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December 01, 2004

Busted! Another "innocent" suspended publisher not-so-innocent after all

Nothing makes publishers more paranoid than hearing about other supposedly innocent publishers being suspended for no reason at all. Every month, one or two publishers post in the AdSense forum at WebmasterWorld that Google is unfair because AdSense suspended them for fraudulent clicks... and of course they didn't do a single thing wrong...

Of course, fraudulent clicks doesn't just cover clicking your own ads. It can include inciting clicks, encouraging surfers to visit all your sponsors, and even having AdSense on a page with a disabled back button and nothing else to click on but AdSense.

The latest suspended publisher pleaded innocence, but you guessed it, that really wasn't the case at all.

Encouraging others to click on your ads on pages outside your site is against the AdSense terms. For instance you said:
Feel free to stop by, visit my sponsors, and register on our active forums.

This was posted by you on another message board earlier this year, after you began running AdSense... and it is against the terms to do this. Perhaps someone reported you, or they found it on their own, but that could very likely be what got you suspended. That, or all the posts you made pointing to your now-inactive mesothelioma site...

Read the whole thread here.

More proof as to why publishers really shouldn't be all that paranoid about being suspended, because so many of the suspended publishers were actually guilty of those fraudulent clicks they claimed they were innocent of.

Posted by Jenstar at December 1, 2004 12:44 PM


yeah - I'm a little sick of those threads - people need to learn to read the conditions of programs that they sign up for. If they don't then they deserve what they get. I applaud Google's stand on it because without it advertisers would be unlikely to sign up and the rest of us would suffer.

Posted by: Darren Rowse at December 1, 2004 12:52 PM