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Click Fraud
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 6:03 pm on Apr 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Over the last few weeks iv noticed some massive fluctuations in dailycharges, impressions and clicks. So to put ym mind at ease I set up IP Tracking for those that come from a range of sources, affiliate programs, google etc...

Well, going over my results it appears google customers occasionally click, twice, three times and occasionally four times or more.

What can I do? Any chance of getting money back?DO google track this?

Why am I throwing money down the drain.



 6:29 pm on Apr 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

if you have something that looks like fraud, contact google and they will let u know.

customers can and do click on ads multiple times, especially if they go to your site, hit back, go to a competitors site, dont like what they see there, go back, and re-visit your site.

its bargain shopping, just make sure your prices are competitive.


 6:31 pm on Apr 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

The site im referring to is RRP only due to manafacturer pressure, all sites that sell this rangeare RRP..

It just makes me wanna sob when I see people clicking 15 times.. the worst thing is.... they don't even known its costing people money half the time.


 7:44 pm on Apr 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Are you sure you're being charged for these clicks? Overture used to automatically filter out multiple clicks that occurred within some period of time (I forget how long), and I'd be amazed if Google didn't do the same.


 9:05 pm on Apr 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Overture used to automatically filter out multiple clicks that occurred within some period of time (I forget how long), and I'd be amazed if Google didn't do the same.

Google told me recently (in the past month or so) that that they do have a "filter" to prevent click fraud. However I've had a couple cases of click fraud that got past it (a couple cases that i noticed, anyway... who knows how many more). I got a refund once and am in the process of getting another one, i hope (both on the same keyword, actually). I'd be interested to know more about how the filter works and how click fraud gets past it, if anyone knows.


 12:42 am on Apr 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi everybody!

This is first time I'm posting, nice to be here!

I signed up with <program removed> some days ago.
This is a Click Fraud Detection Software, and it looks pretty cool.
It places your clicks in 3 different groups: Low Fraud Risk, Medium Fraud Risk and High Fraud Risk.

One of my campaigns reported 430 out of 644 as High Fraud Risk! I don't know how much I can trust this, but I will test it further.

Another cool feature is that it produces a refund letter in PDF.

Just a tip!

[edited by: eWhisper at 3:42 am (utc) on April 23, 2005]
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 12:30 am on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

there is a lot of click fraud and now google has said they will only give credits - no cash refunds. what a joke. Unfortunately they hold the cards right now.

their click filters are not very strict - you can click an ad 5 times per day for a month and will be charged every day.

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