Websites getting suspended in adwords for odd reasons
Now I'm sure a lot of you know what Google Adwords is, but did you know that they will ban your website for almost anything and it could be a super simple fix? Earlier this week I launched a new website and I instantly put it on adwords so I could make a few additional sales right off the bat, but after a day of advertising I noticed that my traffic dropped to almost nothing. I looked at my Adwords account and noticed that the domain I was advertising had been suspended for unethical and misleading reasons. So what did I do to get Google so upset with my website? I simply linked to a HuffingtonPost article about my website and used the HuffPost logo as a hyper link on my page. I guess this is a big NO NO when it comes to advertising on Adwords, even though a ton of the big corporations will do the same thing. I mean, it's not like I was just using logos for no reason, I was actually using them as links to content about my own website lol.
So after fixing that little "mistake" I then got in contact with someone at Google because again, my website was still suspended for misleading and unethical reasons. I quickly found out that they don't want to see anything related to social media or memberships being sold through a website. Even through I didn't mention anything about a specific social media platform, I was still under suspension for saying "Social Media Shares" as a part of our service. So I removed that as well and resubmitted my website for review, as well as for them to review my ads just to be super sure I wasn't going to be suspended again.
P.S. I didn't sell any type of memberships on my website, so I'm not sure what they were referring to
After about 36 hours I got an email saying that my account is now in good standing with Google Adwords and I can continue to use their advertising platform for my website. I was actually shocked when I got this email because I've read horror stories about websites getting suspended and then the account getting banned entirely. So I was walking on eggshells and editing any content that could be considered misleading or "unethical" lol. I was pretty shocked that Adwords responded so quickly, maybe they had pushed my review to the top because I had submitted it twice, maybe they didn't have many submissions during that time or maybe they just increased the team size so they could handle more requests in a shorter period of time. It's hard to tell lol.
Another reason I thought my domain wasn't going to be granted freedom was because the website was selling SEO and Backlinking services. Once it was suspended, I didn't think it was coming back at all and I'd have to start from scratch But luckily I was granted freedom and my ads would start showing in 24 hours after the switch.
Back in the day I heard plenty of horror stories of Adwords just banning accounts because of keyword lists that someone was targeting. The persons website was pretty plain and didn't have many images, but it had a lot of content (which is what Google is suppose to like, right?). They added some additional keywords a few weeks after their acceptance in Google Adwords and BAM! their account was banned for no reason at all. They skipped the suspension stage, didn't collect $200 and went right to Adwords jail. I have read a few articles within the last 12 months that states Adwords is more lenient that back in the day when it comes to suspending and banning accounts. They won't just drop the ban hammer if you mess up because they know everyone isn't fully aware of the policies that Google has when it comes to advertising your website. I mean, back in the day they were pretty heavy with the hammer and would ban almost anyone they wanted. They were the judge, jury and executioner so they had ultimate power. Well, they still have ultimate power but they are nicer to the little guys
Have you ever been on Adwords and gotten banned or suspended for a random reason you didn't think was a problem?