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fraudulant clicks, invalid clicks, breaking the TOS

how about some definitions

     
6:14 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see on the forum yet another "i got booted!" thread.
For all of us that live in fear of the 'G', what (based on your experience here) consitutes:
1) fraudulant clicks
2) invalid clicks
3) violations of the TOS

the obvious ones we all know: clicking your own ads, all your friends clicking your ads, posting "support my site", etc.. but what are some of those lesser-known, less obvious ones that us newbs should be careful of?

9:21 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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All of your examples should be qualified with "in excess of G's thresholds" (which we, of course, don't know).

For example, "all of your friends" could click on your ads randomly a few times per day, from many different IP blocks, and you might not get booted. That's no different than people you don't know clicking on the same ads at the same times, or compromised machines doing that.

The only definitions that really apply are whatever G thinks warrant booting someone. All else is speculation.

9:25 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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3) violations of the TOS

I would of thought that breaching anything in that is grounds for account termination. Both fraudulant/invalid clicks are covered by the ToS, right?

9:32 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i was curious about things that a newbie might do, not realizing it could cause problems. For example, a week or so ago someone posted that including adsense on a newsletter that you email out could/would get you booted - some even speculated that if that newsletter linked to a page with adsense ads on it, you could/might get the boot..

it was those not so obvious things that i was hoping to see posted..

9:36 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why not just read the Google AdSense "Terms and Conditions" and "Program Policies," which come straight from the horse's mouth?
9:43 pm on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why not just read the Google AdSense "Terms and Conditions" and "Program Policies," which come straight from the horse's mouth?

It's like asking if you exceed the posted speed limit, will you get a ticket? Maybe, maybe not. The best solution for anyone who is concerned about being booted from AdSense is not to put themself in a position where they depend upon AdSense revenue.

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I was wondering the same thing. Time and time again I visit this web site and see a newbie with a "my account was closed" post in broken english. I can't seem to think that they emailed all of their friends to click on their ads and claim innocence.

It does concern me though to read these so often.

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i have read the TOS, more than once.. but it's a tad-bit wordy.. by the time i get to the end, much from the beginning has already leaked out the other side of my head.

Every time i see the "i got booted and i'm innocent" posts i get scared that I might overlook something (NOT OBVIOUS) that could get me booted..

Perhaps i'll read the TOS, yet AGAIN, and as IncrdiBILL suggested a while back, 'drink away my paranoia' ..

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... see a newbie with a "my account was closed" post in broken english

Not an excuse by any means, but it might be interesting to know whether TOS comprehension difficulties lead to more non-English speakers being banned than those for whom English is a first language. Although many people just don't seem to read them at all ...?!

10:09 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Not an excuse by any means, but it might be interesting to know whether TOS comprehension difficulties lead to more non-English speakers being banned than those for whom English is a first language. Although many people just don't seem to read them at all ...?!

Well, G offers page translation services in several languages. Not perfect, of course. My guess is not reading the TOS, or at least not reading it carefully, is more of a contributor to getting banned.

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My guess is not reading the TOS, or at least not reading it carefully, is more of a contributor to getting banned.

My guess is that most people who get banned couldn't care less about the TOS. (Note that I didn't say "all," I said "most.")

12:52 am on Apr 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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by the time i get to the end, much from the beginning has already leaked out the other side of my head.

Get some ear plugs and try reading it again.

6:31 pm on Apr 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I got email from google warning me about fraudalent clicks I don't know how could appear. Apparently some site sent out a newsletter linking to my website, so I'm affraid this could be it. how to protect myself?
 

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