Google Alleged Stolen Millions of Revenue from Adsense Publishers
Google banned their Adsense publisher without any reason is already well known. The banishment process usually started when Adsense publisher is ready to withdraw their earnings, and then suddenly Google sent an email notifying the publisher that their Adsense account had been disabled and all earning will be refund to advertisers, no further payment will be transfer to the publisher’s account. Publishers lost $10,000, $50,000 or even $100,000 in one day and one email letter, can you imagine the anger and frustration from the banned publishers?
According to source, the banning not only happen to small and new publisher but also Adsense publishers that had been with Google Adsense for more than 10 years (from Adsense started). Can you imagine building business with revenue stream around Adsense for more than a decade then suddenly got banned? and Appeal is 99% failed in 99% cases. They won’t consider a through out review of your Adsense account unless you are a famous and influence person that can put social and media pressure on Google.
The screenshot of nightmare began
In recent highlight, one company, Pubshare is suing Google for nearly $1 million in revenue it allegedly earned from Adsense ads, which Google refuse/unable to pay to the company since Google already banned Pubshare as Adsense publisher and refund the revenue to advertisers as Google claimed.
The company, Pubshare is owned by Peter Ogtanyan, according to a copy of his lawsuit filed in a California state court. Pubshare published humorous viral images for social media, such as “mind-blowing street art.” It used Google’s AdSense Program, which allows companies to run Google search ads on their site and gain revenue from them. He gained 300 million views and 1.5 million clicks via AdSense, and had a click-through rate of 0.45%, his suit claims. That traffic generated about $1 million between September and October 2013, the suit alleges, before Google sent him this notice saying it would not pay any of the money his ads had earned:
LAYOUT ENCOURAGES ACCIDENTAL CLICKS: Publishers are not permitted to encourage users to click on Google ads in any way. This includes any Complaint implementation that may encourage accidental clicks, such as placing ads near flash games or navigation bars, or placing ads and site links extremely close together.
Ogtanyan claims he ran his ads in the same format as those on Chacha.com, Dictionary.com, and Answers.com, which continue to run AdSense advertising.
“Allowing an AdSense publisher to accumulate hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings without any warnings of improper practices, and then abruptly refusing to pay out any of those earnings by means of auto-generated form e-mails is the very definition of bad faith,”
says Randy Gaw, a lawyer at the San Francisco firm Gaw Poe, which represents Ogtanyan.
In more than one case, Google staff told the publishers their sites were within Google’s AdSense rules — and then they were banned, losing their money. We collected these specific examples:
- A viral photo site, Pubshare.com, that lost nearly $1 million.
- A viral news site that lost $500,000.
- A business accelerator site that lost $200,000.
- A publisher who lost $300,000.
- A web-based text messaging site, MesTextos.com, that lost $46,000.
- A quiz site, QuizDee, that lost $35,000.
- An Indian storytelling site, Evrystry.com, that also lost $35,000
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