HiI have a website – andybellphotography.com, and I used to run some Google Ads campaignes to get visitors. As it stopped leading to sales, I paused all the ads. That was back in 2018. The Ads had run, off and on, for several years but have been dormant since then.Two days ago I received an email frrom Google saying my Ads account was suspended as I was Circumventing their policies. They gave no reason why. I checked my site to see if it had been hacked, or anything like that, but all seemed well with it.The only recent changes I had made were to mark a couple of my products as ‘Sold Out’ and to remove a Photo restoration service I no longer offered.I was puzzled why Google would ban me for ‘Circumventing their policies’ when my account was dormant. I checked the old Ads and they were just directing people to my galleries pages. In any case, I deleted them, just in case they, despite having run for years in the past, were now invalid.I then filled in the appeal form telling Google all this, but just got what looked to be a standard response saying I had and still was violating their policies.Currently, I’m not that bothered as the Ads weren’t running. But it cuts down future options and stings a bit that Google now view me as a violator of their policies – certainly not something I would knowingly do.Two questions: can anyone see any reason my site is violating their policies? Is there any way back from this or should I just accept it and move on?Many thanksAndy
first, you’re welcome.
unfortunately, the damage is likely already done — especiallywith respect to the no-follow leaks between the two existingwebsites and all the other websites using the powered-by links,that were already crawled and indexed by google.
such link-passing is a rather serious webmaster-guidelines violation.
of course, there may be other conditions that triggered the issue.
abandoning a website, deleting all previous ads, restartingwith a new website, would not be able to resolve the issue,and is not considered a fix — and more importantly perhaps,would likely be seen as yet another circumvention condition.circumventing-systems, with respect to account-level suspensions, is mostany condition that made it more difficult, for google’s policy-review-teams,to make a substantive, complete, and thorough, policy review. a few example conditions include, but are not limited to:- being associated with more than one ad-account, in any way, at any time;- using any technique outside google’s webmaster-guidelines;- a website that google flagged in the past, even if owned by someone else;- a website that was hacked at any time, especially if redirects were involved;- a website that cannot be directly and fully controlled by the advertiser;- previous policy issues that were serious but not properly and fully fixed;- etc.
for example, the links between theturninggate and backlight-me donot seem to be properly no-followed, while both sites are indexed.
for example, the powered-by related links on externalwebsites also do not seem to be properly no-followed.
no matter the reason, circumventing policy issues are rather serious andmost result in a permanent suspension from the program, cannot be fixed,no future advertising is ever allowed with google — unless, during the appealinvestigation, the policy-teams find a mistake in the original policy-flag.