So it's been six days since Google disabled my AdSense account without warning, and 48 hours since I filled out their response form. I've heard nothing from them in that time. Based on a comment on my original post, I started digging around to see what other folks were running into, and found adsenseaccountdisabled.org, a site that has some more information on these occurrences, and forums for those that have been hit by it. Apparently, based on the text of the email I received, I've been flagged for violating their T&C for landing pages. Of course, this is all news to me, as I haven't made any changes to any ads on any sites in four months, and prior to that, in almost a year. Again, I'm completely flummoxed as to why they would have disabled my account.
adsenseaccountdisabled.org doesn't paint a rosy picture of the future, either:
Can I rejoin AdSense?
The short answer is “No, never as yourself again”. Google made it clear in the Disabled Account FAQ,
We understand your concern about the actions taken against your account. Please know that our actions are the result of careful investigation by our team of dedicated specialists, taking into account the interests of our advertisers, publishers, and users. Though you may be disappointed with our decision, we are unable to reinstate your account.
Please also note that publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed any further participation in AdSense. For this reason, these publishers may not open new accounts.
So apparently, there's little to no recourse.
So let's open this up. Google, please tell me why you disabled my account. If you're feeling generous, tell me why there seems to be a growing number of people using your service that suddenly find themselves in the same boat. You must have some justification for your actions, so let's hear it. Give me at least an inkling of why you chose to do this -- some proof, some information, something to explain this. I know that I haven't done anything overt or covert, and from reading the T&C, I'm reasonably sure that I haven't violated any of the terms. If somehow there is a problem with a site I have, let me know, and I'll be more than happy to fix it.
This is all small potatoes -- these sites generate maybe $10-$20 a month in ad revenue collectively -- but it's the principle that's important. Google has every right to deny service to whomever they choose, but generally speaking, they should tell them why, and give them a fair chance to respond. Instead, they appear to be using a zero-tolerance policy coupled with mandatory capital punishment.
I'm all ears.