Spencer Haws-Just Got Banned From Google Adsense! Now What?
Spencer Haws Banned, now what?
So today on his blog, Spencer Haws lets the world know that he got his Google Adsense account banned. BAM!!!! What?????
So Spencer got his Google Adsense account banned just like smoking is getting banned everywhere too. I don’t think it was a huge suprise to a lot of people, with Google cracking down on everything Internet Marketing related. Look at what a couple of his commenters said about his post:
Wow, Spencer, I am truly sorry for what happened to you, although I still have both of my adsense accounts I am slowing transitioning away and using media.net, I actually just spoke to a family member of who works for Google, and as of course he could not disclose the reasons why adsense accounts were being shut down he did tell me that accounts with hundreds of domains are definitely red flags as sites that are small and hold no weight when it comes down to it. He also said accounts with those many sites are also red flags because Google knows that one person or entity cannot maintain hundreds of sites. Again I am sorry, this affiliate marketing game can be so good at times and then things can go to hell at the drop of a dime. Best of luck, but from my experience, you can never go wrong with selling physical products.
or this other comment:
Sad but True
Look at this from googles perspective. You’re exploiting googles search results to shift advertising dollars away from google, and into your pocket. They are not going to stand by and let a bunch of internet marketers take money out of their pockets with thin, highly ranking websites. At the end of the day, they make a LOT more when a user clicks a link directly from the google search result. It sure beats having to pay all of that money out to you.
Sorry for your bad luck, but this was bound to happen.
The bad thing about all of this, is Spencer seems to be a “above the board” type of guy, meaning he doesn’t seem to do much Black Hat or Gray Hat things to his Niche Sites. He finds a good keyword(s) and goes after the keywords aggressivly until he gets a high ranking in Google organic search results.
There are 2 things that I had in the back of my mind while I was reading his post that never really got answered and probably never will be able to definitively be answered by anyone but Google and that is:
- Why was his account banned?
- Can he change anything to get his account “unbanned?
I think the answer is the combination of the 2 comments that I quoted:
- Obivously Google can see all the different websites that are using the Adsense code on you account and they think that one person cannot possibly maintain good, quality sites if there are over a certain number of websites.
- Google thinks all Internet Marketers are scammers- in which I think they are partially right. There are A LOT of people out there just looking to make a quick buck, no matter how they get it, so it’s the guilt by association scenario.
Here the thing I think many people are overlooking, and I left a comment on Spencer’s blog pertaining to this, there HAS TO BE A COMMON TRAIT OR FLAGS that Google is looking for.
Are they looking for Adsense accounts that have over “X” amount of websites tied to them?
Is it too many Artifical links sent to them?
Sites that were using Build My Rank backlinks or Private Blog Networks? In my opinion, this is were I think the crack down is coming from. My theory is that Google is cracking down on the “Cheater Networks” along with the “Cheaters” that use them. Think about it, Google can and does follow all the links coming from the Private Blog Networks to the different sites already, they already have all of this indexed, so all they have to do is look at the sites that are using them.
BMR’s punishment was the got De-indexed, Spencer’s Adsense account got disabled because he was using using this “artificial links”. Again, this is my theory, which could and probably is wrong, but it got me thinking.