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This is the second time around i got invalid clicks. Last month i got attacked by lamers and forced my website to close for 48hrs. And the issue had been resolved already. Resulting to the drop of visitors which i made a huge ip deny list in my .htaccess
as of today i got 7xx of impression and 6xx of clicks i dont know why these lamers are trying to boot me out again. I already removed AdSense codes to my pages. Until things clears out.
This website is in the Linux Industry (open source) which gains top position in major SE. I believe these are competitors or some lamers. (which i dont know) My website consist of few pages and 22 pages with Adsense codes.
I send already an email to google informing the said activity and i gave them a link to my raw logs(txt) 0917-0919 for them to speed up the investigation.
I am seeking advice on what to do? I have search scipts to track the clicks but i didnt find one?
Any help or suggestions are acceptable.
IP address changes but the agents stays the same:
"Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.1; Linux 2.4.20-18.9; X11; i686)"
"Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040516"
I did some grep "Get /sample_page_with_adsense.html" > adsense_page_1.txt
for me really to see users that access the page and evaluate if its malicious.
Any other tips?
Now I've made my site that when a user clicks on an add (within a set time) it will not show any to that person.
I'm doing the filtering on IP's, but I guess you could do the same with that "User_Agent".
Noel i'm wondering how could you be able to do this. Did you use .htaccess?
I'm using a log script that will when a click is made write the users IP to a database.
When the user comes back again to my site (within a set time), and his IP is still in the database, it will not show the Goooooogle ads.
I'm doing all this with Coldfusion, but for sure you can do the same with any other server side code.
WHY DON'T THEY? People see increases in AS revenue, and instead of being happy, their worried. We all live with this fear that some unethical competitor is gonna just click-click-click on our ads and make us go away. Why doesn't Adsense feel like it's in their best interest to do something about it?
In fact, don't you feel that (as a publisher) Google has a duty to help ensure the protection of their publishers, when they are able?
It's not fair. They expect us to excersise diligence to help make sure that they're protected. Why can't they do the same?
I offered to send them my logs once when i had a similiar incident and expressed my concerns about sabatoge by slimy webmasters.They replied they do work to protect both Adwords client and Adsense publishers.
Not very specific but it does imply they are aware of the problem.
I think you're right, it is in their best interest
and i hope they follow up legally on some of these guys cause God knows i cant afford it.