A blog about the art of cyber-jutsu: information security as a martial art.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Google AdSense Account Disabled
Some of you may have noticed that the cyber-justsu dojo walls seem a little bare. The Google Advertisements are missing.
Google has disabled our AdSense account.
In an email, they have asserted that our "AdSense account has posed a significant risk to [their] AdWords advertisers".
This would appear to happen frequently enough, that they have a FAQ established to provide more information.
From the FAQ:
"Because we have a need to protect our proprietary detection system, we're unable to provide our publishers with any information about their account activity, including any web pages, users, or third-party services that may have been involved.
As you may know, Google treats invalid click activity very seriously, analyzing all clicks and impressions to determine whether they fit a pattern of use that may artificially drive up an advertiser's costs or a publisher's earnings. If we determine that an AdSense account may pose a risk to our AdWords advertisers, we may disable that account to protect our advertisers' interests.
Lastly, please note that as outlined in our Terms and Conditions, Google will use its sole discretion when determining instances of invalid click activity."
So, we really have no idea why our account was disabled. If any of our readers have been randomly or blindly clicking on advertisements, you have not helped us. In fact, you may have shut down what might have been a great source of passive income for our blogs.
We have petitioned google to reinstate our account. If that happens, I encourage you all to only click on advertisements which are of interest to you. Don't be afraid to click on advertisements, that is why they are there - but please refrain from just clicking because you know it is generating revenue for us.
I don't usually cross-post between these blogs - but I will put this message on all of the blogs.