The last weeks have been a real nightmare. After I got banned from AdWords, my business came to a standstill. I was under so much pressure I even had to take some antidepressant drugs. I spend two years of my life building this company.
I spend two years of my life building this company; suddenly from one day to the other I was facing the serious threat of losing my business for ever, because AdWords suspended me.
I tried to open new Adwords accounts about 6 times. Based on my online research in all different kind of forums I deleted my cookies, used new credit cards and changed my name. Every time I completed the registration, I was monitoring the status of my ads all the time. However, they Ads just would not show even after a couple of days. I contacted AdWords support , and they just explained to me in a short email that my account has been suspended indefinitely, without going into any details. How cruel is that? Adwords bans accounts, without even telling you.
I did a lot of research online how to get back on Adwords, I also read different eBooks that promised to offer a solution for AdWords Banned customers. However, the author of ‘Adwords Ghost’ Peter Bergmann seems to understand the technology AdWords is using to ban customers best.
My AdWords ban situation was very unique. I was surprised by the level of support the Author of this guide gave me. It never took him longer than 12 hours to reply my emails. I thought I would never be able again to advertise on Google again, I could almost not believe when my Ads were live again.
I think the solution will only work for people who really fallow this guide step by step. If you leave one step out, you will get banned again.
The only negative thing would be the price. However, I am back in business so the investment I did with ‘Adwords Ghost‘ definitely paid off.
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I am renting out several condos to holiday-makers in Thailand. I started that business around 4 years ago. I always got the most profitable and highest paying tenants using AdWords. Last month AdWords banned my account.
I am still able to find tenants via different online booking websites, but competition on those sites is pretty stiff. More >
I was a Vietnamese AdWords user until they decided to cancel my account. I sold on my site an invitation letter tourists need to enter Vietnam with a Visa On Arrival. It’s a very competitive niche. if you search for Vietnamese Visa on Arrival in Google you will see ads all over the place.
Donald saw the last time an office from the inside in 2006. Ever since did he work online for himself in all different kind of coffee shops from Cambodia to Tuvalu Islands. He started to get into serious trouble when AdWords Banned his account of the blue.
Oliver: Nice to meet you Donald, how are you?
Donald: I am really suffering. Since Adwords banned my account I am suffering from sleeplessness, depression, fear I might never be able to get my business back. This must be the worst crises I ever experienced in my life. This ban to advertise on Google made my doctor describe me very strong antidepressants drugs, so I can deal with all the stress. More >
We sell all kind of computer and camera accessories online. We import goods from China and sell them here in the states. I started this business back in 2002 with a friend of mine. We have almost 100 employees in our back office as well warehouse.
You can imagine we spend a lot of money every month on Advertisement with AdWords. We actually even have a dedicated Adwords sales manager who is taking care of our account. More >
A lot of friends who know the horror stories I experienced with Adwords always like to ask me, do you hate Adwords? The answer is yes and no. As long as you can use Adwords and you not get in trouble with the department suspending accounts it’s the best place to advertise on the planet.
It is not cheap, but still the return on investment is just amazing. I tried to use Facebook, Bing and Yahoo as an alternative for Adwords, without any success. The issue with Facebook is people are not looking or searching for information, they mind is focused on interacting with their friends or playing games. So it is very hard to sell to people who are not searching for anything.
Yahoo and Bing even combined don’t get enough traffic to even be considered a competitive force to our all mighty God of the internet Big G.
I am a big believer in the free market. I hate monopolies, but unfortunately online advertisement is owned by Adwords. People are just so used to use Google to find stuff on the internet. It’s very difficult to break this habit. However, there is hope. If Facebook manages to turn some of its 1 billion users to use the search feature of FB, Google and Adwords could get serious competition. Mark Zuckerberg should change the user interface of FB in a way which stops people leaving FB and going to Google to search.
FB search is powered by Bing, and my impression is that the search results delivered by Bing are now actually allot better than what Google is showing on its search result page. More >
During my last month’s summer vocation in South East Asia, I met a lot of guys making their living online and living in exotic countries such as e.g. Indonesia, Philippines or even Singapore. It’s a quite smart move, as they all earn their money in us dollars.
However, the living costs in those countries are very cheap. I remember, when I stayed in Indonesia last month, I could get a very nice local dinner for 1 usd. People in South East Asia working in a 7-11 shop maybe make about 200 usd a month and live a decent life, if you are earning let’s say 1000 usd online you can live like a king.
I really kind of envy the kind of lifestyle those western people are having there. Beautiful beaches, all year round warm weather, amazingly delicious food.
I read the ’4 Hour Work Week’ from Timothy Ferriss last year. I was very impressed, actually meeting people living the 4 hour work for real.
