Has Google Closed Your Account Owing You Tens of Thousands?
Countless stories like yours are floating around the Internet, so you are not alone.
In fact, the exact phrase, “”After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your Adsense account poses a risk” returns 25,100 results, mostly of people complaining that their Adsense Account was shut down without warning or any kind of recourse. Wham! Take your money at a whim.
That phrase is the start of a notice that usually runs like this …
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.
We want Google to protect their advertisers!
But when a young temp working for Google can shut down a marketers account on a whim without recourse, that’s not justice — it’s bullying.
Google shuts down websites without notice or recourse because they can.
What are YOU going to do about it anyway?
A good friend of mine recently lost tens of thousands in dollars that Google owed him.
He had invested wisely in generating traffic and spent a good pile of his own money doing it, not to mention countless hours.
But, with a tightly worded notice, Google erased a payment due and said in effect, “We aren’t going to pay you.”
They don’t tell you what’s wrong, they don’t tell you how to fix it.
A lot of flagged click fraud might even be repeated clicking on an ad…. Which of course is totally out of the control of the publisher. Wouldn’t it be easy enough for Google to ONLY pay the publisher for the first click on an ad?
My friend was understandably upset.
Even more than the money, he was upset because he felt that Google was needlessly bullying countless people who were trying to do the right thing, but had no recourse, no one to talk to and who could be turned into financial ruin because someone decided to keep the money … and was big and powerful enough to make it stick.
So what should he do about it?
Fighting Google is a tough up-hill battle and my friend is getting two kinds of advice. One of them is “get the bastards”, and the other is “forget it and move on”.
My friend is really torn right now.
On one hand he would like to see people band together to fight …
On the other, is it really worth it?
It’s a long hard tough, expensive road to fight them – which is exactly why they think they can get away with it.
Most entrepreneurs have a limited amount of time and maybe the question is, “What can I do with the limited amount of time and resources I have to have the biggest impact on the most people?”
Answer that one and you will be on your way to making the right decisions.
What do you think my friend should do?
Class Action Lawsuit Anyone?
All the best,