Google and Facebook Bitch Handed Me!

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If you have been following my twitter account, you will notice my Google Adwords account and Facebook Ads account are basically obsolete. These are one of the 2 best traffic sources to have in your traffic arsenal. They produce the highest volume of traffic and the best conversions.

But what do you do if both traffic sources do not want you anymore? What happens if your main traffic source decides to just shut you down? I personally was piss at this issue. Especially since this happened simultaneously (Google first, the next day Facebook – really?). I wouldn’t expect being slapped back to back, gah.

Wonder if Google called Facebook.

So now what do I do? It is a good thing I run traffic everywhere, but my biggest volume are from these 2. My goal now is to find more traffic sources and scale higher. One source of traffic I can utilize more is contextual traffic via PPV. I am going to start pushing more traffic to PPV networks and test them. I will probably do more CPM/CPC buys with other networks such as Pulse360 or similar networks.

Maybe I will start to utilize tier 2 search engines more and use Yahoo and Bing more. I was never a fan of tier 2 search engines 2 years ago, they didn’t produce the results Google did.

This goes to show you to not put all your eggs in one basket, especially traffic sources. But there are a lot of traffic sources out there. I have tested several, maybe I will utilize Reddit again, or maybe push more on Myspace Ads?

Maybe I will start doing SEO? …such a long wait…

There are a lot of ways to utilize the online traffic sources. I started to re test out Sponsored Tweets again for my niche site and even started buying more social traffic through a service. There is just way too much traffic to utilize online but it is the demographic and understanding how the traffic function with your offers and landers.

It took me a while to understand how Google users act, the same it did for me when I tested out Facebook 2 years ago. I have been acustomed to their traffic sources. Guess it pays not to be comfortable with a traffic source.

So far I have been adjusting my traffic and offers. I started testing a new contextual network yesterday and so far it is ergh. I have to figure out the traffic a bit more and see how I can utilize it to my advantage.

In any case I am not annoyed I have to adjust to the situation I am currently in…

  • What did you do to get yourself banned Ian? Were you pushing rebills?

  • Ian

    @fong
    I havent touch rebills since last year… so I am uncertain to what happened with Google

  • I’m wondering the same thing as Mister Fong – what did you do so we can watch out?

  • Sorry to hear that Ian. I know how you feel kind of – I was banned by Google in 2007 after creating my first campaign (not even a rebill) and haven’t been back since.

    Let me be the first to tell you that you can still make money online without Google!

  • Sorry to hear that man. I don’t know how you will replace Google!!

    Good luck

  • Chad

    Sorry to hear about that Ian. I was recently banned from Google as well after 5 years of running solid traffic with them. I can feel the pain of having a major traffic source banned — I’ve certainly been there.

  • Sorry to hear that man. I don’t know how you will replace that Google traffic!!

    Is the block “account wide”, or just for a specific niche site?

    How hard is it to just create another account?

    What did you do. I need to know, I want to make sure I’m not doing something that could get me blocked!

    Please share!!

    Good luck man, I know you will find a way around/over this.

  • Jay Leishman

    Can’t you just sign up for new user names with a new cc to get going again? Or are they tracking IPs? Guess you could get a new IP too.

  • If you think rebills are the only way to get banned on Google and Facebook then you have a lot to learn. Google hates affiliates overall and will slap and ban you just for being one. Facebook makes up new policies daily and will disapprove existing ads and eventually ban accounts when they don’t follow their rules, even when they don’t clearly define them and change them at will.

  • Ian

    @wayne
    was that comment to me?

  • Ron

    Do what you need to do but also start doing the seo. Its a wait, but its free.

  • Ian refused to pull down the ‘iPads for XX Year Olds’ ads, I know it!

  • ugh, the fb hammer hurts

  • @Ian – Naa it was to Fong.

  • @WayneDog I didn’t say that rebills were the only way to get yourself banned. But it’s definitely the first thing that comes to mind when it happens.

  • jack

    get another account….

  • @Wayne dog I don’t thank Google hates affiliate. Google has it’s own affiliate network.

    @Ian any word on what the ban was about?

  • Yea they have been knocking people out left and right lately. Hope you get some new accounts soon bro!

  • Yea, agree to not putting all your eggs in one basket. I’ve found that to be a good rule to abide by too. Even one of my friends has had this same issue as you, only with Google though.

