Brushing up on the Google AdSense Terms of Service will keep your ad revenue coming in
If you are a publisher using Google AdSense, you may or may not know how easy it is to tick off the Google Gods. We’d all like to think we’re honest business people, and we’d never click on our own ads, but you might be unaware of some of the lesser known rules laid out by Google.
AffiliateWatcher.com came up with a list of the most violated rules by Google AdSense account holders. Here are the best ways to get your Google AdSense account suspended:
- Clicking on your own ads. Sure, accidents happen. But if you’re so “clumsy” that you click on your ads 20 times in 10 minutes, you probably need to be banned. If you do accidentally click on your ads, contact Google AdSense immediately and let them know what happened.
- Putting Google AdSense on websites that have questionable or banned content such as Hacker, Warez, Porn, Drug and Gambling sites.
- Showing AdSense ads on Registration or “Thank You” pages.
- Sticking ad-relevant images next to your AdSense blocks. For example, tricking people to click on your ads by putting pictures of cell phones next to an AdSense block showing cell phone ads.
- Registering multiple accounts. I’ll just say it’s possible to have multiple accounts legitimately. However, for most of us, one account is all they will let you have.
- Registering an account after you have been banned. See above.
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- Taking part in a “AdSense Click Ring”. These are groups of people who click on other members ads. Google is smart enough to figure this out folks!
- Putting Google AdSense on Pop Ups that keep generating other pop ups when a user tries to close them. This gets a lot of AdSense Account holders. This increases your “impression rate” thus messing with your data that Google uses. The best thing to do is to not put them on pop ups anyway. Google also does not want their ads on Pop Unders.
- Asking other people to click on your ads. Google says not to do it, so don’t. Simple as that. I’ve seen video’s and other forms of advertisements where goons asked people to click on their ads. It’s my opinion these people need to be banned!
- Disclosing click through rates, earnings per click and impressions. Although I don’t agree with this one, AdSense TOS says not to do it, so I don’t. Their money, their rules.
- Using malicious automation software such as ‘bots’ to click on your ads. Again, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know this is bad. I don’t feel sorry for these types of people either.
- Putting AdSense on pages with no content. Some people will put up pages with nothing except ads on them.
- Hiring overseas workers to click on your ads. There are companies/individuals who do nothing but click on AdSense ads. Do you really think Google can’t figure this one out?
- Creating Made For AdSense Websites. Google is beginning to really crack down on websites that are made just for AdSense.
- Putting AdSense ads on Hate websites. Bad business, don’t do it.
- Keyword stuffing pages. Google considers this a No-No and may yank your account for it. I use to see this a lot with Mesothelioma pages. (FYI, Mesothelioma use to be one of the highest paying keywords on the Internet)
- Putting AdSense on websites that promote: guns & ammo, beer or hard alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, copyrighted infringement content, knockoff clothing or goods and sites that distribute term papers or essays.
- Using excessive profanity. I’m not sure who decides what “excessive” is, but Google will ban your AdSense for it, damnit!
Some of the above may have been obvious to most of us, but there is a real problem for some publishers who have decided to take Google AdSense and have not read up on the Google AdSense Terms of Service. If you are using AdSense, take some time out today to brush up and make sure that you are not putting your ad revenue in jeopardy.