Google Adsense is a very popular way to monetize with a website or on YouTube. For some people, it is the only way they make money online. I’m one of those persons. I don’t have any merchandise to sell online and I don’t charge for my videos. So Adsense is my only source of income from my cartoons and my website.
Now, we all make mistakes. I made one, and I learned from it. I hope to share my mistake with everyone else in hope that they learn from my mistake as well.
Google Adsense has a strick policy against “click fraud” or basically clicking your own ads or getting others to click on the ads for you. Now Google won’t notice just a few clicks here and there! WRONG! Google is smart. They have their ways. Here’s how i know:
I went to school 2 days a week. On Tuesday and on Thursday. About once a week, on a school computer, i would go to my website and click on an ad. Then i’d go to another page and click on another ad. I assumed that just a few clicks a week wouldn’t be too obvious. Also, when i went to friends houses, i would go to my website on their computer and click on an ad once or twice. I mean come on, we’re in rough times, i was just trying to get a couple cents. Bad Idea! I kept my payment on hold. My Income on Adsense was very, very slow. I would only make about $5-10 a month, if that. And that’s with my clicks. So finally i reached around $150 on my adsense account. I was broke, so i decided to cash in on it. About a week later my Adsense Account had been suspended. They said it was due to invalid clicks or “click fraud.” Busted! Why would Google, a multi-million dollar company even look into a balance of $150? But needless to say, I didn’t see a dime of the $150. They closed my account and now i can never open one back up. That’s right. Never! So, lesson learned. Google knows what they are doing! Who would of thought?!
There are still other advertisement companies (Adsense Alternatives) out there. So if you get banned from adsense check out these:
I haven’t looked into any of these except for adbrite. Adbrite seems to work exactly like Adsense. You can even use adbrite along with adsense. Plug in you adsense code (or anyother ad host code) into your adbrite account, and post your adbrite ad on your site. Adbrite will post whichever ad gets you the most money $$$$ The only downfall to other ad companies is that Google owns adsense and Youtube, so therefore, you can only post adsense ads on your youtube videos.