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189 suspicious high value click throughs and google offer me 14
lloydforth




msg:1138649
 6:01 pm on Feb 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

For a period of six months my web logs recorded over 189 suspicious click throughs (same IP address)approx 1 per day every day.

Basically i only have 5 keywords as my business has a very narrow target range. also my website would only be useful to someone to find out what i do then call me for help. so no need for this person to visit everyday.

Also the keywords i use are highly competitive so the value for them can sometimes be as high as 3-5 pounds so 189 dodgy click throughs is about a third of my total google budget. and could be worth in the region of over 500- 800 GBP.

This was reported to google and after a little prompting they decided to investigate, below is the reply i recieved.

<paraphrased>
Thanks for the email. The clicks some keywords appear to be invalid. We have applied a 14 to your account.
</paraphrase>
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Thanks Google next time i spend upwards of 3k annually on your service i'll fxxking well make sure who i'm dealing with.

A VERY DISGUSTED FORMER USER OF ADWORDS

[edited by: eWhisper at 6:24 pm (utc) on Feb. 2, 2005]
[edit reason] Please read the TOS, #9 - No copies of emails are allowed. [/edit]

 

houseofsecrets




msg:1138650
 6:12 pm on Feb 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

I had a similar situation and the adwords rep was calculating the compensation for only one of the examples I gave. I replied and showed the full range of keywords and dates and the situation was cleared up.

ogletree




msg:1138651
 6:16 pm on Feb 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

It looks like you pretty much have to prove it to them. This [webmasterworld.com] is a good thread about it.

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