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Friday, February 22, 2008

Is Somebody Fraudulently Clicking the Google Ads?

I'm so not happy. Today I received an email from the Google AdSense team:

While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our advertisers in the future, we've decided to disable your account.

Please understand that we consider this a necessary step to protect the interests of both our advertisers and our other AdSense publishers. We realize the inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions about your account or the actions we've taken, please do not reply to this email. You can find more information by visiting https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153&hl=en_US.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

This is a real problem, since I made 51 cents off of Amazon ads in January compared to $11 (and growing with our increasing readership) from Google. I wasn't clearing a profit, but it was helping to subsidize my flash habit. Ultimately Rich and I wanted to make this a pro market for art as well, and I certainly can't do that without revenue. Without Google ads, I'll either have to eat the cost or start charging for access or something along those lines.

If anyone thought they would do me a favor by clicking on my ads repeatedly, PLEASE EMAIL ME ASAP. I need to show Google that I'm not engaging in fraudulent behavior, or (a) they'll keep the 60 bucks I already earned, and (b) they'll never let me use their ads again.

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