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I am on a dial up account where my IP is set when I dial up so I made sure that I had a new IP before I checked my stats at Google....
You see it is not always to your advantage to be always looking at your adsense stats. For one it upsets you everytime you see a glitch and the other reason is your IP address can be logged....
Having said all that. Keep your mouse away from your own pages.......... It is less stressful that way. For all we know there is an automated server checking IP addresses to logins to clicks and all attached to a printer that bangs out these letters.
A few clicks here or there on a high-traffic site probably won't amount to anything. But repeated clicking or your own clicks on a low-traffic site could result in the dreaded Google email.
My understanding is that it is not necessarily against the TOS to click your own ads
From the Adsense FAQ (relevant clause bolded by me):
9. How do you prevent click and impression spam?
Any method used to artificially and/or fraudulently generate clicks or impressions is strictly prohibited. Google monitors clicks on Google AdWords ads to prevent abuse of the Google AdSense program. Google's proprietary technology analyzes clicks to determine whether they fit a pattern of fraudulent use intended to artificially drive up an advertiser's clicks or a publisher's earnings. Our system can automatically distinguish between clicks generated through normal use by users and clicks generated by click spammers and automated robots. We are then able to filter out fraudulent clicks. Clicks deemed by us to be click spam should not be included in your earnings.
Prohibited methods for generating clicks include, but are not limited to, repeated manual clicks, using robots or other automated clicking tools and/or computer generated search requests, and/or the fraudulent use of other search engine optimization services and/or software. All clicks must be generated as the result of a user clicking on the ads. We therefore require AdSense publishers not to incite or provide any incentive for users to click on a Google ad. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is also prohibited because this has the potential to inflate advertiser costs.
Please be assured that there is no need for test clicks in order to verify the validity of the ads. Our AdWords specialists review all ads and have already verified that the destination URLs of the ads are working and lead to a valid website.
Any method that artificially and/or fraudulently generate clicks is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to: repeated manual clicks, using robots or other automated clicking tools and/or computer generated search requests, and/or the fraudulent use of other search engine optimization services and/or software."
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I may have accidentally clicked an ad while editing my site in Frontpage. Don't believe I've done a "real click" though.
A couple sites that have shown up have been of interest to me, but if that's the case, I manually type them in the address bar.
My main concern is viewing the site. Due to the updating that occurs in my site automatically, I *want* to look at it often, while at work or whatever. Could just viewing it hurt me? If this is the case, I can create a dummy page for just myself that will have all the elements (and most importantly what is being updated) with out the Google ads.
Any thoughts are appreciated.
Could just viewing it hurt me?
LOL I had hundreds of impressions for the two days the site wasn't even online. I have cable so each "view" registered through to Adsense tracking.
I understand by viewing my own page over and over, it will drive my click thru rate down. Will that likely lower my earnings?
No, because you're paid per click. The impressions, clicks, and clickthrough rate numbers in your stats are just there for your information. They don't have any direct effect on your revenue.
Since Google doesn't disclose any statistical info. with regard to their AdSense publishers, no one can really do anything more than speculate.