Let me begin by saying that this didn’t happen to readthisshit.com — Google Adsense banned this website from Day #1 because it has “Shit” in the domain name and they claimed that it offended their sensibilities. (Of course Google promotes plenty of Vulgar content, but they’re hypocrites like that.)
But, this has happened to countless website publishers, and it happened to my friend Brielle. She asked me to share her story to warn others.
Google runs an advertising program called Adwords where they sell banner ads and links if you want to advertise your business, product or website. Someone who wants to advertise can pay Google a couple of dollars per click through Adwords and then Google gets Suckers to place these ads on their websites with a program called Adsense, and tells them they will get a few cents per click.
Google gets $2 a click, Sucker gets 4 cents a click, and Google calls it square. (Of course all the tracking is built into Adsense, so they’re probably lying about the number of clicks, but what the Hell, we won’t even go there.)
Kind of a raw deal for the publisher, but some people figure 4 cents is better than nothing and sign on. Except as one-sided as it sounds, Google doesn’t even want to pay the 4 cents.
Google’s Terms of Service say that they won’t pay any money to a new person hosting ads for them until they earn $100 in revenue. Less than 1% of the people who see an ad click, especially with many of the cheesy ads Google runs like for adult diapers, catheters, free credit reports that cost $25, etc. So to earn $100 at 4 cents a click, one needs about 2500 clicks. And with less than 1% of people clicking a webmaster needs about 250,000 visitors before they’d get paid even 1 cent by Google.
(Some clicks are worth more, some less and the percentage is sometimes higher or lower than 1% – but this is about average.)
250,000 visitors before Google will pay a Penny. Think about that a moment. This isn’t even the controversial part!
Brielle’s Blog was new and nobody was banging down her door to advertise, so she figured she’d go for it.
In April she showed Google’s ads a few thousands times and “made” $2.12 and Google paid her $0
And then in May she showed their ads a few thousand more times and earned $3.14 : Google paid her $0
June she did even better and finished at $5.86 but Google paid her $0
July she doubled her traffic and showed thousands and thousands of ads served for Google and a revenue of $12.11
August she did $17.32 and her Google check was $0
And then in September she “made” $23..55 but she was still below the $100 threshold, so Google paid her $0
Her Blog was clearly picking up steam, she was up to $64.10 and figured probably by the end of the year she’d finally get paid.
But then in October, something very cool happened, one of her articles went Viral and she got thousands of hits and made $78.34 in revenue, bringing her total to $142.44 and she was ecstatic! She’d finally get paid for 6 months of displaying over 300,000 ads for Google.
She got an end-of-month notice saying not to count her chickens just yet, that the clicks had to be reviewed for fraud before she’d be paid.
Then there was another notice from Google saying that her results were verified and she would get her first check for $142.44 issued at the end of November (no typo, Google doesn’t pay until the following month, when they do eventually pay).
Still, she’d been waiting since April and hadn’t seen a Penny from Google for 300,000 plus ads she had displayed, so a few more weeks seemed OK.
And her traffic in November was doing pretty well too, not like the Viral month of October, but she had about $40 more that’d be coming to her soon. Or so she thought.
Three days before the check for $142.44 was supposed to be sent Google deactivated her account and announced that they were keeping all of the advertising money she had earned going back 7 months.
Here’s the letter:
With our advertising programs, we strive to create an online ecosystem that benefits publishers, advertisers and users. For this reason, we sometimes have to take action against accounts that demonstrate behavior toward users or advertisers that may negatively impact how the ecosystem is perceived.In your case, we have detected invalid activity on your site and your account has been disabled.
We’re limited in the amount of information we can provide about your specific violation. We understand this can be frustrating for you, but we’ve taken these precautionary measures because intentional violators can use this information to circumvent our detection systems.In some cases, publishers can make significant changes to correct the violation and are willing to comply with the AdSense program policies (google.com/adsense/policies).
For this reason, we offer an appeals process as an opportunity to work with you to resolve the issue. To help you with the process, we’ve created a list of the top reasons for account closure for you to review before submission at http://support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=2660562. Please be sure to provide a thorough analysis in your appeal, which you can submit at https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/request.py?contact_type=appeal_form and we will follow up accordingly.
Thanks for your understanding,
The Google AdSense Team
The “appeal” was never answered, they just kept 100% of her money and they got 300,000 views for Free.
