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.

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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 Mu-Sik.com site from the video as well as a couple of niche sites QuitCigs4Free.com and GiveUpWeed.com.

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?

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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 media.net 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. The biggest problem with Adsense accounts being disabled is that Google has outsourced its review and appeal process, (allegedly) (probably and most likely very true) So, to keep their jobs, (because they are fearful of loosing the money google pays them) If they think, (If they even think) there could be a problem.

    They will disable your account, why is that? Simple because if they miss an account, it costs them money and a lot of trouble, so they err on the side of caution, often without any real evidence or likely hood that you did anything wrong at all.

    So the appeal process never works because not google but the outsourced labor has instructed all appeals to be shot down. The only way you will ever get an appeal recognized and approved is if an American living in the USA actually gets the appeal and reviews it.

    This is a sad thing but this is the world in which we live.

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  4. My friend made the mistake of “helping me” and ended up spamming my ads. When I saw I was going to be making nearly $100, I knew something wasn’t right. Right before the month ended, my account was banned for fraudulent clicks. Over two years later, I’m still banned with no hope of being able to run advertisements on my website (and I refuse to go to other ad networks!). This is really a shame, and I hope one day I will be able to get the account unbanned.

  5. Its so hard now because Google have been very strict on this matter. Poor me :p

  6. My google adsense has been disabled. on $50 . Reason Invalid clicks. But I didn’t make click invalid clicks. Why google disabled me! and now how I get my old adsense please help me. out Regards. Muhammad Ubaid

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