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Anyone ever click an ad by mistake?
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Clark




msg:1374683
 4:13 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ever click on your own ad by mistake? I almost did a couple of times and do get concerned because I had one of those warning messages from Google after one day of operation and learning the ropes. Anyway, someone else at my company has been warned about clicking but did it by mistake once.

 

TipKing




msg:1374684
 4:21 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I did click on an advert the other day because I was interested in the products. And I bought... So the seller did okay out of it....

I am on a dial up account where my IP is set when I dial up so I made sure that I had a new IP before I checked my stats at Google....

You see it is not always to your advantage to be always looking at your adsense stats. For one it upsets you everytime you see a glitch and the other reason is your IP address can be logged....

Having said all that. Keep your mouse away from your own pages.......... It is less stressful that way. For all we know there is an automated server checking IP addresses to logins to clicks and all attached to a printer that bangs out these letters.

cornwall




msg:1374685
 5:20 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Have a look at

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Reply #6 is by GoogleGuy :)

Clark




msg:1374686
 6:11 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I saw that. I thought it was real funny until something similar happened to me ;)

jjohnstn




msg:1374687
 6:17 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

My understanding is that it is not necessarily against the TOS to click your own ads, but to do so for the sole purpose of driving up your CTR/revenues is against the TOS. Obviously, you should only do so if you have a geniune interest in the ad.

A few clicks here or there on a high-traffic site probably won't amount to anything. But repeated clicking or your own clicks on a low-traffic site could result in the dreaded Google email.

richardb




msg:1374688
 7:14 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ummmm

Your friends are your friends for that! How is Google going to counter that I wonder.

I used to be an A.L. (lecturer) any new user clicks as they learn the ropes -- I guess, given the apparent uptake (on this forum) they will pursue the hard line.

Rich

Blue_Fin




msg:1374689
 8:20 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

My understanding is that it is not necessarily against the TOS to click your own ads

From the Adsense FAQ (relevant clause bolded by me):

9. How do you prevent click and impression spam?
Any method used to artificially and/or fraudulently generate clicks or impressions is strictly prohibited. Google monitors clicks on Google AdWords ads to prevent abuse of the Google AdSense program. Google's proprietary technology analyzes clicks to determine whether they fit a pattern of fraudulent use intended to artificially drive up an advertiser's clicks or a publisher's earnings. Our system can automatically distinguish between clicks generated through normal use by users and clicks generated by click spammers and automated robots. We are then able to filter out fraudulent clicks. Clicks deemed by us to be click spam should not be included in your earnings.

Prohibited methods for generating clicks include, but are not limited to, repeated manual clicks, using robots or other automated clicking tools and/or computer generated search requests, and/or the fraudulent use of other search engine optimization services and/or software. All clicks must be generated as the result of a user clicking on the ads. We therefore require AdSense publishers not to incite or provide any incentive for users to click on a Google ad. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is also prohibited because this has the potential to inflate advertiser costs.

Please be assured that there is no need for test clicks in order to verify the validity of the ads. Our AdWords specialists review all ads and have already verified that the destination URLs of the ads are working and lead to a valid website.

jjohnstn




msg:1374690
 8:28 pm on Sep 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks Blue_Fin, I stand corrected. I was reading from a different section of their site:

"Prohibited/Fraudulent Clicks
Any method that artificially and/or fraudulently generate clicks is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to: repeated manual clicks, using robots or other automated clicking tools and/or computer generated search requests, and/or the fraudulent use of other search engine optimization services and/or software."

Located at: https://www.google.com/adsense/policies

kriskd




msg:1374691
 12:36 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I was just accepted by Google Adsense on Tuesday and have been VERY careful not to click my own ads as well as telling family members (who want to be "helpful") not to click them.

I may have accidentally clicked an ad while editing my site in Frontpage. Don't believe I've done a "real click" though.

A couple sites that have shown up have been of interest to me, but if that's the case, I manually type them in the address bar.

My main concern is viewing the site. Due to the updating that occurs in my site automatically, I *want* to look at it often, while at work or whatever. Could just viewing it hurt me? If this is the case, I can create a dummy page for just myself that will have all the elements (and most importantly what is being updated) with out the Google ads.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Kris

NotePad




msg:1374692
 12:45 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

i've done it on accident before, no big deal, i think they are more concerned with people doing it over and over on purpose.

NotePad




msg:1374693
 12:46 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Could just viewing it hurt me?

absolutely not.

seeber01




msg:1374694
 1:06 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

It won't hurt you but it will drive your impressions up and CTR down ... I know because when I first put Adsense on my site, I did the work in Dreamweaver and uploaded two days later.

LOL I had hundreds of impressions for the two days the site wasn't even online. I have cable so each "view" registered through to Adsense tracking.

kriskd




msg:1374695
 1:25 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I understand by viewing my own page over and over, it will drive my click thru rate down. Will that likely lower my earnings?

Good to hear that Google won't get upset about me just viewing my own website. And I do enjoy seeing what new ads might be placed on my site. :-)

Kris

europeforvisitors




msg:1374696
 1:32 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I understand by viewing my own page over and over, it will drive my click thru rate down. Will that likely lower my earnings?

No, because you're paid per click. The impressions, clicks, and clickthrough rate numbers in your stats are just there for your information. They don't have any direct effect on your revenue.

NotePad




msg:1374697
 1:33 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

especially if you run and participate on your own message board, that would suck.

Kinitz




msg:1374698
 12:47 am on Oct 17, 2003 (gmt 0)


few clicks here or there on a high-traffic site probably won't amount to anything.

Could you give me any hint what is "high-traffic site"?

Is over 10000 page impressions a day (according to adsense) a high traffic site or low traffic site?

Blue_Fin




msg:1374699
 1:02 am on Oct 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

Your AdSense Impressions are not necessarily indicative of your site traffic, especially if you are not running AdSense on every page of your site (I don't). That's what your server logs are for. In the whole scheme of the Internet, a site receiving 10,000 page views/day would be very low traffic. As to AdSense publishers, my guess is that would be above average since there are a lot of very small publishers running AdSense.

Since Google doesn't disclose any statistical info. with regard to their AdSense publishers, no one can really do anything more than speculate.

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