AdSense: Google cracks down on Pakistani websites

Published: October 18, 2011

Content counterfeiting and dodgy methods of maximizing ad revenues result in AdSense account suspension.

KARACHI: The recent ban on hundreds of Google AdSense accounts had given many people the impression that Pakistani publishers were being targeted, however, many local bloggers says this has not been the case.

A number of bloggers in Pakistan have not been affected and in some cases the ban has been placed for genuine reasons. Intellectual property theft is one of the problems that Google has been trying to clear out.

The ban may have been imposed partly because a lot of bloggers have been exploiting AdSense by illegally using copyrighted content from other sites.

The crackdown has affected a lot of legitimate bloggers with genuine content.

Badar Khushnood, Google’s representative in Pakistan, is trying to tackle the problem faced by blogs with exclusive content, but bloggers are unsure if he will be able to have them reactivated.

Google had disabled the ad serving after violations of policies. This included layouts designed in a way that can cause accidental clicks by placing ads near flash games or navigation bars, or placing ads and site links extremely close together. Google also has issues with ads being placed on non-content based pages.

“It’s not a conspiracy against Pakistan. A lot of sites produce low quality content, they look like clones of each other, or they simply use dodgy methods of maximizing their ad revenues,” said Shoaib Taimur, owner of a blog named Enterakt.

“Google obviously had its reasons for banning a number of accounts and I doubt that it’s some sort of elaborate conspiracy since we are merely small fish. People who allegedly conspire should seriously reassess their blogs/sites to see what they did wrong. I guess Google will reinstate accounts if they reevaluate them,” he explained.

He said that some people did not deserve to be on the list because their content was original. However, Taimur pointed out that a lot of websites remained unaffected like blogger Hammad Dar’s “Koolmuzone”.

One more thing that results in an AdSense account getting suspended is that people use “botnets” on rival sites so that their accounts get suspended, a situation that has been faced by a few bloggers.

However, bloggers whose accounts were suspended say that Google does not listen to any such reasons and needs to devise a mechanism to prevent unprovoked suspensions.

Reader Comments (46)

  • Oct 18, 2011 - 3:01PM

    I dont think so, Its a clear racism act from Google. Many bloggers had sites that have been live till 2006 and they are banning them now in 2011.

    Google you are Racist!!

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Nicely Done :)
    A no of blogs were providing original content and where suspended for no reason and the saddest this is that autobot reply from google having no clue where we have gone wrong!

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 3:16PM

    I am 100% sure this was a biased action from Google, that helped google put a lot of money belongs to publishers in its own pocket.

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 3:17PM

    i am a blogger too but not placed ads my blog, however i want to say one thing, that the blogs/adsense-accounts which are banned now have almost 95% same contents and posts are copy of each other. posts does not have a single word written by owner. and this is the reason, i think google have unique reason to block the adsense account of such bloggers.

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  • Pundit
    Oct 18, 2011 - 4:15PM

    No wonder that the Paki
    Govt wants to ban Google….

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  • PK
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:31PM

    Google have many issues. It allows only 27 countries to sell Android based Mobile games through Android Market where Pakistan is not included. But Pakistanis are allowed for Google Adsense. This is double standard.

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 5:33PM

    At last google is acting upon this issue … It was one of the clear policies of adsense that there should be no copyright infrigement on the website.

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  • Shahzad Hussain
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:34PM

    Google’s adsense program is such a strange and vague kind of thing that how genuine u be they will somehow ban you and make you annoyingly insane about the reasons they will give. Google adsense program sucks. I request all you to invest your energies else where like odesk.com or any freelance workplace where ur prospect of earning are bright. Adsense is a third rated product of google through which it snaches your hard earned and posts it profits on your hard work. guys open your eyes and say a big NO to adsense and Google. Recommend

  • naved
    Oct 18, 2011 - 5:36PM

    I think taking immediate actions without giving warning to such bloggers is inappropriate.Every process/actions should have/backed by policy and procedures.Google might be right banning adsense to such accounts but the way google acted is not right.