    Till then,

    Jean

  • This may be a blessing in disguise. While it sucks to lose your 2 biggest traffic sources, it sounds like you will have no problem compensating with more traffic from other sources. This has forced you to further exploit other traffic sources. So just think of how well you’ll be setup if you manage to get your facebook or google accounts reinstated.

  • So sorry to hear that Ian, as an affiliate marketer, I believe that Google Adwords is very important for them as it’s the best way to bring more targeted traffic and increase the sales.

    I know you can resolve it Ian, just keep trying out new sources. Keep us updated your status…

    Regards,
    Lee

  • Google has too much power on the Internet now. I mean if they are “aggravated” with you, a business can go bust!
    I think more people should use Bing !!!.

  • This is a tough situation for you.
    Im glad none of this stuff was experienced by me.

  • Dustin

    FB and Google can definitely hurt. But like you said, there’s too many traffic sources out there to worry about just those two. Bing, Yahoo, POF, Media Buys, EMail, etc.

    You said it best. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (and coincidentally, its Easter, so don’t do it.)

  • You tried running anything on StumbleUpon ads? Just curious – 5cent CPV, full page website when user stumbles. I haven’t used it for affiliate products yet, just a company I work with.

  • Came here from your comment on Volk’s blog. Nice blog you have here. Yes, I’ve stayed away from Google and Facebook advertising for the most part, so far. CPV and small-time media buys are the way to go, methinks.

  • I’ve managed to keep both my Facebook and Google accounts in tact. But it’s quite restrictive just knowing how unpredictable they’ve been lately. I’m always pretty careful how far I push the envelope and save the risky (and usually more profitable) campaigns for alternate traffic sources.

  • OUCH! Talk about being double-teamed. What exactly did you do to get yourself into so much trouble? If you word your offerings less aggressively won’t they do business with you again?

  • it happened to me ian, i feel for you buddy, i got kicked off google and it absoulutely bugged me really bad, so what i did was i wrote to webmaster tools and asked them why i had been taken off, however after a few weeks i was back on, so may be you should try the same. good luck!

  • I totally understand. I would be soooooooooooooo upset too about it.
    What did you do to trigger this? I hope you find out what you did so that it doesn’t happen again.

  • I can feel the pain of having a major traffic source banned â?? Iâ??ve certainly been there.

    Best Attorney

  • Wow! Cold slap of reality. Looks like I need to tweak my traffic strategies to not depend so much on the big boys. PPV sounds interesting. I need dig a little deeper to find out what’s that all about. BTW, what the heck are rebills?

  • Sorry to hear that
    Facebook slaped me several times before and from the last slap i didnot use it again to brought traffic to me

  • You said it best. Donâ??t put all your eggs in one basket (and coincidentally, its Easter, so donâ??t do it.)

  • FB banned me last year too for promoting a survey offer. I got back in just by setting up a new user name and pw. Google locked me out too and I can’t seem to find a way back in to that goldmine.

  • Wes

    I’m in the same boat with Google (like most affiliates now). Ive got a friend who works there now as a recruiter, hoping she can pull some strings.

    I’m willing to bet if you ran Google’s affiliate network exclusively, you’d never be banned.

    Luckily FB is fine, I didnt even get a daily spend reduction luckily (knock on wood).

    I’m focusing on list building, seems to be where the stable money is.

  • Not My Real Name

    I got banned and several months later opened a new account with new gmail but same CC/PC and my ONE content campaign has been running for a month now. Maybe try signing up again in near future. Contrary to popular belief, G does need your money.

  • Oh man!! I would be so annoyed if that happened to me! It really does suck when the big shots just have the ability to push everyone around like that. I hope you find some other way to get loads and loads of traffic!! Best of luck to you!

  • That stinks. I have heard of so many horror stories of this. For this reason I tried to not put all of my traffic eggs into one basket. So far so good!

  • Google hates affiliates overall and will slap and ban you just for being one. Facebook makes up new policies daily and will disapprove existing ads and eventually ban accounts when they donâ??t follow their rules, even when they donâ??t clearly define them and change them at will.

  • While it sucks to lose your 2 biggest traffic sources, it sounds like you will have no problem compensating with more traffic from other sources. This has forced you to further exploit other traffic sources.

  • Is it possible Ian? jack is right get another acount. if you get banned again. get another acount.

  • It’s obviously great to get a lot of traffic from one source but yes . . . not a very good thing if you rely on it forever!
    Fortunately if a blog has many content – you really don’t need to worry that much.

  • Is it too late to get into the Facebook game? I know people who do nothing but generate fanpages with millions of fans. I think FaceBook is like new Craglist.