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7 page impressions, 23 clicks
CTR is 328.6 percent.

 6:22 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Wow, this is the kind of stuff that will scare the crap out of you. If I am being targeted for some kind of click attack, this is ruthless.

It's on a German language channel that normally only gets 4 or 5 clicks a day.

I'm debating whether to ask Google what is going on, as they will probably think I am in on it.

Hopefully, it's some kind of click dump by Google. Or, the page impressions haven't caught up to the clicks which is updated at different times.

Honestly, I don't even know how this is possible to get 23 clicks off 7 page impressions.

Any advice? Ideas? Defense strategies? Is click attacks the new past-time for anarchists these days? Anyone else see this before? Adsense advisor ever see anything like this?



 6:26 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

You can get more than one click per page impression when a visitor clicks on more than one ad. I have also seen many clicks with very few impressions with AdLinks. It seems that some users that enter an AdLinks page select each link on it, just as if they were examining regular sites in the SERPs.

But to be honest, 23 clicks is very much with only 7 impressions and I would also get a little bit scared with those stats.


 6:33 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

In reailty it's not that many clicks insofar as an "attack" is considered.

This happens to some of my sites quite frequently with up to 1000% CTR often seen.

I did write about this the other day believing that the Adsense team are on top of any suspicious behaviour like this:



 6:39 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, this month that channel has averaged 15 page impressions and 3 clicks per day. So I was wrong about the 4 or 5.

What's the checklist of things to do in case of click attack?

ADDED: I read that thread OptiRex, thanks, what outside AS click trackers are there? Don't know much about these. Any help, appreciated.


 7:29 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Though Google doesn't allow you to set the code to open links in a new window, if the user holds SHIFT while clicking the link, it will load a new window. If they did this with multiple ads, you'll only see however many impressions they made, but those clicks would still be counted.


 8:08 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Honestly, I don't even know how this is possible to get 23 clicks off 7 page impressions

Do You use AdLinks?

Behind 5 Adlinks can be enough interesting stuff for 23 clicks.


 8:57 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I agree that if this channel is monitoring a link unit, I wouldn't worry.

If it's covering a regular ad unit I'd be typing an email to Google just in case.

I had a similar thing happen to me a few months back, 300% CTR. I emailed Google and later recieved an email assuring me that the clicks were in fact valid.



 10:11 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's not part of adlink unit. I am going to keep an eye on it to see if the page impressions increase. Then will write one tomorrow and refer them to this thread.

Keep fingers crossed.


 6:06 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

what is Click dump in actual?
Did google dump clicks for you on a different date then it occured actually sometimes?Exmaple some click happened on Monday but you see them in your stats on Tuesday?

is it possible?


 7:12 am on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

what is a click dump?

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