On 5-April-2009, I received the following message from Google AdSense:
Title: Google AdSense Account Disabled
While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense
account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since
keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our
advertisers in the future, we've decided to disable your account.
Please understand that we consider this a necessary step to protect the
interests of both our advertisers and our other AdSense publishers. We
realize the inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you in advance
for your understanding and cooperation.
If you have any questions about your account or the actions we've taken,
please do not reply to this email. You can find more information by
I went to the page, filed an appeal and got the following response (sent
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אנו מודים לך על שהעברת אלינו ערעור בנושא השבתת חשבון AdSense. הודעה זו מאשרת
נשתדל לבדוק את את חשבונך בהקדם, אך בהתחשב בהיקף הבקשות המופנות אלינו, ייתכן
שיחלפו 48 שעות או יותר עד שנענה. כמו כן תגובתנו יכולה להתעכב, אם שלחת את בקשתך
במהלך סוף השבוע. בנוסף שים לב שערעור על השבתת חשבון AdSense אינו מבטיח שהוא
כתזכורת, אם יש לך שאלות לגבי חשבונות שהושבתו בשל פעילות מודעות לא חוקית, עיין
בסעיף 'שאלות נפוצות לגבי חשבון מושבת בשל פעילות לא חוקית'.
-Original Message Follows:
-Subject: Invalid Activity Appeal
-Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 20:02:58 +0000
+Original Message Follows:<br />
+From: firstname.lastname@example.org<br />
+Subject: Invalid Activity Appeal<br />
+Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 20:02:58 +0000<br />
-11_ExampleUrl: http://www.shlomifish.org/ , http://fc-solve.blogspot.com/
+01_Origin: helpcenter<br />
+02_FormType: appeal_form<br />
+04_AdSenseLocale: en_US<br />
+05_IP: 188.8.131.52<br />
+07_Name: Shlomi Fish<br /><br />
+09_AdSenseLogin: email@example.com<br />
+10_PubId: pub-2480595666283917<br />
+11_ExampleUrl: http://www.shlomifish.org/ , http://fc-solve.blogspot.com/<br />
+12_DisablingMonth: Apr<br />
+13_DisablingDay: 5<br />
+14_DisablingYear: 2009<br />
+15_AlreadyAppealed: no<br />
+16_OtherAccount: no<br />
18_WebAudience: It's my personal homepage, so people who arrive at its
-various resources: pages about software, stories and aphorisms, technical
-presentations and essays.
-19_UserGeography: My site is mostly written in English and appeals to
-International surfers. I get traffic from many countries.
+various resources: pages about software, stories and aphorisms, technical
+presentations and essays.<br />
+19_UserGeography: My site is mostly written in English and appeals to
+International surfers. I get traffic from many countries.<br />
20_UserAccessMode: I haven't checked, but expect mostly from homes,
-offices, universities and other schools.
+offices, universities and other schools.
21_ScrapedContent: None, except limited quotations and some pages that
-became offline and were preserved on my site.
-22_ContentSources: It's almost entirely my own.
-24_UpdateFrequency: Normally, a few times a week.
+became offline and were preserved on my site.<br />
+22_ContentSources: It's almost entirely my own.<br />
+23_NumAdmins: Only I.<br />
+24_UpdateFrequency: Normally, a few times a week.<br />
+25_BoughtTraffic: no<br />
27_TrafficSources: From search engines, and links in news sites/blogs. I
promote recent features of my sites on my weblogs, in news sites such as
http://osnews.com/ and http://reddit.com/ and to a lesser extent as blog
-comments on other people's blogs.
+comments on other people's blogs.
28_AdvertiserValue: My site has a lot of high-quality content, and attracts
-29_UserIncentive: Don't think they would.
+29_UserIncentive: Don't think they would.<br />
+30_ViolatedTerms: No.<br />
31_InvalidActivity: On April's Fools' Day 2009, I published the following
It got featured on Slashdot here:
(And possibly other sites).
I suspect that it may have increased the traffic to my site (at least
temporarily) significantly, which as a result got erroneously classified as
32_SuspiciousData: I don't think there was, but I'm going to go over the
logs from March and April, just to be sure.
The Hebrew tells me that they'll try to inspect my account soon, but that
I have received at least two payments from Google from my ad revenue and was
-happy about that, but I lost all the revenue
starting from the last payment, including
+happy about that, but I lost all the revenue from the last payment, including
that generated by the "Mastering cat" feature, which has significinatly
increased the number of hits on my site on 1 of April.
web-masters like me so badly, and lack so much efficiency (despite the
fact that their motto is "don't be evil."), especially on the service
that brings them the most revenue.
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