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 8:59PM

    My account was blocked it was active from last three years. The reason was of design. My site works fine. But still blocked. Unable to understand.

    Some VU Students site for example vustudents.ning.com and VUJanat.ning.com have same sort of layout. One’s account is disabled while other is running.

    VUSR.net and VUZS.net both have original contents but VUSR’s account is banned.

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 9:07PM

    we should use another websites which offers service like adsense.

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  • Tariq Ahmad
    Oct 18, 2011 - 9:49PM

    @Shah Nawaz:
    Another Ameican conspiracy against islam and pakistna, maybe you guys should make your own google if you are so smart

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  • Salman Raza
    Oct 18, 2011 - 10:31PM

    y do all forums become a hate mongering forum for indians. I just dont get it.

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  • Cautious
    Oct 18, 2011 - 10:48PM

    You don’t follow the rules — you get booted — simple as that.

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  • Oct 18, 2011 - 11:34PM

    @cautious
    may be you are right, but google is very strict on pakistani people, google said to pakistani that if we make a tech blog and run adsense in it then they will ban it, and the reson is coz there are lot of other tech blogs.
    it dont metter then how many other tech blogs are, we start a blog, no metter what kind of it is, it is just a blog

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  • hammad
    Oct 18, 2011 - 11:35PM

    The thing is many blogs who got banned were genuine and used to post original content. So i doubt it was all about violating policies.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 18, 2011 - 11:40PM

    Thanks God, I am not a blogger.

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 12:07AM

    It is downright aggression of google against Pakistani ad sense account holder who were doing their work very honestly for the last four years and they have spent thousands of rupees on developing, improving, upgrading, search optimising, cost of Web hosting and cost of band width(traffic).government of Pakistan should raise this issue at international level to save thousands of people and earning million of dollars.

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 12:29AM

    I was Using Adsense from past 3 Years but Today My Account is Disabled

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 12:34AM

    It is downright aggression of google against Pakistani ad sense account holder who were doing their work very honestly for the last four years and they have spent thousands of rupees on developing, improving, upgrading, search optimising, cost of Web hosting and cost of band width(traffic).government of Pakistan should raise this issue at international level to save thousands of people and earning million of dollars.Recommend

  • tasawar malik
    Oct 19, 2011 - 2:05AM

    Ban Google in Pakistan please

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 8:54AM

    Many Pakistani Bloggers just copy/pasting but it doesnt mean ban all.
    Many old and genuine bloggers also lost account :(

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Google could send a warning Email before banning.. I have received payment 4 times but now google says I am encouraging users to click on my ads. my friend had $3000 and I had $100 both account disabled. and one of my friend have $58 google didn’t disable his account. Now point is clear. Its all about REVENUE.

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 9:41AM

    All accounts should be reviewed on an individual basis. That’s only fair in my view. Otherwise you ban the good and the bad.

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Its surely not a point of Policy violation its some thing else which is injustice…………

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  • Oct 19, 2011 - 5:05PM

    I think serious bloggers with original contents has also been affected by this Google’s Crack Down.Recommend

  • bang
    Oct 20, 2011 - 2:59AM

    hello,

    google is banning all pakistani webmaster account . NO matter you are original writter or not. How you gonna prove you have original content. SEO is the technique to show the contents in the google in high rank how you gonna prove that all article that are on other site is yours, This is bad policy by google even if policy reason .They are doing is because of USA VS PAKISTAN issue . Now think this way , what gonna happened to our IT field in SEO ? . What they gonna do . without google it will be big lost to the webmaster , he can not even go for SEO because no adsense means no payment to pay the bill and all webmaster are done here .

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  • Emaar Kasbati
    Oct 20, 2011 - 12:24PM

    We all know what is going on… But this situation is also in gradual speed extending to India…

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 12:47PM

    This is really sad ,that’s why Google can’t be trusted if you earn more they will ban you,This si the truth ,please earn only pennies that’s what google wants from you and show sill ads on your domain as well..

