Hi Hubbers. A month ago, I received an email from Google Adsense. My account has been disable because it "poses a risk of generating invalid activity". I sent my appeal to Google after a couple of days. About a week ago, they emailed back and told me my they've rejected my appeal.
Now that I don't have an Adsense account, I can no longer earn with HubPages Ad Program. I don't have hubs about product/movie reviews, so I think I don't have much chance with Amazon either. I've signed up on Squidoo and have only published one lens there. I don't know what to do with my hubs. Should I transfer them to my Squidoo account? Some of my hubs have made it on Google's first page after all these months. If I moved them somewhere else, it's like starting all over again. I have also got a lot of comments from fellow Hubbers on my hubs. Perhaps I'm being overly sentimental, but removing my hubs would also delete all the comments that I've got. I'm confused. What do you guys think is the best thing to do? Is it worth transferring all my hubs to another site?
I am so sorry to hear this, really.
If I were you I would be tempted to move them to blogger - set up as many blogs as you want, keep them topic orientated - and you can put chitika ads on them.
Before you unpublish here, check carefully for plagiarism first, else someone else may win the right to keep your articles that they copied from here.
If they are not copied, you are free to move them. But there is no penalty for you duplicating your stuff on Blogger, so you can try them there while leaving them here for a time, if you like.
Google doesn't really like that, but hey, their search is a disaster area at the moment with many plagiarised articles showing up ahead of the originals, but one good thing they are doing is giving preference to blogger blogs (surprise, surprise!) so your articles may do very well there if you group them right.
Thanks for your suggestion IzzyM. Do you think Blogger is better than Squidoo?
I've never used Squidoo, so can't say, but as a company they seem to be doing well just now. I have no idea of their payments either, perhaps someone else who uses them can better answer your question.
I'm just thinking Blogger gives you the ability to add other monetization methods, not unlike your own site would do, but without the expense of paying for hosting etc. Also anything you earn is 100% yours.
I like Blogger. I do pretty well over there.
I saw on your profile that you already have a blogger blog. Nice blog! But it will not make you much money nor earn you traffic because, and I could be wrong, but NO-ONE types in 'cheerfulnuts' as a search term.
Still, it's your 'brand' and you should keep it.
New blogs you start should have a url and a title that people might search for, and of course, all the content should relate to that search term.
I see you have a couple of hubs that could come under the heading of travel. Try to think of a search term people might use and put all your travel hubs in that blog.
OR, start afresh, write brand new articles because your subdomain here has a PR2 which makes for a very nice backlink.
At the moment your blog is hyperlinked under the title 'blogger' instead of 'cheerfulnuts blog' which would be a lot more powerful to you.
Something to think about. Obviously you write for money (as well as friendship) and to earn through any other ad network you need traffic.
I have a hub about how to optimize blogger which might be useful to you.
No disrespect, because presumably you had your own reasons for choosing this ID, however there is no way I would go anywhere near a site featuring that term if it came up randomly in a search. Perhaps you are not aware, but "nuts" also has an obscene meaning in English, and especially with the "cheerful" in front, I would assume the obscene meaning was applicable to the site.
Not in a million years would that have crossed my mind.
Perhaps this is one of the differences between UK and US English?
Oxford English Dictionary: nuts - vulgar slang: a man's testicles.
No, I am not disputing your interpretation. I just would never have associated the words with anything obscene.
IzzyM, thank you so much for your suggestions. I will definitely read your hub. I will start planning about my next step. I will try asking Squidoo members' opinion about this. Thanks!
This is an interesting dilemma.
Have you contacted google and disputed the decision? Many writers have been able to reinstate their accounts after discussing the situation, proving that the problem was not intentional and promising not to make the mistakes again.
The only remedy is through the appeals form. It is very difficult to prevail. Once an appeal has been denied, it is game over, they will not review the case again.
That it draconian! I've only had one other account and closed it after finding out how awful the ads were .
I've already contacted Google. They've rejected my appeal. I've read that once your account is banned, you'll only have a slim chance of being reinstated. Their customer service sucks. At least they should have told me what exactly I did wrong, if there's any.
Normally I would offer to buy your account, but after reviewing your hubs I have decided against it. Your hubs don't fit any projects I wish to undertake. Someone else might be interested.
Sorry to hear this. It appears Adsense has been banning literally thousands of hubs from countries that include India/Asia/Phillipines, without a good reason - it's like a sweeping ban.
I really hope that sometime soon the HP ad program won't require Adsense affiliation - if eBay and soon Amazon will be associated with the program, it will be nearly impossible to sign up without Adsense.
I don't know if this has something to do with WebAnswers, a site that I had been participating on. A lot of WebAnswers members, including old members, had been banned by Google. All of them are from "prohibited" countries such as those you have mentioned. It was really shocking. There are also a lot of Filipinos or Indians here, but they still have their Adsense.
I am hoping the same thing to. I want to stay here.
I thought i would have a look at a couple of your hubs just to see what might be likely to "generate a risk of invalid activity" and one thing comes to mind!
At the bottom you have a nice picture pointing to what used to the voting buttons and the comments asking people to click - that space is now an add space.. you should not have anything pointing at adds and saying click this!!
Is this an issue?? Does anyone with greater knowledge out there know??
I know many people use similar pictures to encourage voting and commenting...
Also I assume that you have used the link auto suggest tool and most of your links are totally irrelevant to the subject of the pages..
I forgot when these changes took place. But I'm 100% sure that it wasn't there on the day I was banned. It was several days after being banned that I saw the new ad space. I didn't even bother removing my picture. There's no more point in doing so. I'm planning to ask HP to remove all Google ads off my hubs.
Sadly, I am now spending less time here on HubPages. I just come here to reply to comments or to check my new follower and sometimes, if I have extra time, to read other people's hubs.
@ cheerfulnuts sorry about your problem.
Looks like Google is really on the job.. Gives me the creeps though.
It has been a month. It still hurts when I think of it.
That's horrible, don't laugh but many of us here are not here to make money and love the creative process of writing in such a friendly and supportive medium. My point is are there any thoughts on writing to grow as an artist if you like it here?
Again I am sorry that happened to you sucks!
I think that if yopu have good content it is a matter of finding which non-adsense-based content site will earn best for you--so maybe try a few out? Perhaps Examiner.com?
Another blog is good, yes there are other advertisers out there besides adsense and may pay better btw, G owns blogger js
Sigh... so you're all telling me I'm far more filthy-minded than the average reader...
Nahh...but a very similar though crossed my mind too when I first saw the hubbername. So you're not alone!
I've been very surprised that others have not agreed with you all yet. I don't know whether the distinction I'm making here (following) is "real English" vs. the "American version," but I would think of the word as being only mildly obscene or vulgar - more like humorous anatomical slang, occasionally intended to surprise or jar. (But still definitely dubious as the name of a website, unless you know in advance what it's about.)
haha! Who knows! Unfortunately it's more to do with my terrible language. While I am getting better due to my new baby. I don't want to bring her up with me influencing her speech in that way.
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