10 Simple Ways to Protect Your Google AdSense Account
Google AdSense is of one of the highest paying ad networks which enable publishers to serve highly contextual ads on their blogs and websites. Ads being extremely targeted can lead to invalid CTR (click through rate) and good earnings. As a result immensely large number of publishers has joined the AdSense network.
With so many advantages, few disadvantages come along the way. AdSense has basically no official support to help their publishers and they are inordinately strict about polices and disables account for any small violation. Publishers are responsible for all the activity on their site. Any kind of "invalid activity" makes the Bot to raise the red flag and account is disabled. when the account gets disabled there are very slim chances that you can get it back again. It such situation, it becomes inevitable to understand the factors that leads to disabled account and ways how to protect it at all cost. So here are the top 10 methods to protect your AdSense account.
Don't click your own ads
Few publishers click their own ads to earn money. Google has a very sophisticated mechanism which tracks the clicks made to any site. If you get clicks from some specific source or in some typical pattern your account would get disabled. So please don't click your own ads.
Use AdBlocker plugin to prevent clicking your own ads by mistake
I have seen many people reporting at AdSense Help forum that they clicked their Ads by mistake. Google will understands that we are humans and mistake can happen. But they have very less threshold for any clicks due to "mistakes". Use AdBlocker on your computer to prevent yourself from clicking Ads.
Friends and relatives
Relations are the essence of life. We all have a few well wishers who want to see us successful and try to help us in all possible way. They try to "help" us to earn more by clicking on our adverts. But they don't know that Google will track this and close the account. More accounts normally get disabled due to "well wishers" rather than click bombs or click frauds.
Avoid social networks traffic
Social Networks can help you promote your site very well and gain insane popularity and traffic. But this traffic is not organic in nature, at least in eyes of Google. When you get excessive traffic from social networks in proportion to the traffic from search engines your account can get in trouble. Use social networks sparingly. Traffic from the search engines is healthy and one should try to get traffic from them
Keep check on the words you use
AdSense does not allow publishers to place ads on the website that has content with profanity or swearing words. At same time, English being such a dynamic language, few words have multiple shades. For instance word "naked" has two meanings. It means "without clothes" and it also means "bare". Google has not given any exhaustive list of words that they consider not good. Furthermore Google bots probably cannot understand the word in context. Bots are incredibly stupid. So they make disable the account is they see a word like n a k e d. For instance I have a site where I try to promote non violence. If I say "Our life is given to us by god. How can one human gun down another?" Bot won't understand the tone of my voice or the context in which word "gun" is used. This can create trouble for your account.
Content should be Family safe
This policy has always been a matter of confusion. Some people interpret this as the disallowing of pornographic content. But I would press hard on the words "family safe". Effectively it means that any content that a person cannot see comfortably with parents and five-year old boy is not fit for AdSense.
Avoid excessive use of Ads
Google always give emphasis on great user experience. A website plastered with Ads provides poor use experience. One should not put ads within the content. Not more than 30% of the space should have ads.
Few publishers put ads on their YouTube videos. i am aware that YouTube helps us a lot to establish overselves on web, but it fails to provide certain tools that we need to protect our AdSense account. Usually we keep sharing option ON expecting people to share videos to gain more views. But this makes impossible for us to control where our videos appear. If you see AdSense violation reporting page, you would know that they consider the surrounding of the website where videos are appearing. So this can put your account is trouble.
Third-party widgets and templates for website
I know that all the bloggers do not have technical knowledge about web design. They inevitably have to use third-party tools to get started. But use such tools from reliable sources only. You never know what is the coding done behind that attractive template. This can get your site and AdSense account is real trouble.
Use Google Analytics
Monitor your site stats and see the activity. when you find any suspicious activity report it to Google. You may want to block certain IPs from accessing your site. Remove any ads from your site if you find any thing not inline to protect advertiser's interest and your account.