What is a TOS violation? A found that on my affiliate settings today. For three weeks it had said; You severed your affiliation with Hub. I never did that. I explained to Ad-Sense what I believe had happene, and was waiting for a reply. I believed we were going to try to iron things out. What am I supposed to do now; I was just shy of $100.
Ton of Sh*t?
just kidding - sorry buddy no idea
That doesn't sound good, Harvey. Are you saying that Adsense suspended you? Did you get an email or anything from them? Can you log on to your Adsense account?
A TOS violation means you contravened the Terms of Service somehow. I assume it was the Adsense TOS. Did you try emailing the HP team when the message first appeared?
I explain to Ad-Sense that a fried wanted to help me, and clicked awy on the Google ads. They never get back to you, you just have to find what they did. They said; we can discuss any problem. That's pure bull!
Google takes click fraud very seriously. If you informed Google yourself quickly after your friend tried to "help you", you might have a chance. If they discovered it on their own, suspended you, and then you tried to plead your case, it's very unlikely that they will ever reverse their decision.
Here are the Google AdSense Terms of Service.
I received a phone call about what was done, and immediately looked at my Ad-Sense account. It already said diabled, so I wrote them immediately telling the story.
They replied saying; they will get back to me in about 30 days. At about 30 days I found a TOS on my account. They had told me this can be discussed after looking it over, that never happened.
It appears to me they intend to keep all previous earnings. This must be done to all in my position, that is a lot of money. Also making you wait a month after reaching $100 until paying yu genarates millions in interest for them.
Is there anything I can do? If I start legal action this will quickly become a class action suit, that is not my intention.
I hope to hear from you soon.
There's a lesson to be learned. IF possible, don't tell family and friends about your online activities. Seriously.
And if you do, don't tell them about Adsense.
And if you do, explain to them that every click can and will be tracked and you can get banned for fraud.
Bannings for this happens all the time. And Google have the right to protect their advertisers. In fact, they've been successfully sued by advertisers in the past for not making enough effort to deal with click fraud. So Google takes it very seriously.
Looks like your goose is cooked, Harvey. I guess they get lots of people who perpetrate click fraud, then try to blame it on "a friend" when they're found out - so you get caught in the same net.
Misha's advice is good.
Please take note of my e-mail below to Misha.
Hub now wouldn't take my first response to you. They said; you have posted a similar thread or whatever.
Harvey, I had a look back in the forums and saw a post you'd made then about a strange message. You were advised to contact HubPages - did they respond?
What exactly did Google tell you at that time?
The morrow of this story is NEVER let any friend or relative click on adsense in YOUR hub.
And always contact google immediately after you find out this happened.
They have no problem tracing your friends and relatives.
All they have to do is check who you e-mail or twitter,facebook,etc.
If you don't know; what can you do?
Flread, it's a bit overboard, they are not god or government to track your emails LOL
However, they drop cookies on your computer, and track your IP - this is enough to catch most suspicious clicks.
Harvey, your best bet is to open another account - either as a business entity, or to ask a relative to do this for you - different postal and email address of course, and bank info. Good luck!
Misha, What about the money they owe me for past months. There must be at least thousands of people in my situation. Google makes a fortune holding everyones money for different reasons. Most people back off. I'm thing of a class action suit.
What do yo think? It would be for people on all sites.
Did you know that Google also has the ability to and does take all of your e-mails in. I have found some of my e-mails when I Google myself. They give you the ability to not have these seen.
Did I give them permission to do that; NO! They have every e-mail you have sent. Does that sound legal? If I bring suit and everyone is informed of the above; how many people world wide would want to join in the suit?
It sounds like its a good idea to report any unusual ad clicking even if you are unsure that it was someone trying to 'help' you out. If you average at like 2% and it jumps by a lot it would be safer to contact google and ask them to have a look because you don't usually average so high. If there is no problem then at least you contacted google first and if there is by being the one to contact them they can know you are not trying anything dodgy. I will definitely keep this in mind myself
Adsense publishers have sued and won
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-gre … 72403.html
well, one has
the publisher got his money due, but did not get his account reinstated. G might have gone unprepared to small claims once. You want to bet it happens again?
You have to be kidding me. How in the heck would they know that a friend or relative is clicking on your ads? And, how would a person who is related to those people know that they are doing it? Maybe they are doing it just to help that person get some traffic. They don't know the terms of service?
And, how do they know that the person who is clicking on the ads might not be someone who is trying to get someone banned?
I would like to know how they are supposed to know these things.
What information are they getting that were aren't?
I think they'd know the timing of the clicks, and whether they came from the same computer (I would assume from the IP address??). But they wouldn't know whether the clicks were malicious or just someone trying to be helpful (some kinds of help one can do without lol). And I don't think they very much care from what I can gather. That article Sunforged posted was quite an eye-opener, and not in a good way.
They truly don't care if the clicks were maliciious or not. Because what they do care about is the advertiser who is paying the bill. And when someone clicks "for charity" it means that they aren't clicking in good faith. And the advertiser is getting screwed. If G doesn't police this then advertisers will no longer particpate.
If a site or hub, continually receives these clicks then the site or hub is no longer in G's best interest. They have all sorts of very complex statistical models that evaluate the worth of a site and the clicks it receives.
I think It means "Terms Of Service",and yes its on a hair trigger, do any kind of wrong movement and Bang!In flash your gone, did they at least tell you why? or What your violation was, I think anyone with a adsense account worries about this because I hear it alot, people getting suspended without notice from all four corners of the world. Maybe its like the world "over populated"and when one little thing goes wrong they terminate you. I don,t think its fair at all, I would try and email them repeatedly, hopfully its a error.
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