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Do we look like a AdSense Click Ring?

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6:07 am on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My account has not been disabled and I am a happy AdSense publisher. In fact, I have nothing to #*$!-and-moan about. Simply love Google (PR department, please send the check to ...).
However while checking out competitors websites something occured to me. Google tracks our IPs to prevent clicking own ads (I don't know why people would do that, but apparetnly there are plenty of fools around). As a publisher, I never click my own ads, but I do tend to click quite a lot of ads by my competitors (well, not by, but rather ads displayed on competing or related sites), while doing research. When something catches my eye, I'll click and ad and see what's it all about. I'd imaging that my competitors may do that too.
If this happens quite regularly (which isn't really case for me, because I can abandon Net for weeks at the time), I'd think that this would look to google like a classic click ring, right? I click ads on site A (competitor) regularly while seeing what my competitor is up to, and owner of site A clicks ads on my site, because he is competing head-to-head with me and wants to see what I do. Any thoughts if this could be behind
"I got disabled, but I swear I never clicked my own ad" posts? Especially if it's a niche with 5-6 websites where everybody knows each other.
6:15 am on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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To avoid any looking like a click ring,
I usual use the AdSense preview tool.

There are around 500 Million web users.
There are only maybe 50.000 AdSense publishers.

So I think it's far more good than bed to use the preview tool instead of clicking on ads.

Special if it's a site from people where I know them for years.

5:30 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Could be possible.

I don't click many adsense ads anywhere...

I just mouseover and type the address in.

5:33 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sometime later all visitors will do the same.
We all will lose our revenue.
5:36 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why should they?
5:37 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)



As a publisher, I never click my own ads, but I do tend to click quite a lot of ads by my competitors (well, not by, but rather ads displayed on competing or related sites), while doing research. When something catches my eye, I'll click and ad and see what's it all about.

That strikes me as being risky and unfair to advertisers. Try to look at it from the advertiser's point of view: If you were paying 25 cents or 50 cents or a dollar a click, would you want publishers to click on your ads for "research"?

5:39 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I stopped clicking on any ads long time ago. If I find something interesting on some site with Adsense ads, I simply click on "Ads by Google" link.
5:49 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That strikes me as being risky and unfair to advertisers.

I'm on the fence with this one, since it's a competitor and you're researching products, advertisers DO pay a ton of money to get the word out on all their products and a $0.25 click is probably a drop in the bucket of a serious ad budget.

The only people that would get screwed in this situation are affiliates that use AdWords to promote products and gain nothing from that "research" click whatsoever. At this point you have to take sides and determine which bottom you're going to defend :)

The silliest part of all is:

WHY IN THE HECK WOULD YOU CLICK ADS ON YOUR COMPETITORS SITE AND GIVE THEM MONEY!

WAKE UP!

Not the sharpest tacks on the corkboard for sure.

6:58 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I never click on Adsense ads anywhere. If I'm curious, Copy and Paste does fine for me.
7:10 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I hope this 'becoming a publisher for Google' doesn't take off too much, we won't have any clickers left;-(.

25 cents for someone to come by and research my site... hmmm.... If they write something nice about my products or somehow indirectly promote my business because of it... sounds okay.

7:12 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For the past 8 months, I've never clicked on an ad from google, overture, searchfeed, etc...

I click ads on site A (competitor) regularly while seeing what my competitor is up to, and owner of site A clicks ads on my site, because he is competing head-to-head with me and wants to see what I do.

How does one knows if your competitor is clicking ads on your site.

kz

7:13 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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P.S. If there are only a few of you in your field, chances are you have many of the same visitors... maybe Google will think they are part of the click ring too.

JUST KIDDING!

10:07 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Actually that makes sense. At least to me
10:16 pm on May 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm curious about something. Is there a Firefox extension that makes it easy to open a new tab from a moused-over link without actually clicking on the ad? In other words, mousing over the link would copy it to the clipboard. Then a button or menu item would let you open a tab based on the URL in the clipboard? Thanks.
12:04 am on May 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Download the free Google preview tool.... don't remember how to do it, sorry, but then you can click the ads through this tool. Log into your account, the info about this is there something. Maybe someone will come along and give you more info about how to get it.

Seriously though, I think people are way too paranoid. And, I had a doctor tell me I was paranoid about stuff like this.... of course he didn't know what an invalid click was....

12:06 am on May 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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P.S. The doc tried to medicate me for it!