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Google AdSense Account Disabled
This was the title of an email I got on 11th April 2013.
According to them, there was an invalid click activity on my blog, which is against the policy of Google AdSense.
I was shocked to see this mail because the reason of this ban was someone clicking on my ads.
Someone clicked on my AdSense ads, and Google disabled my account.
I was like.. What?
They banned my account because of someone clicking on my ads?
- Cannot they detect and see who is clicking on the ads?
- Cannot they take immediate action?
- Cannot they warn the AdSense owner if someone is clicking on ads?
- Cannot they take the decision in the favor of AdSense owner because he was not the guy clicking on the ads?
These were some questions that kept on popping in my mind.
Being a newbie blogger, this was bad news for me because I was not aware of more money-making methods.
I tried different AdSense alternatives but… zip. Nada.
I was not making as good money as we used to make with AdSense.
A few more questions were running in my mind.
- What if they disable my account again?
- What if I made $1000 in a month, and they disabled my account a few days before the payment?
- What if I lose the traffic of my blog?
My questions were legit.. but the problem was, I didn't know whom to ping to get the answers.
Back in 2013, there were only a handful of Indian bloggers, so getting the right people to get the answer of your queries was a little bit difficult.
So the only solution I had was – Google.
I started looking for some of the best methods which could help me to make much better money than AdSense.
I was confused because being one-man army I couldn't do everything.
Soon I came to know about the power of affiliate marketing.
This was something that excited me.
When I analyzed CPA, Facebook ads, Paid posts and many other methods, I found that people were trying to sell other's products and in return, they were making a good commission.
This was a perfect business.
Sell other people's product, and make money.
No customer support headache, no service headache, no product creation headache, and the best thing was you get your payment on time. 😉
So in this article, I am going to talk about how I got involved in affiliate marketing. Why this is the best method to make money online and why I highly recommend doing this.
Here's how Google AdSense ban changed my life..
#1. I Started Learning More About Marketing
Ask any person, what is the biggest business in the world.
Either it's gold, diamond, luxury products, travel or anything, it all revolves around marketing.
Let's say you have created the best digital product, written a mind-blowing eBook or started any service online.
It's the BEST product/eBook/service in the world.
But does it have any value if there is no buyer?
No one knows that you have that mind-blowing product.
No one even cares about this.
So what is the solution?
Yes.. You heard it right.
I was so thrilled with this word ‘marketing' that I started reading many good blogs to enhance my marketing skills.
“Our jobs as marketers are to understand how the customer wants to buy and help them do so.” – Bryan Eisenberg
This one practice not only helped me to understand more about the buying persona, but it helped a lot to succeed in affiliate marketing as well.
#2. I Become A Better Blogger
This element was missing when I was writing for Google.
I was pleasing Google only.
I did this silly mistake for 2 years.
Writing a blog, and writing an awe-inspiring blog are two different things.
They have their blog so well optimized that they please readers as well as search engines by targeting the right keywords in their blog posts.
After analyzing these 2 awesome bloggers, I found what they were doing, I found which type of content they were generating and how they were putting their energy to become one of the finest bloggers.
So after getting my AdSense account banned, I started working more on my blog to make it Google non-dependent.
I tried my best to make it a blog which neither depends on the traffic point of view nor from the earning point on Google.
#3. I Started Building My Email List
All big marketers say, “Money is in the list.”
I did a big mistake for 2 years.
I would say a very BIG mistake.
I was not putting my efforts to capture the email of the visitors landing on my blog.
They were coming on my blog, reading the content.. and never coming back.
One of my close friends suggested that you should start building an email list from your blog because you can promote anything in the future if you want to.
So by doing this, you are not only going to get traffic but make money as well.
This idea seems legit.
After having a long discussion with my friend, Blogging Domination Guide was born.
I started giving this guide free of cost on my blog and in return, I was collecting email of my readers.
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I am using ConvertKit for getting subscribers on my blog.
With ConvertKit, you can capture subscribers on your blog and see many other metrics, like from which page they join, what is the IP address of a subscriber, City, State, Country etc.
#4. I Started Full-time Affiliate Marketing
This was one of the best decisions to monetize my blog.
After analyzing those blog posts, I found that only a few people were coming on those blog posts, and they were taking the buying decision.
This was a lightbulb moment for me.
Because I was making sales with only a handful of visitors.
So I started paying more attention to those articles to drive more traffic by ranking them high in various search engines.
By continuously tweaking blog posts, starting more niche blogs, running paid ads and various other activities I did my life's first $10,000 a month in July, Luckily I did this again in August and looking forward to hit $20,000 a month in next 3-4 months.
After understanding some good things about affiliate marketing, I started my paid coaching in February 2015, and I have trained 20+ awesome people till now.
All I want to say at the conclusion of this blog post is; Google AdSense is not the end of the world.
There are a thousand of other ways to make money on the internet.
Don't be sad if your AdSense has disabled, because you never know what you are going to learn after this.
Obstacles are the proof that something big for you is on the way.
Enhance your knowledge with your time and you can make much more money than Google AdSense.
Now Your Turn..
Do share this article with your friends who are crying after getting their AdSense disabled.
Show them what they can do.
Show them how they can cross the river safely and build a better business for them.
And Don't forget to comment below. Because your comments are the fuel for me to write better in future. 🙂