What’s really sad about this is that I did some investigating (using Google!) and there are virtually unlimited number of stories about people who have been cheated by Adsense. I had seen some of these before when I was researching advertising for readthisshit.com but I thought to myself, “I bet those people clicked their ads” or cheated in some other way.
To be fair to Google, I bet some of them did try to game the system.
But Brielle was honest and they stole 7 months of her work and Google did nothing to justify it except sending her a form letter and then stonewalling her by refusing to communicate in any way. And you can bet that the majority of the stories that you read about are victims just like she was.
To sum it up, the way Google’s Scam works is they trick publishers into running ads for them for months without paying for them, and everything is fine. But right before they’re supposed to send out the very first check, they disable the publisher’s account and then steal the money. Rinse and Repeat and Google gets Billions of ads served without paying a cent for them.
Google You Suck!
Nice info – I was considering Ad Sense and now it seems to make no cents, Perhaps they should change their name to:
G Ø Ø G L E
lol at “make no cents” and “G Ø Ø G L E”
Hrm..I have adsense on my website, I’ve never been fond of it as it makes ZERO moneys, not even a buck or two..or even five pennies. I think I’ll just take it off now. I don’t even like the ads and how they look. SO booyah to that one.
if you are looking for something that will generate income and you don’t get a shitload of page views or even if you do…whichever..go with amazon affiliates. I’ve had them since…April and while I haven’t made a lot of money, I’ve made a whopping $12.00 with them. It’s a passive ad and I don’t mind what they show in the image as I somewhat control what the ad looks like..PLUS you can use it in your actual posts and if someone clicks through, you get a few cents here and there.
There are some issues with them, as with any affiliate thing, but I really haven’t had any issue with them, myself.
Anyways, good article, I’m going to go disable google adsense off my main website.
I am so glad you pulled the Google ads; especially since you were showing their ads for free!
I’m sure every aspect of the adsense/adwords program is crooked, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re cheating on the metrics. I can’t believe they’ve claimed you have zero revenue after running their ads for so long..
Many of the Google products are great, but that shouldn’t be a license for them to steal from people.
I’ve noticed the Amazon ads on your site, I really like how they fit in with your articles, and have clicked through a couple of times in the past to look at the items. I remember a zombie doll you had up once that looked very cool.
Unfortunately, I’m in one of the (about) 15 states that Amazon doesn’t allow to be an affiliate. They’ve gotten in fights with a few states over not collecting sales tax and terminated all the affiliate agreements in those states.
Google ad word is effective tool.They need to revive their policies regarding domain name.But ad word really gives benefit to websites.While starting campaign for your website you need to review that time to time.Therefore review your campaign time to time compare with other factors.For more information you can visit:http://www.dpfoc.com/blog/does-adwords-really-work
just noticed something weird happening now with ads for websites on google search pages. the sponsored ad websites that relate to my search at the top of the page wont respond to clicking on them, it’s just static and stays on the search page.
After many clicks nothing happens, I’m not taken to any web page.
Is google adding these clicks up and charging the clients accordingly?
if they are ripping them off hard out.
It seems really odd how this quite often happens.
could really boost revenue couldnt it? repeated clicks. maybe i should contact the companys directly and inform them of this.
I’ve actually caught Google ripping off me. I make about $50 a month from adsense across 12 webzines, all “clean” original content and nothing black hat. Had them for a few years and it pays the hosting, which is fine with me.
One month, for some reason, Google mailed me a check instead of doing the usual electronic deposit. Where I live in Europe, it cost about $75 to cash a check, so when I contacted them, they told me to wait 80 days for the check to expire, and they would credit my account in the next billing cycle. This was a check for 138 euros.
Then in Sept. of that year, they notified me that they were suspending my site because the word “prostitute” was in an article (seriously, it was an anti-trafficking in women artilcle). This same form letter was received by some other high level sites, including titanic.com (too many instances of the word “tit”) golf.com (too many XXX, as in clothing sizes), rawfood.com (raw is a sex term) and some toys online site (toys are a sex term too). We all ended up on the same forum thread to get reinstated, and seems the new google filter was set too sensitive). So I had less than $10 in earning that month, meaning i didn’t hit the threshold for a payment, but the previously issued check was recredited to my account, putting it over the threshold for payment. But when they went to reissue the payment, they deducted about $25 for “suspected invalid click activity”!!! This was from the earnings of a payment they had ALREADY VETTED AND ISSUED months before. There wasn’t even $25 in activity that month, cos my adsense WAS OFF!!
