I Just Got Banned From Google Adsense! Now What?

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Google Adsense is a program is run by Google. The program allows the publishers around the Google network of content sites to offer automatic text, video, images, advertisements to name a few. All of this is directly targetted towards the site content and the audience.

No one wants to get their Google Adsense account disabled.

But what I’m about to share below happened to my Google Adsense account a few years ago and I hope my Google Adsense account ban experience will be helpful for you in getting your disabled account back.

I got a really depressing email that my Google Adsense account has been shut down!

I received the same message for all of my business accounts as well. So I no longer have any access to Google Adsense. The news fell on me like a ton of bricks, and I’m still a bit dazed and trying to climb out of the rubble. To say the least, it hurts…bad! However, since I have always tried to be as open as possible here on my blog, I felt like I needed to share the news with you.
For those of you unaware, I have been consistently averaging over $10k a month for the past year or so. The last REAL income report where I showed my full Google Adsense income was in August, where I had earnings of $13,099.49.

Since that time I have only been sharing partial results about a group of sites I built and my authority site.
In fact, the money I earned last month will NOT be sent to me. Google is “kind” enough to return that to the advertisers.

So, what happened to my sites and where do I go from here?

Banned From Adsense: What Happened?

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I got the standard message from Google, which you can read here, but says: “we’ve determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity”. These are the only details given, no specifics.

All I know is that my Google Adsense account has been disabled.

I have of course submitted a reconsideration request, but from what I’ve heard I don’t have high expectations.

So Why Was I Banned from Adsense?

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My sites receive nearly 100% of their traffic from search engines and I NEVER click on my own ads or ask others to do so. I’ve been using Google Adsense since 2005 and have never had issues in the past. So, all I can say is that Google has obviously changed something on their end.

I’m not sure if it had to do with being to aggressive with my adsense layouts or other factors.

I probably could have picked a less aggressive WordPress theme with regards to ad placement. It seems like Google is getting much more aggressive in closing accounts.

In fact, you have probably heard of lots of other reports of people getting the Google Adsense accounts closed as well.

Here are just a few others that have also recently had their Adsense accounts shut down:

  • Zac Johnson
  • Ghauer Chaudhry
  • Eric @ My4hrworkweek.com

and many others. In fact I have received a few other private emails from people in the past couple of weeks that had their Adsense accounts shut down.

So, it appears I am not alone. So, this isn’t something I did, but I believe Google is getting MUCH more aggressive about shutting accounts down.
That is the only thing that I can figure. Lots of domains probably raises a red flag.

With Adsense Disabled, Now What?

Well, it could have been worse. Even though my primary monetization source is gone, the source of my traffic is not. All of my sites still rank exactly where they were before in Google.

So, with some experimentation, I hope to find some other contextual advertising networks that get me close to where I was with Google Adsense. Here’s a list of several other ways to make money from a website besides Google Adsense.

It won’t be easy, and to be honest I would be very surprised if my sites earn what they were earning with Google Adsense with any other network. However, hopefully I’m wrong.

I already have a few other ad network options that are worth considering:

  • Ezoic
  • Mediavine
  • Media.net
  • Adthrive
  • Kontera.com
  • Infolinks.com
  • eBay Partner Network
  • Amazon Associates Program

I was also recently set up on Vibrant Media. I also just applied to the Media.net advertising program. In addition, I am approved by a ton of other affiliate programs.

What Are My Options If I’ve Been Banned From Google Adsense?

No worries, there are still a ton of options out there for you. And the majority of these display ads options can earn as much or more than Adsense.

First, I would try reapplying under a different name. I did this by applying through an LLC and that’s still a valid tactic. If that doesn’t work, here are some alternative ways to monetize your site.

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