Yes, the unthinkable happened.
Now – a month later I am 19 weeks pregnant and suffering from a case of horrible insomnia. Thanks Google.
So what now?
What is a web publisher to do after being banned from the king of online advertising?
Accept that something as untouchable as Google could be a scam artist, no better than the “criminals” it bans from its services.
I say this because during my research on the topic, it seemed like an awful lot of publishers have went through a similar experience as I have.
I began actively blogging on a regular basis in October 2011. I set up my Google Adsense account in April 2012 when my first domain was ready for the world to see.
I made very little ad revenue in the first several months I was an Adsense member. I slowly started integrating my Blogger sites as well, excited when I got to the first $30 threshold.
I got the postcard in the mail and was elated with pride.
A few months later I hit the final $100 threshold and was relieved after almost a year Google would be issuing my first payment.
The $180 I had accumulated in Adsense ad revenue would be critical to paying my county probation (another story in itself…) I need that amount each month and since I was on probation due to a result of my previous employer, I desperately needed the money.
But, according to Google, I had “invalid click activity” and as a result not only was I banned from the Adsense program, any money I had made and not been paid for (I was expecting my check 2 weeks after I relieved that dreaded email)…
Because I am innocent.
I even read the program policies and still I am clueless as to the real reason behind my account termination.
Their appeal page is about as vague as their email correspondence and it’d cost me almost half of what they owe me to take the case to small claims court, so for now I am letting it go.
I have no time to dwell on the fact that Google is a freaking stealthy scam artist – but this isn’t the end of this battle. You haven’t seen the last of me yet Google.