This week I got an onimous email from Google telling me they canceled my Google adsense account because of violation of the European Union (EU) user consent policy.
So I did what any blogger would do: I panicked! And then I panicked some more.
Why did Google cancel my adsense account?
Then I took a couple of deep breaths and decided they probably meant there was no cookies bar on my blog. But how could that be? Three weeks before I had installed a cookies bar using the Jetpack plugin!
Here's what went wrong:
I have several blogs. Most of them are on Blogger. Blogger automatically adds a cookies bar, so you don't even have to think about it. But I also have three wordpress.org blogs.
And that's where my woes begin. Because they dón't automatically have a cookies bar. I hád added a cookies bar using the Jetpack plugin.
But because my blogs were really slow, I deactivated all my plugins, trying to find out what the problem was. Turns out it had something to do with the server of my host. So I reactivated all the plugins.
But I forgot one thing:
I forgot to drag the cookies bar widget back on the blog again...
And that's when Google came by and saw there was no cookies bar on my blog : (
I thought it was there, but it wasn't. And Google saw. And it was not good.
What I'm doing to fix this
Aside from panicking I immediately dragged those stupid cookies bar back into the footers of my three blogs.
So the problem that made Google cancel my Google adsense account is fixed.
Then I sent an appeal to Google telling them I had fixed the problem.
The waiting begins
So now I'm waiting. And crossing my fingers and hoping that Google sees that it was all just a big accident. I never meant to nót have cookies bars on my blogs. Indeed, I thought they were there.
I love Google adsense, and I hope they'll take me back.
Forewarned is forearmed
Apart from sharing my woes I'm also hoping this post will help others prevent this happening to them.
If you've got a blog be sure to have a cookies bar on it.
Have you ever had this experience? And what did you do? I would really appreciate tips and pointers!
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