13 Tips To Get Your AdSense Account Banned

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As the “hunger” for making money online increases day by day, it is all but normal that we try to do things that could improve our earnings by all means possible. Such means depends on our mid to long term expectations and doing things quickly or erroneously could just lead to something bad happening. Quick easy money exists (not get rich), but at what cost? If you ask me, I rather have 10% of 50 than 100% of nothing.

That said, here are some tips, that if applied, will surely and very quickly, get your Google AdSense Account, banned:

Clicks and Impressions
As a publisher, you should click your own ads or use any means to inflate impressions and/or clicks artificially. Such methods include, but are not limited to, repeated manual clicks or impressions, automated click and impression generating tools and the use of robots or deceptive software. All of these methods are the quickest way to get your AdSense account banned.

Encourage Clicks
Ask others to click your ads and use as much deceptive implementation methods to obtain clicks. Below is a short list of what you can do to get your AdSense Account banned.

* Compensate users for viewing ads or performing searches, or promise compensation to a third party for such behavior.
* Encourage users to click the Google ads using phrases such as “click the ads”, “support us”, “visit these links” or other similar language.
* Direct user attention to the ads using arrows or other graphical gimmicks.
* Place misleading images alongside individual ads.
* Place ads in a floating box script.
* Format ads so that they become indistinguishable from other content on that page.
* Format site content so that it is difficult to distinguish it from ads.
* Place misleading labels above Google ad units. For instance, ads may be labelled “Sponsored Links” or “Advertisements”, but not “Favourite Sites” or “Today’s Top Offers”.

Do Not Worry About Your Content
Placing AdSense code on pages with no content at all is not very interesting. In order to get banned very quickly, the following are examples of what type of content you will need, to speed up the process.

* Pornography, adult or mature content (try XXXX)
* Violent content (put some blood in there)
* Content related to racial intolerance or advocacy against any individual, group or organization (freedom of speech)
* Excessive profanity (WTF)
* Hacking/cracking content (share your knowledge)
* Gambling or casino-related content (sure fire way to get rich)
* Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia content (try GHB)
* Sales of beer or hard alcohol (how about soft alcohol)
* Sales of tobacco or tobacco-related products (there goes your MJ plantation)
* Sales of prescription drugs
* Sales of weapons or ammunition (e.g. firearms, firearm components, fighting knives, stun guns) (sell an old nuke)
* Sales of products that are replicas or imitations of designer goods (I only sell original Plada – Prada is copy)
* Sales or distribution of coursework or student essays
* Content regarding programs which compensate users for clicking ads or offers, performing searches, surfing websites or reading emails
* Any other content that is illegal, promotes illegal activity or infringes on the legal rights of others (hmmm, let me think)

Do you live in a place where the &%”@?? dialect is your primary language? If it is not supported by Google, then fire away. Place those codes and get banned.

Copyrighted Material
Sometimes we have no idea of what content we should publish and we also know that a nice image will perfectly fit the article. The internet is a sea of content and images, just get someone else’s article, search for a nice image and presto, you are on your way to the dark side of the force. Why worry about copyright infringements, if you want to get banned quickly, right?

Webmaster Guidelines
Now this is great, this will not only get you banned from AdSense, it will get you banned by Google completely. Best of both worlds.

* Do place excessive, repetitive or irrelevant keywords in the content or code of webpages.
* Use hidden text or hidden links.
*Do not avoid “doorway” pages created just for search engines or other “cookie cutter” approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
* Do include deceptive or manipulative content or construction to improve your site’s search engine ranking (e.g. your site’s PageRank).
* Avoid creating a useful, information-rich site and write pages that clearly and accurately describe your content.

Traffic Sources
AdSense ads may be placed on pages receiving traffic from certain sources. For example, publishers may participate in paid-to-click programs, send unwanted emails or display ads as the result of the action of any software application. Also, publishers using online advertising should not worry if their pages comply with Google’s Landing Page Quality Guidelines. Trigger pop-ups, redirect users to unwanted websites, modify browser settings, are steps needed to get you banned.

Ad Behavior
Altering your AdSense code or manipulating it in such a way that the behavior changes is also a good from to get banned. As an example, you can alter the code in a way that if someone clicks on it, a new browser window being launched.

Ad Placement
Fill your pages with it. Use pop-ups, send it through emails or use a special software to get things rolling. Here are some more examples:

* Integrated your codes into a software application of any kind, including toolbars.
* Display them in pop-ups or pop-unders.
* Place them in emails or in email programs.
* Place on pages whose content or URL could confuse users into things associated with Google due to the misuse of logo trademarks or other brand features.

Site Behavior
Sites showing Google ads should be complicated for users to navigate. The more complicated it is, the higher the chance of those ads getting clicked. Interfere users as much as possible with your sites navigation.

Competitive Ads and Services
Confusion is the name of the game. Display AdSense ads alongside with other contextual ads and ensure that the format is exactly the same. To increase your chances of getting banned, use the same layout, colors, and make it look the same as those AdSense ads.

Product-Specific Policies
More than three ad units and three link units for content, placed on each page, is a good candidate for getting banned. Coupled with two or more Google AdSense for search boxes placed on each page, will just do the trick.

Google Advertising Cookies
As you know, cookies or web beacons are sometimes used to collect information as a result of ad serving on your website. Disclosure, is not important and if you do not have a Privacy Policy on your website, why should you, if your objective is to get banned?

These tips are all you need to know to get your AdSense Account, your Google Affiliate Program Account, and in some cases your website completely, banned from Google. Obviously, I hope that you are smart enough to realize that I wasn’t serious and that these tips are what you should exactly avoid doing a at the risk to see your Google AdSense account getting banned, very quickly Sometimes, it is easier to understand what you can do to get your account banned than telling you what not to do. However, if you are serious about complying with their rules and want to maintain your account for a long time, do the contrary and you should be just fine. Note that, regardless of being AdSense or any other program, the idea is to abide by their Terms Of Agreement. Doing this will avoid bad things from happening.

The idea of presenting the article this way, was shamelessly “borrowed” from my online friend Nicolas Prudhon, of SEO Help. What say you?


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