I applied for +Google AdSense for the second time this year (the first time I was also denied) and received a reply saying that my +I Love Social Media, Inc. +Blogger account had been "disapproved." Having heard about people's accounts being wrongfully flagged and disabled for copyright issues, and not seeing or understanding any logical reason behind the denial, I started researching for an explanation.
I clicked on the "Learn more" link which stated that my "Ads or Account" had been "disabled. Upon seeing this I was not only just frustrated but now angry. "Disabled?" "Invalid activity?" What on earth and why? How?? Who??? When was it ever instated??
I scanned around this page reading all this stuff that didn't pertain to my situation or account and then finally saw half way down the page under "Why was my account disabled? Can you tell me more about the invalid click activity you detected?" a link to "top reasons for account closure." Not really sure why it had the reasons for "closure" listed under the "disabled" section, I clicked on it anyway searching for the answer and this is what it said:
Now this was further alarming and infuriating. What were they talking about? I have never seen an ad on my account and to my knowledge it had never been set up, so how could that be possible? I certainly never clicked on any ads. Nor did I have anything to do with any bot activity on my account. Could someone else running a bot machine sabatoge my +Google AdSense application? I hadn't done any of these things so I realized that this clearly did not pertain to me.
Why did +Google AdSense and Google not just take me directly to the specific information about my account? Why were they wasting my time? Why didn't they specifically tell me what was up in the email that they sent me? Even though clearly this was an automated response, Google is better than this. Instead the email gave me completely conflicting information than that which +Blogger was stating here. This is what I was told in the email response:
All of a sudden I began to feel like I was at the +Department of Motor Vehicles. Oh but wait, they are even better than all this nonsense! Was it "insufficient content" or was it because of supposed "invalid activity?" I have 9 blog posts with over 10's of 1,000's of words, pictures, links, videos, all pertaining to technology, Google and +Google Glass, enough to get over 15,000 views, so how could that be "insufficient content?" The more I read the more confused I became.
The only possible relevant bullet point is:
- Place the ad code on a live page of your website. It does not have to be the main page, but test pages that are empty except for the AdSense ad code will not be approved.
What on earth was this talking about though? Didn't I have to be approved before I could place some code on my +Blogger account? Was this just a #UX problem? Had they not prompted me to do that first before I applied for +Google AdSense? I didn't see any code anywhere, just the option to apply.
So I started doing what I do and set out to find the right people to speak with at Google. I went to +Twitter and +LinkedIn and started searching for those who work on +Google AdSense with whom I share a few mutual connections. I found two people - +Bryan Vu and +Zak Mandhro - and sent them a personalized invitation to connect explaining my problem and asking to speak further. I also found them on Twitter and followed them there. Twelve hours later, no response.
Anyhow, if my blog is for some reason insufficient in content here is some more for Google. Still searching for answers and hoping to be an approved +Google AdSense partner someday.