I have been running Google Adsense advertisements for a few months now and recently received my first $102 check. I have since been chugging along and looking forward to a next cumulative payment of about $150 when I got this e-mail on Saturday:
From : Google AdSense <email@example.com>
Sent : Saturday, May 27, 2006 12:28 AM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
CC : Google AdSense <email@example.com>
Subject : Google AdSense Account Disabled
It has come to our attention that invalid clicks have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s). We have therefore disabled your Google AdSense account. Please understand that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.
A publisher’s site may not have invalid clicks on any ad(s), including but not limited to clicks generated by:
– a publisher on his own web pages
– a publisher encouraging others to click on his ads
– automated clicking programs or any other deceptive software
– a publisher altering any portion of the ad code or changing the
layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason
Practices such as these are in violation of the Google AdSense Terms and Conditions and program polices, which can be viewed at:
Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected advertisers.
The Google AdSense Team
I immediately appealed by e-mailing Google, and as I await the outcome, I today found this very timely and useful post from Problogger on reasons one can get suspended by the Adsense team.