And the standard responses are
- Sorry mate find another way to monetize your sites
- It is impossible to get your account back
- It is impossible to get moneys owed paid i.e the balance in the adsense account
- And similar answers
So it is with interest that I read this post at the Huffington post
The long and short of it is Aaron Greenspans bought a domain that was already getting traffic. Probably from backlinks built by previous owners. They proceeded to put put adsense ads on the domain with good results
And then ..bang.. the adsense account was banned
Now we often assume that when people have their adsense accounts banned it is because they are involved in some sort of black hat SEO. But these guys searched themselves and found they were not doing anything wrong. No black hat, no fraudulent clicks nothing.
So unlike the advice given to people in similar situation in the forums, they decided to chase this down
After several emails and phone calls and all what not, they decided to sue Google adsense for the money left in the adsense account, over $700. Which is not peanuts by any standard
The outcome? They won. The outstanding amount plus court costs were awarded
So a little glimmer of hope for those who have been banned by the adsense program and feel they have worked within the terms of service
What do you think?