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1. This boy that has a crush on me that has been asking inordinant amounts of questions into "what i do for a living" and may have thought he was doing me some kind of favor.
2. I have family (kids) staying with me for spring break and they could have clicked on random weird stuff they found on my computer.
Other than these, i am totally clueless and pretty sick to my stomach too. Speaking of which, does anybody with experience in this know if you get paid for past months. Will I get my Feb check? What about March up until the point they booted me?
I am now waiting for overture/yahoo to come with a adsence type of thing, then without the fear of losing all ones money I will indeed have the last laugh;).
[edited by: teeceo at 4:41 am (utc) on Mar. 24, 2005]
A scraper site is generated by a php script. The script seeks out and copies the SERPs for search terms on Google.
The result is a site with a myriad of unrelated content, consisting of nothing but links and snippets from web sites that appear high on Google SERPs.
The idea seems to be that Google titles and snippets contain all the juice these sites need to place in the top ten themselves.
These sites almost always have Goggle Adsense ads prominently displayed. They have no value of their own and exist only to rank well and generate money from Adsense.
Some of these scraper sites link to other sites with questionable 302 and meta refresh links that cause the formerly well ranking target pages to fall out of the Google SERPs.
Scraper sites are bad.
For the benefit of the Google people that will be reading this, I repeat what I already wrote: Google, please give us ANY way to monitor our clicks ourselves against frauds.
You are doing this, let us do this work for you. I understand this would somehow reveal your methods, but give us at least some partial data to work with: believe me, scrupolous webmasters will check for frauds in their clicks better than your staff!
We will be happy to forfeit revenues coming from suspect clicks!
We will be happy to block ads to suspect IPs!
We will be happy to volounteer our time in this, as it could be a way to save our account!
First, I'm sorry to hear you lost your AdSense account.
I have actually been waiting for a thread like this to appear on WebmasterWorld. We've seen them before, of course, but generally it's a post by a brand new member (usually first post). Without wishing to sound disrespectful to any new member here, it does make a difference when you hear this from someone who's name you at least recognise.
It would be really helpful if you could give some info about your site - what type of site it is, your average AdSense impressions etc?
It would be nice to get some metrics together.
As for getting your account back, I think it unlikely from what I have read of others experience. However, I think the advice of talking to your AdWords rep. is good. As stated, money talks...
For what it's worth, most of the threads I've read on this subject have ended up with the banned account holder saying something along the lines of ".... I checked my stats on a mates computer, who clicked on ads while I was in the loo..." etc.
Were you in the habit of checking your stats/visiting your control panel on machines other than your own PC?
I have actually noticed quite a drop in my adsense revenue lately, as opposed to any suspicious clicks...
Other posters also mentioned that they first saw their earnings and CTR drop for some period before the account was disabled.
Could this be due to an automatic "invalid clicks" filter at Google which tries to filter out inappropriate clicks, and when this reaches a certain level the account is disabled? I remember some time ago there was a discussion that such a filter might use overcompensation: when N invalid clicks are detected the statistics are compensated for N*f clicks, where f is a factor larger than 1 to compensate for undetected invalid clicks.
If so, dropping CTR might be a sign for invalid clicks, where until now I was thinking that unnatural increasing CTR was the sign for invalid clicks.
hope you can get to the bottom of why account disabled for your own piece of mind and hopefully use your spending power with G to look into re-instatement
we check our Adsense stats from about 4 different PCs...is this a bad thing?
It is a bad thing if you don't have control of these PC's all the time. Others might click on your ads from the same PC and Google will see it as a click from a computer under control of the account owner.
I only check my statistics from two PC's and I am the only user of these PC's. Furthermore I have disabled the displaying of adsense on these PC's and other computers connected to the internet with the same IP which makes it impossible for me, or users on my local network, to click the ads. It is no life insurance, but better than nothing.
I say it because almost all of the threads like this I have seen have ended up with a post from the banned account holder stating that it had happened. I'm looking for a correlation, it was not an authoritative "this can cause problems" comment.
You can see the logic though - AdSense Control Panel sets a cookie on the PC used to succesfully login to that account. User B comes along and clicks on ads.
If I were google, this would be the first "quick and dirty" check.
For this reason, I have never logged into my AS control panel from any PC other than one in my control, and that's my own. Never anything else.
If I ever get banned for an unexplained reason, we'll know that can be ruled out completely. Until then, as I say, I'm looking for correlations.
Furthermore I have disabled the displaying of adsense on these PC's and other computers connected to the internet with the same IP which makes it impossible for me, or users on my local network, to click the ads.
I do the same.
Having always been reluctant to login into my account from anywhere else, I did not want to miss anything, so I tried it.
I always made sure that all traces of what I did on a PC were gone.
My account is still active and that was three months ago.
[edited by: bts111 at 1:07 pm (utc) on Mar. 24, 2005]
I don't click on my own ads intentionally. But I did happened to click on my own ads a couple of times. Accidental (and experimental when I started the programme a long time ago).
Surely, your friends or family clicking on your own ads can't be a reason. I would like to hear more comments though.
I am guessing Google has less "invalid click" tolerance from a site about mesothelioma than one about training seeing-eye dogs for handicapped children in Sudan.
I'm not saying that all the sites banned were crap-sites, but I wondering if a majority of them are "low-quality".
I find the first post I've cited to be prescient.
The second and third posts may indicate that SV engaged in business practices that were either riskier/dubious (typo URLs) or for more select publishers (adult material). SV may have been associated with individuals through these other practices (typosquatting, adult material) who either saw no problem in "helping" SV or who saw no problem in hurting SV.
Thread: Anyone contact Google over any issue
SuzyVirtual: "I have never contacted google. I have had really weird adsense days. My account still exists."
Thread: How can Yahoo lure away AdSense publishers
SuzyVirtual: "allow adult subject matter"
Are mistypes of URLS profitable
SuzyVirtual: "Can be a moneymaker. . .depending on URL and where you direct it."
There's more to learn if SV responds to TrellianJedi's post.
On the other hand, per advice given here, SV may be able to negotiate redemption from sin (it's almost Easter), in which case SV may be 1) sworn to secrecy; and 2) that may lead to the end of the poster known as SV, who may reappear as another new name.