How I Got My Disabled AdSense Account Re-enabled and Working Again

Google AdSense is definitely the most popular and possibly the best ad network online. However, Google can (and will) disable your account at any time, for any reason, and there’s not much you can do about it.

adsense lesson

What is Google AdSense?

Google is a monopoly. They are the largest search engine and advertiser in the world and this causes problems.

AdSense can deliver highly relevant and targetted ads through your web pages making publishers, advertisers and Google lots of money. But, it is a victim of its own success. Google offers no individual support for AdSense.

Google usually disables accounts for invalid click activity. Since you get paid every time someone clicks an AdSense ad on your site, naive webmasters have been known to go click, click, click on their own ads. OK. Maybe most aren’t that stupid. But maybe their friends are. Who knows? The fact is many accounts have been disabled and publishers doesn’t have a clue why. Google won’t tell them.

What to do if your Google AdSense account is disabled

If you don’t think you have been responsible for any invalid click activity on your ads or you don’t think you have violated Google’s terms of service, the first thing you can do is appeal.

This works … sometimes. However, judging by the number of unhappy people there are on Google’s Product Forums, I think we can safely say that the appeals process is unlikely to bear any fruit.

Another thing you can try – if you’re desperate – is to simply create another AdSense account. Now, creating another Google personal account when you’ve already got one is against Google’s Terms of Service. But, Spencer Haws, an internet marketer and niche site genius, successfully created a new company with a different address to his banned personal AdSense account address. He’s happily still making a fortune from Adsense after his original account was disabled.

My story

My relationship with Google generally, and AdSense in particular, has been rather weird and very love/hate. First of all, the reason for my AdSense account being disabled was always a complete mystery as I never had AdSense on any of my sites – I was never allowed to set up an AdSense account in the first place in 2006/7!

Over the years, this started to rankle.

Of course, I sent off a couple of appeals but only to have them rejected by Google, saying: “our specialists have confirmed that we’re unable to reinstate your AdSense account.” No reason. No explanation. And it was hard to work out what I’d done wrong considering that I’d never published an AdSense ad!

The breakthrough come through an unlikely quarter – YouTube! Throughout the year (2012) Google had been amalgamating the monetization of its video sharing site with AdSense. So when I tried to monetize the videos on my YouTube channel, I was met with the same disabled account.

Google’s Product Forums (formerly known as Google Groups) are a good place to go with these types of Google gripes – Google employees hang out here.

I posted a question in the official YouTube forum:

“When I try to enable monetization on my YouTube account, I get: “Signup error, please try again later” – I’ve tried switching browsers.

Would this be because my Adsense account is disabled? I have never used Adsense but whenever I go to Adsense it says was disabled for invalid click activity!

I don’t suppose there’s anything I can do about this?”

See how I’m trying to be as polite as possible?

This was picked up by a member of the forum called PeggyK, I believe it’s likely that she is a Google employee. She said that although it’s impossible to have your AdSense account disabled before it’s enabled (and as far as I can remember that’s what happened), she said it’s possible that there’s been some sort of mistake. She moved the thread over to the AdSense forum.

That was on October 29th. I hadn’t heard anything by November 16th and I impatiently left another post on the thread:

“I would really love to hear an answer on this.”

PeggyK came back almost immediately saying:

“You should be receiving an email from Adsense support soon, if you have not received one already.”

Well, I never received an email, and I almost forgot about it when I’d packed my bags and run off to Brazil to run my business from somewhere a little nicer than UK in December!

Then … out of the blue … I just went on to Google AdSense and saw my Adsense account enabled!

What’s happening now?

I’ve gone a little AdSense crazy since.

I’ve been putting AdSense on some of my (less successful) websites. (I recorded this before I learned about Custom Channels in AdSense). I’ve put Adsense on my main site, the site from the video as well as a couple of niche sites and

I have also monetized some of my most successful YouTube videos (so far only with “Overlay in-video ads”, not the hugely annoying but probably more successful “TrueView in-stream ads”).

It’s unlikely that I’ll stick with this many AdSense ads long term but it’s interesting to test the different sizes, placements and sites and I’ll let you know how I get on.

What about you? Do you use AdSense? What’s been your experience?

Did you enjoy the article? If so, please share!

Readers Comments

  1. Glad to see your account became activated. Clicking your own ads is a huge no-no. I can remember when the program was new, there were people developing robots that would hammer your adsense pages. They got that under control now and I agree, it’s definitely not a good place to be banned. There are few alternatives to generate revenue for most Websites.

    • You’re absolutely right it’s the best ad network out there. I have experimented with others, including Bing’s new network, and they just don’t compare!

      Yeah, it was funny the way people used to click their own ads. You can’t be too careful though, a friend or relative may do it thinking they’re helping you! :)

      • I never tried Bing. I read something long ago about a Publisher’s Ad Platform from them, but I always had good results with Google Adsense. That’s a good point too, a friend or relative could surely raise some flags. I wonder how many people ask that of their friends and family members.

        On the other hand, there cannot be too much emphasis on others’ clicking links, because that would open the doors for people to remove financial motives. For example, bloggers could continually click their competitors ads causing their adsense account to be disabled. For most, that would greatly reduce their ambition to contribute time to a Website.
        I have created an aStore through Amazon. I thought it would have done better before Christmas, but it didn’t come close to Adsense either.

        • I heard good things about the Yahoo/Bing ad network – it’s called but really I don’t think it would ever outperform AdSense on this site or any of my other sites.

          I’m sure it’s possible to get someone banned from AdSense by clicking their links. It’s definitely possible to point a load of links at a competitor to cause a Penguin-type penalty.

          For me the most money to make through a site is with affiliate links. But it all depends on the site and the people behind it and in front of it. :)

  2. Rachel Jenners says:

    So what’s changed with Adsense in 2015?

    • The biggest change in adsense is really the expansion of the channels. In 2013 the channel shift to mobile was growing, in 2015 advertising spend in mobile is just incredible, and adsense opportunities are now across all the digital touch points desktop, mobile and mobile apps. Same is of course true for affiliate marketing as well, but that’s another story. I would also say the shift in web design has possibly changed the performance of the text ads that used to be the high performers in terms of click through rate (ctr – apologies if you knew this already). In summary, there is a lot going on and a lot of opportunity in digital marketing right now.

Speak Your Mind