Adsense Account Disabled, What To Do Now?
Yesterday, I got a shocking news from Google and the credit goes to Facebook for this. Yeah, Facebook, isn’t it cool? Facebook letting me know about my account on Google. Actually, just yesterday, one of my friend on Facebook, Avinash who blogs at MakeMeNoise.com, posted about the ban on his Google Adsense account. I am hearing these kind of news from the start of this month and I used to check my Adsense account after that to make sure I am safe. But yesterday, 22nd April, 2013 was not my day. After I viewed Avinash’s status, I rushed to check my adsense account and yes, you guessed it right, my account had been disabled. I got a mail from Adsense using a “noreply” email address telling me that my adsense account has been disabled. There were a few links following me to Adsense Policies and to a form to appeal against the ban. I don’t know the exact reason, may be a CPC of $0.01. Google like FBI doesn’t disclose the secret as well because they think that intentional violators can use that information to circumvent their detection systems.
So, what now? What after Google Adsense which does not make sense these days as many other bloggers, some pros as well, have lost their accounts? There are whispers that it is because of Google Adsense Crawler which is not functioning properly. There is also news of world-wide brute-force attacks on WordPress blogs. This shows that nothing is going well for bloggers these days, specially if it’s linked to Google.
Now what to do when my Adsense account has been disabled? Here are some of the steps that I would take to ensure a better living as a blogger online with or without adsense.
1. Appeal Against The Ban
This is the very first thing I did after getting that email. I removed all the ads from this site and filled the reconsideration form, submitted it. I told them everything that has happened on my site in past one month including click-bombing and brute-force attacks. I had earlier notified them about invalid clicks activity on my ads and it all went good. Now, I am again waiting for their positive reply to my reconsideration request.
If you also think that your adsense account is also disabled because of some misunderstanding or invalid clicks activity then you should really appeal against the ban. Submit proper proofs like site stats showing exit links activity in your account and letting them know that you are working hard on your site to make it useful for your readers. Show them your reader stats, no. of subscribers or anything that you can think of which will help you. Remember, it is all about the truth, don’t lie to them.
2. Adsense Alternatives
There is no ad network in this world which can beat Adsense or Google as a leader in internet world. But sometimes, in desperate times, you will have to look for alternatives. There are many ad networks out there trying to stand their ground against adsense.
The two companies which come into mind after Google are Yahoo and Microsoft. Here to help you after Google Adsense is Yahoo. Yahoo has partnered with Bing to offer you an alternative to Google Adsense, Media.net. They are currently accepting only the high quality sites which are receiving majority of their traffic from United States, Canada and United Kingdom. If your site has close to 1000 pageviews daily from above countries then you must apply there. As I have heard, they are paying better than adsense at this moment. This is natural as there are not many publishers with them. I am going to apply as I have some† good traffic from US and UK.
Another alternative is IZEA media, they have more than 750,000 advertisers with them. If you sites in following categories then you must try them: Family & Parenting, Consumer Electronics, Pop Culture, Beauty & Style, Travel and Business.
3. Affiliate Marketing
†Since the start, Affiliate Marketing has had an upper hand on all the CPC (Cost per Click) programs like Google Adsense. In affiliate marketing, you promote a particular product to your readers and if someone buys using your affiliate link, you get paid. So, in adsense, what takes you weeks or months to reach the payment threshold; you can get it just in a couple of sales in Affiliate Marketing. Take HostGator affiliate program as an example. HostGator pays $100 for every genuine customer you refer to them. If you could refer just 1 customer per month to them, you are making $100 per month. With a little more effort, you can convert those $100 into thousands.
But it’s not that easy as it seems. You might have heard,”With great power, comes great responsibilities”. It’s the same with Affiliate Marketing, you will have to work hard, more than you did to get adsense account. And yes, if you do it, I assure you that you will making an steady income through affiliate marketing.
I have been trying my luck in Affiliate marketing as I don’t want to depend on Google alone. Occasionally, I promote HostGator in this blog and I have got a couple of sales from them which was enough encouragement for me to start a niche site in Web Hosting. Now, I am trying hard to get it ranked which is a daunting task looking at the competition. Affiliate marketing takes time so you need to be patient and keep working hard to achieve your goals.
What about Google Adsense?
Well, I don’t know why they disabled my account when I got it approved for they approved it themselves. I have only got a payment once from adsense and this would have been my second had they not disabled my account. In the past couple of months, I was getting a CPC of almost zero, $0.01 to be exact. Adsense can also somewhat limit you in terms of using other monetizing methods. That was really driving me crazy so in a way, I am happy for that. Now, I can concentrate more on my niche site.
But I need your help, I am looking for suggestions for this site. I need some affiliate programs which will suite my site. If you know about any program which will work well on this site then please do let me know in the comments.