Tuesday, July 5, 2016

AdSense Account Cancelled!

UPDATE: According to staff, yes, this is real. Please see this thread in the forum.

Just a quick note to let you know that we seem to be flooded in the forums with publishers that have
received a notice saying their AdSense account was cancelled and they'll receive their payment in the next payment cycle.

Is this for real? At the moment, we aren't sure what's happening. There are differences in some of the notifications and some of the situations.

  • Some publishers are still able to login to their AdSense accounts and have no problems within the account.
  • Some publishers are unable to login to their accounts at all.
  • Some people are not AdSense publishers and have never had an AdSense account, nor signed up for one.

Because this a holiday week in the US, it may take a little while before we have a response from staff. There is an ongoing thread in the forum for publishers to post in if they have received one of these notices (please don't start a new thread - use the open one instead). If you post in the thread please include the following information:

  1. The exact wording of the message you received, and if possible, include complete headers.
  2. Whether you can or cannot login to your Adsense account.
  3. Whether or not there are messages in your account if you can login, and if you can't, what the message on the login page says.
  4. If you have ads on a website/blog, include whether or not ads are showing still.
  5. If you do not now, and never have had an AdSense account, please state that.
For those of you that have never had (and never applied) for an AdSense account, there are a few things you can check. If you have children or a brother/sister who is under 18 and uses YouTube to upload videos, please ask them if they have ever applied using your email address. People under 18 can't sign up for AdSense, and many youngsters will try to sign up with a parental email address, without permission. Also check with your spouse or partner to make they haven't used your email to sign up. Then there are friends and neighbours - you might ask them as well.

If you haven't ever signed up for AdSense, they wouldn't have your email address to send you a notice.

For now, we're probably as confused as the publishers receiving these notices but just hang-tight. Once we get a response to staff, it will be posted in the forum, and I'll update this topic.

posted by J. Gracey Stinson


  1. Replies
    1. No, not yet Jas. It may be a few days yet. Yesterday was a big holiday in the US, and right now (9:00am my time) it's still 6:00 am in Googleland :)

  2. Hay I love this site. Any news yet?

    1. The only news is what is posted in the forum under the UPDATE at the top of the page. Nothing since. AdSense is unlikely to share much more about it than what they have. It's an odd thing to have happened since it normally takes years of inactivity before they close an account for that reason, so to have a bunch all at once is something new.

      With reference to your other comment ... didn't you read my notice? If you include links to your site in your comments, they'll be deleted (normally, you Google ID leads to your G+ page which can have your link on it). So your other comment wasn't published, but I'll answer your question here.

      Currently that blog isn't suitable for AdSense. It would probably be rejected, for several reasons.

      - pages with only affiliate links aren't suitable.
      - affiliates like HitLeap cause invalid traffic, so also not suitable to have in a blog bearing AdSense ads.

      This (below in quotes) would also not be suitable for AdSense, nor really for YouTube since it too would cause invalid traffic for YT publishers.

      "If you are looking to buy YouTube views, you came to the right place. We can help you boost your videos on YouTube, get more views and improve your ranking and visibility. Our team consists of YouTube marketing experts with over 4 years of experience in this field."

      Have a look through the AdSense forum. Many YT pubs say they earn hundreds of dollars in a month, but verified earnings (ie: earnings AdSense considers valid) amount to less than $100 ... that's often because they use methods of getting traffic that aren't suitable. Lots of them sign up for various promotional sites that offer "real" traffic, but often that traffic is either paid for, or is made in exchange for visits to the other person's site. Organic traffic is usually what pays the best.

      Providing services to YouTubers that can cause problems for them isn't a good thing, whether it's monetized or not.

      I wouldn't suggest even considering AdSense for your blog, and if it were my blog, I'd reconsider what sort of content I actually want to share with others.

      Affiliate links are fine if the product doesn't violate AdSense content policies, but in order to use an affiliate link, you should actually have a decent article that goes with it, rather than setting them out on individual pages.

      There are alternatives to AdSense. Maybe look at Media.net or MadAds Media (CPM ads).


Please do not drop links here using monetized URL shorteners or the comments will be marked as spam.

If you want help with an actual blog or website, please just post for help in the Adsense forum, or leave your G+ profile link. I will not publish comments with blog/website or channel links.