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Dear AdWords Advertiser,
Google maintains a high standard for the quality of our advertisements and our user experience. We have recently determined that your business maintains multiple AdWords accounts simultaneously serving ads for similar or related keywords and/or businesses.
In addition, our records indicate that some or all of these accounts were opened using promotional coupons limited to one redemption per individual or business. As a result, we have suspended your AdWords accounts and would ask that you refrain from creating additional accounts using other AdWords promotional coupons that you may already possess or obtain in the future.
The Google AdWords Team
Why wouldn’t they give me a warning first? And, why do they continue to send me $100 vouchers 5 at a time?
Oh, wait. I forgot. TO PROMOTE THEIR BUSINESS.
Google, you really need to get your head out of your ass on this one. You want me to recommend Adwords to my clients? Prove to me that it’s worth it. I’ve found out that until you spend around 1k, only after that can you truly “zone in” on what the best converting ad copy is, and what converts the best. So, your little hissy fit over giving me $100 seems a bit stupid.
Why not let me use older accounts with the promotion codes? Since they are my “regular” accounts, I will be using them everyday. As soon as the money runs out in my newly opened gmail account for running the Adwords promo, I have no need to ever look at it again.
I know having to do this inflates your numbers for users and I’m sure that you enjoy that. But wouldn’t it be better to let me use my regular account, give me some vouchers every so often, so that I can experience what Adwords can deliver to a business? Wouldn’t it make more sense to allow for someone who is making recommendations to clients to what strategies they should use, have a positive mindset of your product?
Yes, I know I am a grain of sand on the beach. For now. But as more clients arrive looking for paid search answers, wouldn’t it serve you better to have people talking about the brand in a good light?
Instead, my story will tell them of how my account got banned for using the free vouchers they sent to me, never to provide any warning that using the promo codes would get my ability to PAY YOU MONEY eliminated.