I run an ecommerce business; I am selling all different kind of fashion accessories online. I am working now on a step by step plan how to outsource the whole product fulfillment to warehouse and finally being able to spend more time abroad, exploring new countries and cultures.
Are you living the ’4 Hour Work Week’? Share your experience, add a comment below.
In this article I will discuss 3 major Advertisement platforms which could be seen as substitute to Adwords, after you have been banned. I tested them on my own business, the results may vary depending on your niche.
What I really like about Microsoft AdCenter is their control panel, which is very logically structured and easy to use. I also had contact with their customer service department via phone. I was surprised by the well trained customer service agent, and level of customer service delivered. You can feel they really try hard to win customers over from Adwords.
I am using them for 4 weeks now. They traffic they deliver is good and converts well, similar to what I used to experience with Adwords before they banned my account.
The only issue is that Adwords was able to deliver about 100 visitors to my page a day, compared to Microsoft Adcenter I am getting 7 – 10 hits. It should not be a surprise as the market share of bing.com is still very small.
I liked the idea of “targeted” ads, as Facebook gives you the option to choose age, language, location, level of education etc. It took about 24 hours to approve my Ad, which is not very fast, however, if this Ads delivers sales, who cares.
After 1 week, my “free” Facebook advertisement credit came to an end. I made about 1 sale which originated from Facebook. Quality of traffic, very low. My conversation rate was about 2%, compared to 20% before I got banned from all time favorite Adwords. If I would test different Ads I maybe could improve the conversations. Again Facebook only delivered 30 hits in an entire week. Those numbers are so far away from what I am used from Adwords, it just does not make any economically sense to do any fine tuning. People on Facebook are not searching for specif information, they are more in a ‘information consuming’ mood. That might explain the low click through rates and low conversations.
You might be able to make Facebook Ads work for your specif niche. However, it did not work for me. After beeing adwords banned, this is definitely not the kind of ‘alternative’ I was looking for.
I using Yahoo for some time, before simultaneously with Adwords before they banned me. The issue is the same as with all other above advertisement platforms, the volume of visitors they deliver is just to low to really to qualify as an alternative.
After I tested all those “alternatives” to Adwords, unfortunately I have to conclude, there is NO real alternative. If Adwords also banned you, the only way to continue your business is to get a new working account.
I own a small internet dating website, we promote our business with Google Adwords. Google Adwords banned my Adwords account 2 days ago. I tried to contact Google Adwords via email, I am very disappointed as they only send me some pre-written emails without any specific reason why I got banned.
Adwords Banned Customer are treated like outcast. They are acting in such an unethical manner. There are 6 people working in our small office. It is very questionable if we can continue operating this small business, if we are not able to reverse the Google Adwords Banned verdict, we will have to close this company. I was looking for alternatives to Google Adwords after we got banned, it did not take me long to realize there is no substitute for Adwords.
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Google Adwords controls 80% of PPC advertisement online, the chances are very slim that this Google monopoly will be destroyed anytime soon. If any company would deal with clients as Adwords does, they would have to deal with a lot of lawsuits. The only difference that make the Google story even worse, there is no substitute for Adwords.
If your business only relies on Google Adwords traffic, be careful. Google Adwords Banned Accounts without any warning. I learned this lesson, when it was already to late. Last week I was researching every day how to get back on Adwords after being banned, yesterday I opened a new Adwords account. However, my new account was linked to my old banned Adwords account. I am sure there must be a way to get back on Adwords after being banned, I will continue looking for a solution.
If you have been banned from Adwords as well, share you Adwords experience with us below.
I did some research in different online forums and it was shocking to read all those horror stories people were experiencing with Google and how they got their Adwords account disabled. One Adwords disabled horror story that really got me came from a good friend of mine (Bob), he owns an e-commerce business selling perfumes.
Last year suddenly he got Adwords disabled. Bob has a wife and one 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son who just started school.
Bob used to make a decent money with his business, however, being Adwords disabled, did not only destroy his business but also is jeopardizing the future of his family.
After Bob got Adwords disabled, he was forced to find a new job. He is working now as ‘Customer Service Representative’ for a UK tour operator. He barley makes more than $1400 after taxes. His wife stays at home to take care the 5 year old daughter. Adwords banned means they can not afford to go out for dinner, go on holiday or even own a car.
What Adwords and Google don’t seem to understand, that their decision to ban someone changes lives for the worse. Adwords banned means people loose their businesses, their jobs and their lively-hood.
As Adwords own a virtual monopoly on online advertisement they need to introduce some kind of process to offer Adwords customer who were banned to reappeal this decision. There has to be a fair and independent entity who controls the process. Adwords disabled means to many people, their financial existence is being destroyed. It time to end this cruel and evil behavior by Google when the randomly ban Adwords accounts.