|I just contacted Adsense about possible invalid clicks.|
Does this put a bullseye on my back?
I don't know if these clicks are invalid or not, but the CPC was so high and weird, I decided to report it to be safe. I explained some odd traffic had come in and it didn't look natural, but it's still possible it is.
My question is not that, but whether by CONTACTING them I put a "bullseye" on my back for G to look through my account and websites and notice things they may not like?
It's one of those "don't poke the bear" or "don't fix what isn't broken" sort of things.
I worry that by simply reporting something and bringing something to their attention -- a valid concern -- it could open the doorway to them poking around and finding something THEY DONT LIKE!
Now do I follow all policies as best I can? Yes, I do. It's just that I have a lot of sites, some of a controversial nature, and some of my ad placements I wonder if they are a bit aggressive -- though I do believe they follow the guidelines. My account receives VERY FEW invalid clicks, very few, and has a low CTR that is reasonable and normal, AND I receive most traffic from search engines. Everything is white hat.
I can't IMAGINE what their issue might be, but I'm probably going to be stressed out for the next day or two. My biggest concern might be they might seen an imagine they consider copyrighted (even though I have very few images on my sites, I do have enough that I would be concerned about).
I just felt with possible invalid activity, it's better to stay ahead of the issue than to wait and see if G does something, right? They may have not even noticed, and these clicks MAY be completely legit as well!
My real question is this: has anyone in GOOD FAITH made a report to G only to have it bite them in the butt later on by "poking the bear"?
I've talked with a lot of publishers over the years, and it's never happened to me nor anyone I've talked with or read about. But anything's possible. I expect that if you have something minor and are otherwise in good shape policy-wise, they'll just tell you to clean it up.
I removed the ads from the site. I was getting 99% social media traffic all at once. BAD. VERY BAD. It was for only two days so I think I'm fine. I did make a few bucks but oh well, at least the CTR was very low, so they were probably valid clicks.
i've advised google maybe 3 times over 8 years, i'm still here ;)
the rule here would be, if you advise them, make damn sure your website follows ALL of their guidelines before you send them the email