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The Google AdSense Rumor - This is Normal for Them?

The rumors flying at the time (2011) were that I had been swept up in a major housecleaning - Google AdSense’s attempt to appease “someone somewhere” (advertisers or whatever).

Lots of folks were affected. Little folks. And some (SOME) bigger folks, too.

At the time I truly did believe that Triond was the culprit. I was clueless about that part of it, however. I had had my AdSense account for more than a year when it was yanked. I was making pennies right along.

I didn’t hit their radar until my YouTube videos got monetized and my hair cut videos gained popularity.

I still don’t quite get that but I’m not complaining. They are still up and I am thankful for everyone who has ever watched and enjoyed those hair cut series!

But I went from very few views for everything (articles and videos, etc.) monthly to thousands of views weekly in a very short period of time.


Of COURSE it’s understandable that my Google AdSense account would come up under review.

But gosh darnit, don’t let cancellation be your first course of action. That’s just bad business.

I know I wasn’t making gobs of cashola. YET. But the potential was there.

And like I mentioned 44 (or so) PP posts ago, I made sure - 100% - that I adhered to every rule YouTube had about how to post videos there.


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Ruby3881 wrote on July 13, 2014, 8:38 AM

"But gosh darnit, don’t let cancellation be your first course of action." That really says it all. When a company becomes too big and powerful, it tends to act in a very all or nothing manner. Sometimes things are best handled by asking questions first, rather than firing on sight.

SandraLynn wrote on July 13, 2014, 8:44 AM

You are right, Ruby3881 (I've been meaning to come visit with you, btw...heard a good word from a mutual friend, more later...) but you are right...unfortunately, Google being, Gooooogle and all. I go on to go ON about their BRITCHES being too big in the next couple posts coming up :( It still astounds me, the amount of money (potential, I realize) they've lost from so many. They sit somewhere and say, oh, we have enough... lol. Yikes. ;)

Porwest wrote on July 13, 2014, 10:05 AM

It does seem like perhaps they were a little too quick to the punch on that one, and surely they are happy to have you now. The only things I have tied to my AdSense are WebAnswers, my BlogSpot blogs, and my HubPages. The bulk of the money comes from WebAnswers these days, and the only problem with that is that THAT site is constantly having issues with Google, especially when they do their updates, so the only unfortunate aspect of that is that IF a site were to cause them to yank my account, it would be WebAnswers.

nitsbubb wrote on July 13, 2014, 10:07 AM

I think getting the Google Ad sense account itself is a great achievement, I suggest with proper correspondence it should be through.

poddys wrote on July 13, 2014, 10:24 AM

The amount of money they have lost, AND the effect it has on you as an account holder trying to make money for you and as a result for them. They seem to answer only to themselves, it's very frustrating. The whole internet seems to jump and change on their every whim.

AliCanary wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:59 PM

Seriously--the internet is one of those few places where you actually CAN blow up overnight, and they should KNOW that. Knee-jerk cancellations are so thoughtless. I know they're a big company, but they're rich enough to hire people to review just such cases fairly! :(

AdrienneJenkins wrote on July 13, 2014, 3:02 PM

I've never applied for my videos to be monetized as they contained licensed music in the background for line dancing so even though it was for demonstration purposes only would not be in compliance.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 13, 2014, 3:26 PM

They really do have a stranglehold on the internet, Tony. Between the search rankings and their AdSense program, they can pretty much make or break any site. (And even if the site stays up, it's as if someone slammed on the brakes...)

In some ways I think it's good for sites like Persona Paper to work on building revenue streams that are at least less dependent on Google. But the reality is we can't escape their control.

SandraLynn wrote on July 14, 2014, 7:22 AM

That's my issue - the whole internet seems to jump and change at their every whim.


Too darn big for themselves and they don't play well with others.

I'm darn lucky 3 YEARS LATER, to have found an AdSense alternative - having stumbled upon it, randomly. But back then, I was S U N K :(

SandraLynn wrote on July 14, 2014, 7:24 AM

Yes, they are big and rich enough, Ali :( I don't know what goes on over there or how they came up with this way of handling CS. But they are freakin' FAMOUS for it...

SandraLynn wrote on July 14, 2014, 7:25 AM

And you are right not to apply. Following the rules at the other end. You know you won't pass so you don't try to sneak in. Period! :)

SandraLynn wrote on July 14, 2014, 7:31 AM

The reality is they can't control everything because they end up screwing themselves if they try to screw everyone else. Really. This is probably a topic for longer discussion but ultimately, other rev share places were born because AdSense became such a horror show. Google will still rank pages wherever, no matter what ads are running on them. What would really hurt the old pocket book is if a bunch of sites who they deemed "un-google-cool" got top billing (ranking) all over the internet and AdSense earnings TANKED.

Ah, a girl can dream, lol.

Anyway, this story is far from over. And I'm still writing my life :)

Ruby3881 wrote on July 14, 2014, 7:30 PM

So, who did you go with? I had an AdSense account on one of my blogs eons ago, but never earned squat on it. I'm thinking now about whether I want to try monetizing again....