If you are one of my five readers, you may have noticed that my posts have taken a sharp downward spike. That's because the wind has been sucked out of my sales. A short while ago, I got an email from the Google Adsense robots. Apparently they detected some invalid activity which is Google's euphemism for click fraud.
After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.It's more than suspicious that they send me this just as I was approaching the measley $100 minimum required before they will cut a check. I checked some online discussion boards -- yes using Google to search -- and found that I am not the first publisher to coincidentially be deactivated just as they approached the $100 mark.
Because we have a need to protect our proprietary detection system, we're unable to provide our publishers with any information about their account activity, including any web pages, users, or third-party services that might have been involved.Translation: we cannot tell you what we think you did that is wrong but we are sure you did it and will carry out our sentencing accordingly.
Once we've reached a decision on your appeal, further appeals may not be considered, and you might not receive any further communication from us.Yeah you can argue your case but as we've already made up our mind, you might as well not bother. And don't email or contact us as we will ignore everything from you in the future.
This sucks so much. They won't tell me what misappropriate action they think i've taken and they won't correspond with me beyond the appeal form -- a generic form with small text fields so you cannot really articulate a response and then they decide they will not communicate further with you.
Okay then, time to uninstall all google apps and go with BING.
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