, had received the same dreaded email. I was doing some follow-ups on those questions, and had deduced that Google was making a major autumn cleaning among the small publishers. Webanswers has released a new policy on their TOS, that is, members from certain countries with high occurrences of fraudulent activities are no longer allowed to earn in their Website. They provided a list of high risk countries that are prohibited to join – which includes the country of my residence. Whoever (Webanswers or Google) made the list was unclear to us. The site administrators stated however that current members who belong from those countries are still allowed to participate and earn. The said policy was only applicable to new users who wish to create accounts there. So, it seemed that we were safe. Yet, panic arose when members – including long-time quality members – were being banned one by one. As expected, my turn to receive that dreaded letter came.
After getting banned by Google, I filed an appeal to them. However, I do not expect to get reinstated at all. As to why I was banned, I still do not know. The letter – obviously sent by a bot - did not even give me a basis for my fraudulent activity. It only stated that I pose a risk to their advertisers. More so, there was no prior warning to my account’s deletion. They simply sent me the letter, and that’s the end of it. The earnings I had accumulated over time went back to the advertisers’ pockets. Some banned publishers had speculated that it was because Google is getting bankrupt. That is why they have to do this drastic wipeout in order to get away with paying small publishers. Of course, those were just speculations. The thing is, Google makes all the money, we, as online writers, are subject to their rules. Even by abiding with their rules, there is still no guarantee that our accounts are safe. They are the king. We are the slaves. They could do whatever they want, whether we like it or not.
Life After Google
Of course, there are many more opportunities other than Adsense. I learned that sometimes, hard work is not enough. I have worked hard as an online writer, but my efforts were just wasted. I realized that working smart is better than working hard. The Internet is an ever-changing place. What works now might not work in the future. That is why we should always keep track of changes. Google doesn’t want me anymore, and it’s time to move on. My advice to you all is to never be complacent to where you are now. You might be earning a lot right now through Adsense, but you’ll never know what Google would do to you later on. Always have a backup plan. Even the most successful Hubbers here do have a backup plan. Besides Hubpages, submit articles on other sites too that use other ad network. If you're the type who prefers to stay on just one writing platform for earning, you should at least try to optimise your Amazon or eBay modules available here rather than relying solely on Adsense. That way, you get to earn money from many different sources. Best wishes to you all.
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