So I've been a Hubpage and Squidoo writer for the past 5 years. Recently, my 185 Squidoo hubs were transferred over to Hubpages and to start earning money, I applied for the Google adsense program about 2 weeks ago.
It appears that my account was approved for a couple days and then I got the notice shown below saying that my account was banned? What the heck? The only account where the ads were showing was on my new hubpage (old Squidoo lens) account. I poked around a bit and it sounds like sometimes they ban relatives of previously banned folks. I know that my husband's company was banned from Google adsense for no apparent reason like 4 years ago. Maybe they booted me because of his address? We aren't associated with one another business wise so that would seem ridiculous.
I guess the question now is what do I do next? Can I still earn money here at Hubpages without an adsense account (it appears that the Hubpage earnings program requires a adsense account). I know I can earn from my personal Amazon account, but that is not much compared to the $500+ I used to earn a month at Squidoo. At this point, maybe I should just move the content to related blogs???
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
------------------------------------Google 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.
If you have any questions about your account or the actions we've
taken, please do not reply to this email. You can find more information
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/ … ;hl=en_US.
The Google AdSense Team
Mine also was approved, but after getting an enormous amount of hits, my Adsense account says account disabled.
I didn't receive an email explaining why, and I don't know how to contact them
Logging into your AdSense account should allow you to solve both of those issues.
Good luck - I hope you are able to do so. When I try to login to my adsense account, it says it was disabled so there is no way to login. Sorry to hear you are having issues too!
If you end up starting your own site, I have an Adsense alternative I'd like to let you know about. Going to send info to your email via HP profile.
Google does use street addresses. I know some house-sharers who have had difficulty getting an Adsense account because Google will allow only one account for the whole house.
So, if you've used the same address that was attached to your husband's banned account, it's likely that's why your new account got banned, too - and as far as I'm aware, there's no way around that.
That is a disaster, because frankly, without Adsense it's very very difficult to earn a worthwhile amount on HubPages. You already know how well (or badly!) you can do on Amazon alone - for most people, that's just not enough.
I hope someone more versed in Adsense rules will drop in with a solution! The only thing I can think of is, do you have an alternative street address that you could use? They will send you a PIN by snail mail so it needs to be an address you can access (e.g. a relative). Then you could re-apply but you'd have to do a totally new application with a different email address as well.
Thanks Marisa for your quick response and confirmation that it is likely the relation (or same address) issue that is the problem. The thing that sucks about all of this is that at Squidoo I was giving all my earnings to charity so my local CAER food shelf was getting the $500 a month or so from earnings. Now I have no way to give them money from these old lenses/hubs. I don't know what to do, but they depend on every penny so losing the Squidoo income was a big blow to them.
I'm not going to waste my time bringing them into compliance with the hubpage rules if I can't make the money to give to the food shelf. And I hardly think it is fair to leave the content on hubpages for them to earn from the ads being displayed on work that I've written. Frustrating!
There is no way they can know your husband is a relation of yours. They don't check Facebook or family trees! So could it be the address? If not, then perhaps we need to look at what else it could be.
I agree, if you can't resolve the Adsense issue then there is absolutely no point in leaving your Hubs here. They are easy to delete and transfer to your own blog or website.
The obstacle is that in general, blogs/websites don't work unless you can specialise in one topic. The good thing is that I assume you know which of your lenses made the most income. Can you identify one main subject area that's the source of most of your income? If so, those would be good lenses to move to a blog. Since it's for charity, I'd suggest moving it to Blogger.com (which is free to use), but I'd strongly recommend buying and attaching a proper domain name which includes your main keyword(s) - it can make a big difference, and also make it easier to move your content later if you need to.
Obviously you won't be able to use Adsense there either, but it opens the door for you to join a host of other affiliate networks and also solicit donations directly (using Paypal). You can also set up a newsletter and ultimately, when you have enough signups, you'll be able to negotiate advertising rates directly with suppliers (who could donate the fees directly to your chosen charity).
Can you use the charity address and some of their information to reapply?
If that info is not the OP's info, that would be illegal, and grounds for the account to be banned again.
