Yesterday I switched to a three-column blog. It is a move I have been thinking over for a while and one that I like. I am still considering switching to this background, but that's a whole other story. Yesterday afternoon, I checked my Adsense reporting to see how many people had visited my new-and-improved blog. My heart sank as I saw a red lettered message saying my account had been disabled.
I looked into it, and it wasn't someone hacking into my account again. I actually think it was the opposite of hate, but love that caused my Adsense account to be disabled. It is my suspicion that a kind reader may have been over-clicking to help my revenue. If someone did that, that was kind, and I'm not mad. I've clicked on ads just because I like the blog or site, too.
I do think Adsense is sleazy for disabling my account a week before cutting me my first check. If I had known that would happen, I would never have used their ads. Needless to say, they were fine with me leaving the ads on my site without having notified me of my account being disabled. I have taken the ads down and will not offer Adsense further free advertisements.
I did not click. I did not ask others to click. I followed their rules.
I appealed the decision and was replied to pretty quickly, with them saying, "We've re-confirmed that your account poses a significant risk to our advertisers." I guess that a blog that discourages frivolous spending and over consumption really is a threat to their advertisers.
However, it was always my intention to monetize this blog. I am going to play around with other advertising options and I want honest feedback. I don't want anyone to feel like different advertising makes this a less reader-friendly site. I am happy when I see this blog making me money, but I am even happier when I hear that my blog is making a difference in someone else's life. So, honest feedback about any advertisements I try out would be appreciated.
To other bloggers who are worried Adsense may do the same to you, I wouldn't be. My blog grew suspiciously fast, or at least it looks suspicious to Adsense. When I find a replacement means of advertising I like, I'll recommend it.