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I did the same thing TWICE in one day a few months ago.
I has just purchased a notebook computer and didn't know that two small taps with your finger is the same as left clicking.
When I did the first one, I quickly emailed G.
I didn't even realize what I did to click on it. Anyway, I went right back to what I was doing and did it again.
My second email to G began with something like this.... "You are not going to believe this, but.....
Webmasters making the odd click by accident are not the same scenario as webmasters who systematically click their own ads, and Google is perfectly capable of spotting both and dealing with both appropriately.
I agree. I knew a guy who worked for a blind click program that said almost all his webmasters clicked on their own stuff to test them.
And of course stuff happens by accident.
I am paranoid - and I think many are about Adsense.
Even though I am 99.9% sure you would not get canceled for this - I would still send in the email. It makes you feel better.
what happens if other people are clicking your ads more than once? (either trying to "help" or trying to get your costs up) Does google have a policy for not registering over a certain number of clicks from the one I.P?
It may be a different story if you made this mistake too many times, too frequently :(
joined:May 25, 2005
joined:Apr 22, 2004
I realize that for long-term publishers the preview tool is probably old news, but for any of you who are new to AdSense, this is a great resource.
The preview tool allows you to see what types of ads might appear on your site, and click-through to the destination URL without generating invalid clicks or impressions on your account.
For more information, you should visit [google.com ]
*Like if someone else using the computer checks out your open window and clicks on the ads
*Webmasters testing the ads increase page impressions. This may cause problems with the CPM ads also.
P.S: Eventually it should be added to the adsense desktop monitoring installation ;-)
joined:Sept 29, 2004
AdsenseAdvisor,That gives me an idea! Wouldn't it be great if [just like the preview tool plugin] you guys can build a small tool for publishers that can be installed so that ABSOLUTELY NO clicks from THAT particular computer would count. This will help in a lot of ways.NEVER understood why they can't just ban an I address of your choosing (easily). Adsonar have a system where I go to an ip finding website, find out what my ip is then copy and paste it into a box and hit submit. If they can do it why can't G? YES I know it isn't foolproof but it should stop accidental clicks at least.
When they close or suspend an account they will have detected a pattern of behaviour which is fraudulent i.e clicking repeatedly or setting up bots. If I were Google I would implement a policy of adding all the sites that report accidental clicks to a watch list as these are more likely to be the problem sites.
Stop being paranoid