Would it be illegal to go to the charity and ask them to sign up for an adsense account (outside of hubpages) and then use their adsense ID on my hubs? It would be their account with their names and address on it. I don't think that would be illegal right?
That is for you to research. How charities and AdSense interact is not something I am familiar with at this time.
Suffice to say, if you have ever been banned by AdSense, to obtain another account is against their rules and grounds for automatic banning of any future accounts, so be careful.
The other thing to note is that your Hubs appear to have the sort of content that is being slammed by Panda right now, and you'll have to fix those if you want to keep those pages earning here.
When I sign in all it tells me is
"Help Account Disabled
Your AdSense account for this login is currently disabled. We recommend checking your email inboxes for any messages we may have sent you regarding your account status. Sometimes our messages can be caught by email filters, so please be sure to check the Bulk/Spam folders of your email accounts as well.
If your account was disabled for invalid click activity, please visit our Disabled Account FAQ for more information. "
I didn't receive an email from them
It is kind of shocking to find out that Google just bans people without having a explicit reasons but on the other hand I have my own reasons to believe that this is a common practice. I have been struggling with adsense for over a year now.
This is the link to the AdSense Help Forum:
https://productforums.google.com/forum/ … rSEcaa7ngJ
Thanks to everyone that has given feedback. It seems that once you are banned from Google Adsense, you are pretty much screwed and they have no interest in helping or telling you why they may have banned you. You can only appeal if your account was closed for click inactivity. Otherwise, you might as well eat a big old suck-it sandwich
Based on some old posts I've seen here at Hubpages, this seems to be an ongoing issue with Adsense. I just feel a bit deceived by the entire Squidoo/Hubpages transfer process and the entire "earning money at Hubpages" is easy campaign.
I've been an avid contributor on both of these platforms for 5+ years and I guess I thought that someone from Hubpages might weigh in on this issue that seems to be impacting numerous people. Bottom line is that if I can't earn money here, I will have to take my work elsewhere. It is just such a bummer for those of us who sent all of our earnings directly to charities via Squidoo.
I don't think you've been deceived. The great majority of Squids who transferred will get their Adsense account without any trouble, once they've been here a month or so. It's just really bad luck that your husband's business got banned and that it's rebounded on you.
The reason staff haven't weighed in is that you're posting in a community thread, which isn't monitored by staff. Anyway, as you've discovered, there's nothing they can do to help - Adsense is a law unto itself, and often totally unreasonable.
Trying to appeal your ban is a waste of time. You have two options. You can apply again with a new gmail account, a different site and (importantly) a different street address which has no connection with your husband's business. Or you can approach the charity to see if they would like to open an Adsense account so the money can go directly to them.
Not having Adsense doesn't stop you earning from Amazon capsules if you have a personal Amazon account. Personally I wouldn't feel that was profitable enough to be worth continuing to write new articles, however at least it would mean your existing Hubs could earn something.
squid-janices Appealing is not a waste of time. They shut my account down a couple of years ago, and I appealed. It was reinstated. Everything was settled within a week or less. I don't remember exactly.
You can also try what Marissa suggested about applying again with different gmail account, etc.
It does not matter if you were on HP, Blogger, Weebly, etc, if Adsense denied you here, they would have denied you elsewhere as well.
But, if you move your content to your own site, or even Wizzley which is one that allows Chitika ads, there are other ways to get ads from other sources for you to earn from.
Linda, why were you banned? I tried to find a link to the appeals process, but like squid-janices, all I could find was one for prohibited content or invalid clicks. There doesn't seem to be any appeal process that applies if you've been banned because of association with another account.
Marisa: Something about clicks on my blogs. I appealed it due to fact that we have no control over who clicks, how often, etc. I had to open another gmail account and change it here as well.
Go here: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1205533?hl=en
Scroll down to trouble shooter close to bottom of page.
Appeal a violation notification
Please use this troubleshooter to respond to a violation notification you've received. This troubleshooter will ask you a series of questions so as to ensure that your response is sent to the appropriate Google team.
Thanks Linda and Marisa for your input. Marisa - you are right about the two options and not being able to appeal the association with a banned account. At this point, I will probably just look for some blogs where I can place my content. If I figure out another way or the charity steps up with their own account, I will let you know. Moving on and letting this frustration go
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