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How Cheating affects the innocent

 5:16 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Just thought I'd pass this on since I'm in both adsense and adwords. I just started a campaign in adwords with content network turned on, in addition to having a wider than usual geo area included, since it's a new site, and I'm doing the branding type thing.

So, I wake up and check my reports, and I discover a number of clicks from a particular blog on blogspot, and all from a particular country (which is well represented here, and has a large population, but a somewhat suspect adsense reputation).

They are fraudulent. Fine. So, here's the point. What I do IMMEDIATELY, is a) turn off blogspot as a site for my ads, and b) exclude the entire country. If I get a few more fraud clicks, I'll disable the entire content network.

If you have a legit blogspot site, or you focus on that country, guess what. Sorry, it's business. Can't afford to lose money.

Next time you wonder how fraud affects you, consider how it affects the innocent.



 6:13 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

I often temporarily ban entire countries when I have trouble with spammers. Right now on my site, all ______ and _______ are banned due to the wrongs of one or two people in their country. I decided to replace the specific countries with blanks to avoid offending anyone. I'll unban them eventually, but not until that spammer or group of spammers gets bored trying and failing to spam my site. I do feel bad for the innocent people living in those countries, but it is the simplest solution.


 7:19 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's sad though. I'm sure there's more honest people in the countries than dishonest ones, but I'm often alerted by the origins of a lot of the "how do I cheat" messages on another adsense board.

No leeway here. If I was in _________ and ___________ I'd be working to cleanup my countrymen/women and i I made blogspot money same thing, cause they're picking people's pockets!

I don't have time to watch each site for banning.


 7:19 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's interesting information and I don't mean to sound sarcastic, but what's the purpose of this post?

It's not going to stop the cheaters. And it just reminds the "innocent" of things that may hurt their efforts but are out of their control. It's not like a group of the innocent are going to charter a plane to the offending country and beat up a few AdSense publishers.

This message should be sent to AdSense, that's where you'll find the people who could actually do something about it.



 9:50 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

This message should be sent to AdSense, that's where you'll find the people who could actually do something about it.

...or Dateline. Maybe Chris Hansen will start a new series: To Catch an AdSense Cheater

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