I wrote repeatedly to the forum, and some google employee wrote that i “must have done something wrong because google doesn’t make mistakes”. No, they just rip off their publishers on purpose.
But, they’re a monopoly, what can you do?
PS: I too once had an article that went viral, about the BP oil spill (I met the rig owner in budapest and he told me the morning before it hit the news). That site went from about 10 hits a day to MILLIONS, and I made over $1300 in adsense… but google then sent me a letter saying they were refunding the advertisers (yeah, right) because of the suspicious nature of the of the traffic. Seems becoming instantly popular is a no no in google’s world.
same thing happened to me…. yesterday I posted around 4+ articles on my blog and shared all 4+ post on social media…Guess what Google Disabled my adsense account….
Now I filed an appeal form lets see when they reply
Same thing happened to me. I made R5,088.05 South African Rand. that;s around about $500 give or take a few. One day before I need to finalize any settings I get this standard message:
With our advertising programs, we strive to create an online ecosystem that benefits publishers, advertisers and users. For this reason, we sometimes have to take action against accounts that demonstrate behavior toward users or advertisers that may negatively impact how the ecosystem is perceived. In your case, we have detected invalid activity on your site and your account has been disabled.
We’re limited in the amount of information we can provide about your specific violation. We understand this can be frustrating for you, but we’ve taken these precautionary measures because intentional violators can use this information to circumvent our detection systems.
In some cases, publishers can make significant changes to correct the violation and are willing to comply with the AdSense program policies (google.com/adsense/policies). For this reason, we offer an appeals process as an opportunity to work with you to resolve the issue. To help you with the process, we’ve created a list of the top reasons for account closure for you to review before submission at http://support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?answer=2660562. Please be sure to provide a thorough analysis in your appeal, which you can submit at https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/request.py?contact_type=appeal_form and we will follow up accordingly.
Thanks for your understanding,
The Google AdSense Team <<<<<<<<<<<<
I worked my ass off placing ads on my blogs, websites etc etc. Would wake up early in the morning to update my ads. Now that I make a bit of money this.
I swear i am so pissed now that if I do not get my cheque I am going to start BLOWING shit up!!!!
Quote me on that.
Remember the name.
I want Approval For Adsense Anybody Help Me
Makes what this guy is saying a lot more credible about how they operate internally about how they scam people:
Thank you. WHAT an eye-opener and something I suspected for a while. Reminds me of dealing with freaking Craigslist..
Great Post and very Detailed! Thanks!
I like to see more about Google Adwords n Google adsense
Back in 2005 I made $700 with adsense but it took a fucking year. I pubished a site about Paris Hilton and it got traffic, lots of trafic and I would get gocery money every couple months, ya know like $130 or $150 every now and then, it was nice. Right around 2008 they funneled it own to like a penny for the month, literally one cent. They contol it all, you are t their mery waiting or a theshold. I say thresholds suck!
How about we spin it around and the advertiser desntvay googe until they meet a threshold fr adverising results? They would never do that, they are in court evey month being sued, in fact theit legal team s so agressive, I had to use a fake name to publish tjisbino cuz my accountvis just belw their bullshit threhold.
Join a legit pogram like LinkShare, they will send smaller checks, but at least they keep coming.
Adsense used to be good, but Google hired some people who have no respect for Americans and they will just play you,, not pay you, all while while they earn on your coatails on your server.
Yeah they screwed me to, I was so angry I swore I would never use Adsense again because of their lying behavior.. I am looking for the day there is a Class-Action suit against Google for their fraudulent practices….
Also, Youtube as well… I’ll use my OWN affiliate ads, that’s the way to go..
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My youtube site has almost 3 million views and my stupid google adsense account only has 13 dollars in it, I am supposed to be making 1-20 dollars a day, I get at least 3,500 views on my videos a day. This system is slavery
They owe me $178.00, won’t pay. I filled out all the info, they sent me a pin number, I entered the pin and it don’t work, if you enter it 3 times then they have to send you another one, that I never got and probably wouldn’t work either anyway.