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Will AdSense Boot Me for Traffic Surges?
I Have a High Traffic Website

 12:46 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,

I just signed up for adsense and read with interest the "kicked off adsense for sudden traffic increase" type threads here.

Now I am getting around 100,000 to 250,000 unique sessions a month at present on my website. Will this kind of traffic not see a spike from 0 to x as soon as the ads are up and running and result in my being booted off? Or does Google know the kind of traffic to expect, espeicially from an established site that's just signing up?

And another quickie, how does adsense deal with asp pages that are on a message board and has load of different subjects fom beer to cars to holidays?

Great forum BTW!




 1:14 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, there are scores of ways Google can see it's legit trafic:

- They are sending people to you
- They see referrers of other SE sending traffic to you
- ...

Believe me, G will know more about your traffic than you do :-)

Also, guess why they pay you 1$ every time somebody downloads Firefox with the toolbar? They are (and will be even more) collecting HUGE info about traffic etc.


 1:28 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks Frox,

I'm just waiting to get approval and away I go. Due to my own laziness and not wanting to go down the road of carrying ads because of my own hatred of pop-ups I never looked into this before but the kids need shoes etc.

Fingers crossed I might atcually make a few bucks from adsense.



 2:10 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is it ok if you have thousands of visitors coming to your site one day from an online newsletter. I'm thinking about advertising my site in a newsletter that gets close to 300,000 viewers. I already get thousands of visitors a day but is google going to investigate if one day there is lets say 100,000 more visitors then normal?


 2:26 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hate to burst your bubble but 3 to 8k visits a day is not considered 'Huge'. Smallish medium is more like it.

Don't worry about Google, they not only know what you had for lunch yesterday, but who cooked it too!
Good luck.


 4:31 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

If Google kicked everybody that had a large amount of traffic on their first day of AdSense installation, a lot of us wouldn't be here, because a lot of us have added AS to existing websites that already had heavy traffic patterns.

I wouldn't worry, Google knows how many people they send to your website - after all, they rank your website as well, and it's not unreasonable that an already-existing website with a good PR and a lot of traffic would generate a lot of AS impressions/clicks.

Now if you normally got 100 people a day, and that spiked to 10,000...that might set off some flags, but again, they can look at the referral source as well as the unique IPs hitting the ads and would know that this wasn't automated (i.e. cheating/fraud).

Plenty of people here have been "Slashdotted" or "Dugg" or whatever, they get their site mentioned on a really big site, and traffic explodes temporarily, and they weren't kicked out.


 5:02 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

My site is brand-new.. not even really in G or the others yet.
2 days ago i was lucky enough to make the first or 2nd post on some guys' blog that then got Dugg'd on Digg and went straight to the top. I had 'creativly' put my website into my post, so everybody saw it..

My traffic SHOT from 3-5 hits a day to 300.. but still 0 clicks.. i guess the traffic wasnt very well targeted..

I was worried at first that i'd suddenly be getting hundreds/thousands of clicks and G would release it's fury on me.. but since i didnt get one damn click, AND since they know who cooked my lunch yesterday, I guess i dont need to worry.. :-(


 5:52 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Many of us have contacted Google, informing them of the possibility of increased CTR. Like others have said, they can observe your traffic and check out the legitimacy of surges.

When I did it some time ago, they sent a simple email saying something to the effect: "Thank you for the notice. We expect matters such as this."


 9:51 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

My traffic SHOT from 3-5 hits a day to 300.. but still 0 clicks.. i guess the traffic wasnt very well targeted..

That, and many times the people going from Slashdot or Digg are just there to read the article and then move on, as a matter of fact your traffic may have been well targeted, but that's a different crowd.

The good thing is, you were linked from a popular site, and a lot of people saw your site - that helps you with backlinks, referrals, etc., over the long run - you probably got bookmarked by quite a few people if your site was related to what they were after.


 11:36 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Define "my traffic" as most of the initial traffic these days are all the robots and scrapers crawling your site, many masking themselves as browsers.

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