A few weeks ago, after years of not joining Goggle Adsense because I didn't think it'd be worth it, a friend talked me into trying it out. This is a growing blog and I am experiencing a growth in traffic and I thought it might be worth a shot.
Lo and behold, I started getting some clicks. I got to the payment threshold and did all of the things you have to do to get a payment.
So, imagine my utter dismay when I get in my email box CHRISTMAS MORNING an email from AdSense saying that they are disabling my account for "invalid clicks". Now, I run their ads not only on this site, but on my other sites as well. I have no idea which of my accounts was allegedly generating the illicit activity and Google can't (read: WON'T) tell me which account is the issue.
This is all highly suspect to me, because until I was in line to actually get a payment everything was fine. Also, way to ruin my mood on CHRISTMAS.
Google AdSense violated Wil Wheaton's Prime Directive "Don't Be A Dick"... I did nothing wrong, brought traffic to their advertisers and they have disabled my account, which after reading their forums seems to mean I am banned FOR LIFE with no recourse. And the money I made? Yeah, not going to get it. But to me, the worst part is that this all happened CHRISTMAS MORNING, when I was already feeling pretty blue about things.
Since I wasn't really counting on revenue from AdSense, the loss of the accounts is a petty inconvenience. I am, honestly, more insulted than anything else. And if anyone ever asks me if AdSense is a good program I will tell them to not even bother considering it. Nor will I ever consider using them to do advertising for my business or any business I am involved with.
Makes no sense to me... Now, on to bigger and better things!