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Thank Goodness You’ve Been Banned From Adsense

I am one of those individuals who cripplingly relied on Adsense to make money blogging. Things were a little bit smooth and going as planned till I woke up to an email saying that I have been banned from Google’s Adsense program.

You can’t imagine how hard it was to stomach such information.

I mean, you just woke up, prepared yourself and ready to go to your job only to receive a “don’t come to job today, you’re fired!” call !!  …Demoralizing right?.

I got totally confused at the glance of all this, I had just received my three payouts from Adsense and of course was planning how to increase my Adsense income goals.
This is the email I received…
 
Hello,

After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google's advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and
cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we've taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find
more information by visiting
http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team
 
I filled the appeal form immediately with hopes of accessing my account again. After a couple of hours, I received another email from them. This one was shocking even more.
These guys straight up told me that I had no chance of ever getting back into the program, and my account was permanently disabled. (I can relate this to some of those horrible bosses that can give you call in the middle of the night telling you not to come to job tomorrow)

Do you really need adsense in your blog?

A couple of months later, It dawned on me and everything started to make sense. You can’t believe it, but then, I now count myself to be lucky and blessed for being banned from Adsense.
I know you probably wondering what is there to merry, but check this out…
Here is what I realized and started counting my blessings.
  • I never click on Adsense Ads on other peopl’e sites, why should I expect others to click them anway?
  • I hate ads, especially those destructive ones that keep popping up each and every time. It is for this reason I have adblockers on my browser.
  • I barely made peanuts from Adsense
  • I can earn more money with less traffic by being an affiliate marketer
  • There are tons of alternatives to Adsense that I can use if I whatsoever need to place ads on my site
Another thing that I realized that made me regret even ever using Adsense is that the ads are linked to websites of my competitors.
That means that if one could click on the ads I placed on my site, they get redirected to another site – leaving mine.
Whatever services or goods they could purchase there, will give that person 10-50% commission (a couple of bucks depending on the product) while I get cents for the clicks.
Why would I struggle for months to build up a site and send my traffic to competitors’ sites anyway?

How about the ones who are not Affiliate Marketers?

Most people with blogs do not actively promote any product or service but rather use AdSense to earn
from the high traffic on their sites. But if Adsense bans you, no need to worry, there are tens of alternatives to Adsense, some of them I believe are pretty impressive.

Some Good Adsense Alternatives for Banned Adsense people

Chitika

The number one alternative I can recommend is Chitika. This site has received several mentions whenever people are talking about the AdSense alternatives. Personally, I have used them on my site for some time, and their returns were pretty good.  It is definitely a-must-check out.

Amazon Associates

This is an affiliate program, but it also provides ads option. Amazon associates are similarly strict, you might want to read their terms and conditions on how to use their services.

The Best Recommendation for you.

To be honest with you, a blog is not a get rich quick hustle, if you are a newbie with that mentality, it is high time you change your perspective. Starting as a blogger requires a lot of effort regarding SEO and Traffic.
  1. Placing a lot of ads on your site (exceedingly), especially the destructive ones as a way to compensate for less traffic will put off your readers considerably. Here is what I can suggest for you:Don’t put ads yet. As a newbie to blogging, consider spending your time in building the site, traffic and having it highly ranked on Google and other search engines. Once you start seeing few hundreds of visitors to the site on a daily basis, then you can go ahead and add one or two ads (no destructive ads).Join one of this trusted affiliate programs for newbies.
  2. Joining affiliate programs is quite easy, most of them are free to join, and you can use their ads on your site according to your preferences. After that, learn a bit about SEO and ways to market your blog to optimize your profits.
You should, however, understand that most people are blind to ads. That is why the CTR and daily earnings are terrible.
But if you want to make money quickly and for long, write informative content that will educate people about things and give them your Amazon purchase links. Why struggle writing thousands of articles while you can write few targeted articles and earn more from them?

My Two Cents

Getting banned from Adsense is not the worst nightmare, if you are a good marketer, then you should see it as a total blessing. Stop thinking about Adsense anymore, just sign up with the alternatives, or try your luck in affiliate marketing, and come back  share your story with us.
Have you been banned from adsense before? Share your experience in the comment box below

Article written by:

Omari Alex is the founder of Freelance Nuggets. Learn more about him in the "About" page and connect with him on any of these social media platforms.

  • Very true! When one door closes, two more open.

    • Hi Rhoda, sure. Thanks for passing by

  • If you are looking for an excellent contextual ad network, I recommend you take a look at Chitika.

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