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    Banned Adsense account; is it a red flag?

    I happen to see a website that looks alright, with decent traffic and then the seller tells me he had problems with his adsense account. When it happens I immediately lose my interest towards that listing.

    A little bit earlier I was looking at the abbreviation summary for the abbreviation WSO, which I saw a couple of times on this forum, when I saw it was about another forum I immediatly went I registered to it. I went to their market place and the first listing I looked at, the seller had his adsense account banned too. I looked at his role on the forum, thinking he was a new unknown member trying to sell his junk. I was wrong, he his a Senior Warrior Member.

    Was I wrong all this time thinking that banned adsense account were a red flag?
    I did not read the adsense TOS, but do you know the main reasons why adsense accounts are banned?
    Is it just Gargyle trying to make webmasters go broke?
    If a website got ban with a previous owner, are there more chances it gets ban in the future?

    (I know I ask a lot of questions and give only few great answers, but I am still in the learning process. Rest assured that whenever I feel like I might give a great answer I do it.)

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    A banned adsense account doesn't necessarily mean the site is bad. Sometimes competing websites will do what's called "click bombing" (repeatedly clicking on adsense ads to unnaturally drive up clicks on the adsense account) a MFA (made for adsense) site which looks suspicious to G and G bans the account of the site that got click bombed. The site owner can appeal it, but it can be hard to recover from.

    Sometimes it is a dumb newbie mistake to click their own adsense ads falsely driving up the number of clicks and resulting in getting banned. (Getting too greedy)

    Sometimes it's well intentioned friends and family trying to be helpful by clicking on too many adsense ads.

    Any time there is an unnatural surge in adsense clicks, it could lead to getting banned if G thinks you're trying to cheat.
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    If the site has been banned by AS, as a new owner you could get it fixed up to comply with AS T&Cs and try to get it reinstated. Failing that, you could monetise it by some other means. Clinton has a list of 101 alternatives to AdSense.

    As Jim pointed out, fraud or suspected fraud will get you banned. There are various other reasons for it too:
    http://support.google.com/adsense/bi...answer=2660562
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    The real difficulty about Adsense bans is that they are imposed sine die - you can't appeal against them without great difficulty, because Adsense is intended to function as an entirely automated system.

    There are two kinds of Adsense ban, the site ban and the account ban. If a site is banned, the owner is still allowed to run Adsense on his other sites. If the account is banned, the owner is not allowed to run Adsense on any sites.

    Whenever there's a problem with a site that is entered into any part of the Gargyl system, Gargyl mostly don't give any straight answers. They just give you links to documents which are supposed to help you understand, and in many cases they are so off-beam with their deep suspicions you would laugh if it wasn't costing you money. That is why so many people decide it is easier to sell sites than argue about the ban.

    If a site has been banned, it may be because it was running too many ad units per page, simple as that. Or it may be a deeper problem. It might be something like an ad banner from another advertiser, which was advertising a holiday company when installed but got switched over to advertising a casino, and has since been switched to advertising an epilator. You can't pick that out, because the problem casino ad is long gone. You have to look very carefully and assess the site.

    The reasons for bans being imposed - there is no data. If there's an obvious T&C infringement on a site, then Gargyl might notice that, but in a couple of cases I know about it seems likely that someone noticed an apparent infringement and reported it to Gargyl. One E-P member was told to stop running Adsense on a site because the site's main content was based around YouTube videos - too much Gargyl content, they would not allow him to make money from that!

    If an account has been banned, the sites for sale may be mostly quite acceptable for Adsense purposes, and the man will probably be able to say why his account was banned. In that circumstance you should be able to buy his sites with some confidence that you can make adjustments and avoid the problems he encountered.
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    I got suspended from adsense without a clue. Been with the company since 2005 I believe.

    It's definitely NOT a red flag unless you see actual flaws but it is always worth the investigation.

    I've had sites disabled from adsense for perceptional flaws and added other ads that did well in their place. I'm actually trying to get away from adsense all together myself because I believe they are making cut backs in 2013, heavily ruling against sites for rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cBusiness View Post
    I got suspended from adsense without a clue. Been with the company since 2005 I believe.

    It's definitely NOT a red flag unless you see actual flaws but it is always worth the investigation.

    I've had sites disabled from adsense for perceptional flaws
    Sounds like you've been sailing close to the wind.

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    and added other ads that did well in their place.
    Please say what worked best - we all want to know what the best substitutes are, but people only try the alternatives when they get a ban ...

    Quote Originally Posted by cBusiness View Post
    I'm actually trying to get away from adsense all together myself because I believe they are making cut backs in 2013, heavily ruling against sites for rubbish.
    Which is a drag, because some rubbish sites work best for Adsense - if you tell the punters what they need to know, they don't click on the ads ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crabfoot
    Please say what worked best - we all want to know what the best substitutes are, but people only try the alternatives when they get a ban ...
    Not true. I tried several alternatives, and wrote about how I got on in the MMO forum. Here's a couple of examples.

    Infolinks

    Kontera

    I would be glad to move away from AdSense, but in my experience there's been nothing to match it. I too would like to hear if other people can get the alternatives to work for them.
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    They gave me a headache at first,

    but if you have good traffic, CPX interactive actually is a good alternative.

    Like many companies, if your traffic is not substantial, they will not give you those 'premium ads' that earn well. If under a 4k-5k uniques daily, might be a waste of time.

    Have any of you ever thought about trying Ads4Dough, peerfly, or another Affiliate marketing program to find 'offers' that you can advertise yourself?

    If you get those offers yourself & find some that work, you cut out the middle men that manage & buy advertiser ads. Not arbitration but it's close.

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