I have discovered the hard way that Google doesn't like it if you click on ads on your own site.

Perhaps I am naïve but I would have thought they would have systems in place to ignore such clicks.

As the host of ads from companies I have no dealings with or have never heard of, it seems natural that I might wish to see a bit more about them, what they're offering etc. It only seems natural that I might want to have an idea of what I am in fact advertising and promoting on my site.

I recently set out to find out more about the companies I was promoting and I clicked on all the ads on my site.

Uh oh! Alarms bells certainly rang somewhere.

Within a few days, I tried to login to Google AdSense only to discover that I had been blocked with no notice, warning, or explanation. Just the rather unhelpful and unfriendly message above.

I promptly followed up with an email to their support team. To be honest, I wasn't holding my breath for a reply but I did eventually get one: a computer-generated response saying they were looking into my case.

Then nothing. For a good month or more.

And finally, after submitting my query again, another computer-generated response to say they've reviewed my case and they had this to say:

Hello,

Thanks for providing us with additional information. However, after thoroughly reviewing your account data and taking your feedback into consideration, we've re-confirmed that your account poses a significant risk to our advertisers. For this reason, we're unable to reinstate your account. Thank you for your understanding.

As a reminder, if you have any questions about your account or the actions we've taken, please do not reply to this email. You can find more information by visiting
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

"Thank you for your unerstanding." Great. I'm not sure I do understand. In fact, I don't!

There must be ways to disregard such click activity.

I'm pretty annoyed by the lack of communication, the lack of any personal response and the lack of explanation.

Banned. No alternative. And, to cap it off, the money in my AdSense account is never to be seen again. Sure, it wasn't a large amount of money (around $25) but it's the principle. I wonder how much Google makes from closed accounts. Presumably the advertisers have still paid that money but nobody ever received it!

So, for those of you who thought it might be cool to check out what you're advertising on your site. Don't.