Let me tell you a story about How Google AdWords Screwed Me. In case you do not know what Google Adwords is, its a form of advertising program from Google. You can set up an ad to run, known as a campaign on the Google search network based on keywords. Have you ever typed in a search on Google and noticed that first there are ads displayed first on the page? See the picture below. These are ads relevant to your search based on your keyword phrase and you can see in the picture that Radio Shack is first in the list and they probably paid a pretty penny to get there. See you pay per click on these campaigns so if I click the Radio Shack ad, it may cost them (Radio Shack) $1.00 a click or more.
When I setup my hosting account with BlueHost they gave me $80 worth of AdWords Credit to use.
I have recently been using DropBox for my cloud storage for all my security cam uploads. (thats for another story)
DropBox gives you 2 gigs of free storage and if you refer others you can get increased storage for up to 8 gigs.
I recently read and article on Lifehacker.com that explained how you can use adwords to get more referrals.
I thought wow that’s a great idea and I have $80 in Google Ad Credit so why not!
Well I tried and it and Google kicked my in the nads! Not 1 day after I set up my campaigns, Google had this to say.
Your Google AdWords account has been permanently suspended for repeated violation of AdWords or Landing Page and Site policies in this or a related account.
So I contacted Google about this OVER THE PHONE!
The representative on the phone said that he saw nothing at all wrong with my account, and that he would escalate it to a higher level and that I would get an email within 24 hours.
All that Google had to offer me was this:
Thank you for your call last week regarding your account.
It has come to our attention that your Google AdWords account doesn’t
comply with our terms of service and advertising policies. As a result,
your account has been suspended, and your ads will no longer run on
We appreciate your cooperation.
The Google AdWords Team
So I replied saying they still didn’t tell me what I actually did wrong and that I combed over the terms and could find nothing wrong.
They replied once more with a sense of harshness this time.
Thank you for your continued patience during this process. Our specialists
have re-reviewed your accounts and have determined that our decision is
correct and final. As a result, your account, and any related accounts you
may have created, have been suspended, and your ads will no longer run on
– Our support team is unable to provide any further information on this
– Please refrain from creating additional AdWords accounts, as they will
be subject to the same suspension.
We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for your understanding.
The Google AdWords Team
At this point I am mad now. I did some searching and found that Google is doing this to many people and they are not happy about the non explanation for it.
I am going to try it again with a new account and see how far I get.
Meanwhile read this article to see what I wanted to do that many others are doing. Nothing at all wrong with this.
Google is just being an Asshole!