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I Think I'm going to Have a Heart Attack
Accidental Adsense Ad Click
Edge

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3014 posted 11:16 am on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

My mouse is acting up and once yesterday I clicked on an adsense ad from my primary computer and, I got that kinda blood rush to your head feeling. I wrote Adsense, told them and appologized. I gave them the exact ad, from page and Ip address and asked them to disregard the click and I was very sorry.

This morning, I did the same $%#$@ thing, I thought I was having a heart attack, I still might.... I just wrote them, same apology and I hope the best.

I've been a publisher for 8 months, have read all the posts here on WW about folks getting canned for false clicks. These are the only two which have ever happened, I',m not sure I can stand another accidental click...

Ya know, if we could disable or disregard clicks on selected computers (cookies?), I might make it another year.

This post should probably be moved to the ADSENSE thread.

 

Mr_Brutal

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3014 posted 11:24 am on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sounds terrible - im so not laughing!

One suggestion i've seen is that on your main computer you can edit your hosts file (windows) so that when it tries to connect to the adsense servers you can redirect it else where. That way any clicking for adsense from your computer won't count - stops you from following other adverts but at leats it will take the pressure of your heart!

I'll try and find the thread

(Still not laughing!)

Mr_Brutal

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3014 posted 11:26 am on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Try this

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Sanenet

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Msg#: 3014 posted 12:31 pm on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

One little accidental click isn't going to harm you (unless you have a very low impression and CTR).

More thoughts: [webmasterworld.com...]

Relax, although you probably did the right thing in notifying Google. And the host change removes all worries (although it means you can't click on any adword ad!).

AdWordsAdvisor

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Msg#: 3014 posted 6:51 pm on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

My mouse is acting up and once yesterday I clicked on an adsense ad from my primary computer and, I got that kinda blood rush to your head feeling. I wrote Adsense, told them and apologized. I gave them the exact ad, from page and Ip address and asked them to disregard the click and I was very sorry.

This morning, I did the same $%#$@ thing, I thought I was having a heart attack, I still might.... I just wrote them, same apology and I hope the best.

As someone whose cordless mouse just decided to go whacko in the middle of a phone call with an advertiser, I can relate to your story, edge.

I hope all is well, and that no visits to the emergency room were required!

Although I am not associated with the AdSense program at all, I have been with the AdWords team for a couple of years now - and I know what Google is about. I can say with assurance that a couple of accidental clicks (especially followed up with an explanation!) should not be cause for further worry.

The weekend is almost here. Rest easy. ;)

AWA

AW_Learner

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Msg#: 3014 posted 8:12 pm on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've got an idea for google to prevent this. I don't know if it would work, but why doesn't google make people who sign up for adsense get a non-expiring cookie placed on there browser as soon as they first log into there adsense control panel? And then this cookie would be associated with the code that is given them for there adsense ads and any clicks that these adsense ads of there's get that is connected to this cookie would not be counted as a click or charged to the adwords advertiser and not credited to the adsense publisher?

It would not prevent deliberate fraud by such adsense fraudsters. As they could just delete the cookie or use another browser or computer then the one they use to sign into there adsense control panel. And then on that computer they could fraudulently click away to inflate there revenue.

But it would prevent all the honest adsense publishers like Edge from having to worry about accidentally clicking on there own adsense ads.
And it would also allow them to freely click on the ads so that they can find out just where the links would be taken there visitors to make sure it is not to pages or sites that they do not approve of or are a direct competitor. Then they can block those particular ads in there control panel. And they could do all that without it unfairly charging the advertiser and unfairly crediting themselves for the clicks.

IP would be good too, but not all adsense publishers use a connection with a dedicated unique IP address, so it wouldn't work for those who use a proxy type service. A cookie though would identify just that computer.

Robino

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3014 posted 8:42 pm on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

The ol' "my mouse is acting up and I clicked my ad by accident" excuse.

Good luck buddy! They've heard this a million times before.

AW_Learner

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3014 posted 10:27 pm on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

The ol' "my mouse is acting up and I clicked my ad by accident" excuse.

Good luck buddy! They've heard this a million times before

If it wasn't true and this guy clicked on his ads on purpose to get money, why would he email google first to let them know about it so google could credit the publisher for those clicks and reverse there commision on them?

Robino

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3014 posted 10:45 pm on Jul 9, 2004 (gmt 0)


Guilty conscience?

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