I've thought of a killer idea i want to try out that will pull in huge amounts of social traffic, but very little in the way of organic traffic. Does anyone else run a similar type of scenario? Do you derive the majority of your traffic from social media to your adsense pages? How long have you been doing it?
I've heard bad things about large volumes of social traffic getting the banhammer from Google and I definitely don't want that. My websites have all been predominantly organic Google and Bing with a minority (5-15%) of social traffic and probably 10-15% direct traffic.
I've read posts scattered throughout the internet claiming that sites with tons of social traffic (with unpredictable patterns) tend to get banned. Especially those that don't follow consistent patterns.
I don't think you can harm yourself in any way from social traffic. I occasionally get big traffic boosts from social media, but the boost usually is fairly fleeting; after a few days, things go back to normal. IMO, social is a great way to introduce your site and your content to people who otherwise wouldn't find you. But it's just one part of a portfolio of ways to attract visitors to your site.
I also don't see how social can be bad for your site when Google has its own (albeit little used, in the U.S. at least) social network.