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Avoid getting banned from Adsense because of user content

Pony crying after Adsense ban

Publishers who generate revenue through ad networks such as Adsense need to make sure they comply with the program policies to avoid getting shut down.

The dreaded email

You don't want to receive this email:

During a recent review of your account we found that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our program policies
ACTION TAKEN: We have disabled ad serving to your site.

Receiving this email usually means that you are getting banned and that:

  • you are banned forever, you will not be able to display Adsense ads on your sites anymore, even with a new account
  • all revenues you currently have on your Adsense account are lost
  • appeal options are limited
  • there are not many good alternatives out there

How to avoid that

You have to make sure you comply with the Adsense program policies. The policies state that:

Publishers may not place AdSense code on pages with content that violates any of our content guidelines. Some examples include content that is adult, violent or advocating racial intolerance.

Getting into more details, this is what the terms & conditions provide as examples of unwanted content:

Pornography, adult or mature content
Violent content
Hate speech
Excessive profanity

You therefore have to make sure that no such content gets published on your site, even if it's user-generated content. We know that Google expects you to control the content, whatever its source, and that even a single unwanted image can get you banned even if you have thousands or millions of correct images besides.

So it is crucial you set up an appropriate moderation workflow to protect your revenues, including:

  • Image moderation. If you are looking for an automated solution, you can have a look at what we build or if you need human operators you can reach out
  • Video moderation. If you are looking for an automated solution, you can have a look at what we build
  • Text moderation. Custom-built filters looking for common unwanted words is a first step. More specialized solution, with or without human checks, do exist. We can put you in touch.

Sightengine is an Artificial Intelligence company that develops image moderation APIs to empower business owners and developers. Sightengine's powerful image and video analysis technology is built on proprietary state-of-the-art Deep Learning systems and is made available through simple and clean APIs.