It all started so innocently. A couple of years ago I signed up for Google AdSense. It looked like a fair deal. I was working with a legitimate company—not a fly by night operation—so I figured that I didn’t have anything to lose. I won’t say that the money started rolling in. It didn’t. The checks were barely worth the postage, so I asked Google to hold onto my meager earnings and I started a Google savings account. It was my piggy bank. I was keeping that money there for a rainy day.
Many months passed. Then one day I really needed the cash. I’ll spare you the details, but I tried logging into my Google AdSense account. My account was closed and my money was gone. This is what I found instead:
While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our advertisers in the future, we’ve decided to disable your account. Please understand that we consider this a necessary step to protect the interests of both our advertisers and our other AdSense publishers. We realize the inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions about your account or the actions we’ve taken, please do not reply to this email. You can find more information by visiting: http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.
Sincerely, The Google AdSense Team
I posed a SIGNIFICANT RISK to their AdWords advertisers? Apparently the AdSense Team shut me down and sacked my savings account because they think that I, Motherjonesrn, a nurse who can barely operate the camera on my iPhone, am a high tech guru Internet terrorist who is out to screw over Google. I wanted to learn more about this insanity, so I Googled the term “Google AdSense, significant risk.” Bingo! Google is screwing bloggers out of hundreds of millions of dollars, and the lawsuits are stacking up. At least I’m in good company.
Here’s some advice. Never trust Google, they’re thieves, and boycott Google AdSense. And Google AdSense Team, just remember that Karma is a bitch. You’ve been warned.