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 2:00PM

    My Adsense Account banned on 18 OCT,2011. It is possible that they reactivate our google adsense account?

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 4:38PM

    Google i will kill you … !!!!

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  • There is no problem with my account. I have showed the adsense on my website and it is working fine. I don’t tell to any body to click on adsense.

    Arif

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 11:57PM

    so i have no blog i have just a web site sms web site and no resone to block my account but google do it
    i think it was just a game plan of google against pakistani all other web site allwo google ads which have lot of adult or bad stuff but they are not band huh

    so there are lot of people which have no other way to earn money and it was only way googleadsen and now what the can doo ? GOD give us power to make our self so strong and forget google coz Muslims alwas face trouble in all word

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  • Oct 21, 2011 - 5:24PM

    is anyone know reason that why Google doing this?

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  • Oct 22, 2011 - 2:27AM

    Google is a real evil

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  • QJ
    Oct 25, 2011 - 5:25PM

    Google banned my 5 years old account which has never been used on any site with low quality or duplicate content.
    B say, your account is a potential risk for advertisers and this is the only reason they mentioned in the mail……

    I’ve never heard from any adword advertiser that Google have refunded their money…. It was Google’s biased decision to push Pakistani user back and fill their pockets……Recommend

  • Muhammad Ayub Khan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 10:01AM

    people who are in favour of Google are “living in fools paradise”. Day by day all Pakistani accounts are being banned. I also lost more than 1 lac rupees of my website and got banned. They took action against me for “illegal Clicks”. But I never did that. So it is prove that Google is also some kind of under pressure from American Government. Please ask PTA to banned Google also in Pakistan in response.

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  • Oct 31, 2011 - 11:03AM

    disabling the website is a process. there should be some system. in which the website owner and google representative interact. if you start looking you will know that many websites even the big fishes are violating google adsense policies , but there accounts are active. so there should be a clear cut policy , so that every one can follow , and if some ones account is banned he should have right to know the reason and can follow his case. even if some one looses a free email account , he can talk to customer care to retrieve it and we are talking about a business here……

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  • Nov 5, 2011 - 9:12PM

    Google adsense of Pakistan are block due to Rehman malik . he wrote letter to USA agencies that google and you tube are helping terrorists. USA agencies arrest Google officials and on response of this , google block 90% of Pakistani ad sense accounts

    This was the statement of Great Rehman Mail
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_epeHjjr3SE&feature=relatedRecommend

  • Nov 14, 2011 - 10:09PM

    I think there is no future of adsense in pakistan

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  • Nov 16, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Google Adsense is the totally unbiased company. If our webmasters will go for MFA, Place Maximum ad units on low content pages, repeat keywords to get high ranking, Do black-hat tactics, then This is going to happen.

    Yet there is the hope to Learn More About Google Adsense program, rejoin it, Learn It Master it, Master the writing skills actually. Then there will be no problems.

    Read this: http://www.learnpakistan.com/google-adsense-training-in-urdu/google-adsense-training-in-urdu-what-is-google-adsense-and-how-does-it-workwhat-is-google-adsense-and-how-does-it-work.html

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  • Nov 28, 2011 - 11:56AM

    After Google Now Webanswers.com is also banning accounts from Pakistani people.
    http://www.gaibianpost.com/2011/11/after-google-webanswerscom-bans.html

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  • Dec 1, 2011 - 10:11PM

    google closed adsanse in Pakistani sites please tell me the others google type companies because google is not reliable for business and all pakistanies please change minds and do some foreword steps.

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  • Dec 7, 2011 - 3:48AM

    It’s our people’s fault who make blogs by copy pasting stuff from other blogs and earn through illegal means.

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  • I have no problem in my account. 3kbooks.com

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  • Dec 14, 2011 - 4:18PM

    I think people who got their account by some trick in past are banned now.
    Sadly, we couldn’t protect our country from evil deeds of some people. As a result, innocent people have to suffer. This is not the recent problem. It is carried since the resolution of Pakistan.

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