Google Adsense account disabled

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erebel55(Posted 2014) [#1]
I have been developing a mobile game that is getting somewhat close to release. While developing I implemented Admob banner and interstitial ads. I also ported therevills interstitial module over to ios. Everything was going great. However, I have my wife testing my game and apparently she clicked on a few too many ads. banned my account over a measly $5 and apparently I have a greater chance of winning the lottery than having it reinstated :(

I filled out an appeal and explained that I understand why it was disabled and that I would put a stop to any fraudulent activity in the future.

So, I am pretty depressed as of now.

What are my options?

We have a chartboost module, but it looks like it doesn't work 100%.

My target platforms are ios and android.

erebel55(Posted 2014) [#2]
I also just received this email

Thank you for your appeal. We appreciate the additional information you've provided, as well as your continued interest in the AdMob program. However, after thoroughly re-reviewing your account data and taking your feedback into consideration, our specialists have confirmed that we're unable to reinstate your AdMob account.

As a reminder, if you have any questions or concerns about your account, the actions we've taken, or invalid activity in general, you can find more information by visiting

Xaron(Posted 2014) [#3]
You have no chance. They disabled my Adsense account years ago as well, luckily before Admob came up so they disabled my Adsense account (for websites) years ago but I still have now my Admob account which works. They told me that there was click fraud (which I did not had) but you can't argue with them, you even don't get a personal contact there... :/

You just can move on. Chartboost might be a viable alternative, yes.

Tri|Ga|De(Posted 2014) [#4]
I got my account disable a few years ago and I did not use it in a wrong way, they just disabled it and they will not tell me why.
I also filled out an appeal, but they just said NO, and would still not give a reason. Its really annoying.

Why don't they just give me a reason and tell me why my account was disabled.

erebel55(Posted 2014) [#5]
I just have never heard of anyone banning someone for life, it's cruel..

Time to change my default search engine and browser lol

...and email and phone

Wow google owns me

GfK(Posted 2014) [#6]
Google used to be very helpful when they wanted everybody to like them.

Now they got big, they don't give a crap.

Raul(Posted 2014) [#7]
one more reason to f$%$ them and move to another platform :)

Gerry Quinn(Posted 2014) [#8]
That seems very harsh. I would have thought in such circumstances you would be let off with a warning. Anyone trying to make money with illegitimate clicks would do it in a different way.

erebel55(Posted 2014) [#9]
Yeah it is ridiculous to me and has really gave me a bad taste for Google now. I expected a warning and for them to just zero out my account. Or even a temporary ban. But not a lifetime ban :(

Soap(Posted 2014) [#10]
They have to be harsh because there are professional criminals out there who do nothing but try to defraud systems, which makes it harder for everyone who is legitimate. You made a mistake. Live and learn, move on, and do better.

nikoniko(Posted 2014) [#11]
erebel55 wrote:
I just have never heard of anyone banning someone for life,

Try to register new account for your wife later...

erebel55(Posted 2014) [#12]
They will ban that account too. They say only one account per physical address and you cant create a new one through a family member/friend if yours is banned. The only workaround I have found is to create a LLC but even then it cant have any ties to my banned account.

Landon(Posted 2014) [#13]
Happened to my company, we had an employee who was in control of the social marketing padding clicks to make it look like what he was doing was generating more traffic, yea he got fired and we lost our adsense account. Never got it back. Just had to create a new one.

erebel55(Posted 2014) [#14]
You created a new one and that one didn't get disabled?

tiresius(Posted 2014) [#15]
How many clicks does it take to make $5 off of google?
And what is the proper way to test applications so ads&clicks "don't count" while in some development environment?

Now I'm worried to test out admob.

therevills(Posted 2014) [#16]
And what is the proper way to test applications so ads&clicks "don't count" while in some development environment?

By setting up the test account.

Gerry Quinn(Posted 2014) [#17]
Personally I would say just check that the ads are showing, and trust that if they are then the clicks will work You'll find out soon enough if they aren't, anyway.

There is a way of setting up test ads but it all seems quite complicated and probably is unnecessary.

AdamRedwoods(Posted 2014) [#18]
On hackernews, people sharing their stories about being banned.

my favorite:
Funny enough, I was able to dig up an old blog post by the AdSense team with my photo: There's me holding up a big chalkboard, two weeks before getting banned off their platform.

Nobuyuki(Posted 2014) [#19]
strangely relevant and timely

Edit: Guess I should do the research before peddling garbage tho

dragon(Posted 2014) [#20]
i found a app for android to get test device id:

Gerry Quinn(Posted 2014) [#21]
If you run your standard release version in the emulator on Windows there are working test ads.