Every morning, I go through my normal routine of checking my stats, responding to social media chats, and reviewing my latest earning report on Google Adsense. However, when I tried to log in to my Adsense account I got the following message:
“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 immediately went to check my email for further information, as I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why my Adsense account would be disabled. If you’ve been reading The Work at Home Woman for any length of time, you know that I’m religious about acting with integrity and following the rules.
When I found the email about my Adsense account, it said that my account had been disabled due to invalid click activity. Of course, this seemed totally ridiculous to me, because I would never jeopardize my reputation or revenue stream by participating in any sort of “illegal Google” activity. In fact, when I first signed up with Google Adsense, I told my husband, friends, and family never to click on my ads, because I could be banned from Adsense for false clicks (invalid click activity).
Just as soon as I read the email, I filled out the appeal form and didn’t think too much about it. The previous week I had an unusual spike in traffic from some very random sites. During the same time period, my email server was hacked into which required a site-wide reboot and hours of work to correct. Putting two and two together, I assumed that this was the reason for Google’s recent decision. I presumed that once they saw all of the data that they would reverse their decision, as I have been an honest Adsense Publisher for the past three years.
As the days passed, I decided to do some research on the subject. As it turns out this is a frequent problem for bloggers and publishers, so frequent that there are services and consultants out there to help you formulate your Google appeal so that you have a better chance of getting your Adsense account reinstated. As I was starting to feel like a Google reject, I found this great thread over at the blog, My 4-Hour Work Week that allowed me to commiserate with other bloggers and publishers who were in the exact same boat.
Finally about a week and a half later, I received an email from Google stating that they reviewed the information that I had sent them, but that they were unable to reinstate my account. While being banned from Google Adsense isn’t going to make me or break me financially, it does bother me that I’m being banned for doing absolutely nothing wrong.
What does this mean for bloggers and online publishers?
When you decide to become a monetized blogger — you need to have an income diversification plan in place. This means having more than one or two monetization methods in place, so that if something like getting banned from Google Adsense happens to you, that you’re not thrown for a financial loop.
Here are a few monetization methods to help you diversify:
- Ad Networks like Media.net and AdThrive
- Direct Ad Sales
- Affiliate Marketing
- Brand Ambassadorships
- Subscription Service
- Membership Site
- Informational Product Sales
- Public Speaking
- Coaching and Consulting
- Freelance Writing Services
- Social Media Marketing
- Webinars and Teleseminars
While there is still a bitter taste in my mouth from this experience, I know deep down that when one door closes another opens, and I look forward to what that future holds.
Have you been banned from Google Adsense? What did you do? What is your most profitable monetization method?
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Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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