Yesterday, I saw a nightmare. Although, I have bad dreams every now and then–but this was a particulary disturbing one–because it came true. My website stopped showing ads from Google AdSense and I saw this error: The Number of Ads You Can Show Has Been Limited.
As I was devastated, I went to Google and read every article on the subject. However, I didn’t find a solution. You might wonder why. It is so because there is no solution: all you have to do is wait and stop doing what could have caused this error to come. In this article, I will try to include all the things you should stop doing right away to get your ads back on your site.
Evaluate Your Social Media Traffic
If you are generating traffic from social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Quora, Pinterest, you might want to stop for a moment. Here is the thing. Google’s main focus is advertiser’s protection and publisher’s delight. Any traffic that came from social media could be considered invalid for unknown reasons. I suggest you either keep the promotion on social media bare minimum or stop it altogether. Once Google re-evaluates the source of your website and give you a green flag, you can promote as much as you want.
Watch Your Off-page Activities
Which website do you use for directory submission, pay per click services, and other third-party services to generate traffic? Some of these sources might be sending involuntary traffic to your website and this might have caused Google to take action. Here is what Google has to say:
There are many services out there that can increase traffic to your site, including pay-per-click solutions to connect advertisers and publishers, as well as search engines and directory sites. However, we’ve found that some of these services actually send artificial traffic to websites, despite their appearance. To deliver the traffic levels that their customers expect, these services often generate clicks and impressions using click bots, or by providing users incentives to visit sites or click on ads. For this reason, we strongly urge you to use caution when partnering with third-party traffic services.
I suggest until you’re receiving another update from Google, you should also be quite watchful of your off-page activities. Here, patience is the key. Google further says:
If you need help logging the traffic on your site to determine the source of your visitors, we recommend using Google Analytics. You can also integrate your AdSense account with Analytics to get more insight into how to tailor your content and ads to your site’s users. Once you’ve set up your Analytics account, we highly recommend monitoring your ad traffic along the available reporting dimensions, including traffic sources with whom you’re a partner. If you find that one of your traffic sources has suspicious activity, we recommend stopping or pausing your relationship with that traffic source to stop any traffic that may be invalid.
DON’T CLICK ON YOUR OWN ADS
For heaven’s sake, never ever at an cost, click on your own site’s ads. Google is smarter than you’re. If you think using a VPN or switching to incognito mode will help you trick Google, you’re mistaken. Your geographical location that your browser sends, your flash cookies, and the subnet mask, it is big big difficult to fake them all. If you have ever committed that sin in the past, now is the time to repent.
Mind Your Language
If the content on your website is written in such a language that it directly pursues the reader to click on advertisements, you’re officially screwed. Google is quite strict about the language that you use. You cannot tell your readers to click on your ads. It just doesn’t work this way.
Since Google itself has told you that it will automatically review your website, it will. There are already a plenty of people on the internet claiming that they have the solution. Trust me they don’t have. You can only take precautions and be patient. That’s it. Thank you very much.
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