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Does anyone else regularly view their own site live?
Sometimes I like to view which ads are being served to my pages.
Is there anyway around this without the risk of violating the TOS?
joined:May 1, 2004
Google does not concern itself with impressions only invalid clicks. I use my site regularly and I know many others do because its good at what it does. I never click any adsense just view the site.
Any method that artificially generates clicks or impressions is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to: repeated manual clicks or impressions, incentives to click or to generate impressions, using robots, automated click- and impression- generating clicking tools, or other deceptive software. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is prohibited, to avoid potential inflation of advertiser costs.
Source: Jenstar's TOS update thread [webmasterworld.com]
you can visit your site, and update it. obviously you would want to avoid mass-refreshing. normal browsing is fine.
i don't know why you people just don't block out your own ads if your worried about it.. how hard is that? problem solved..
Given that CPM ads are a new addition and the TOS has only just been updated I don't see how this issue could have been discussed lot's of times.
In response to the oringial poster, I think that you would have to view your pages a LOT of times for it to be a) flagged or b) make an impact to your earnings.
Find your "hosts" file (probably in the windows directory, under system32/drivers/etc/ and it has no extension) and add this line:
Save the file and reboot. All it does is redirect any requests for an Adsense ad to your own machine which obviously won't have the needed code - so it displays nothing.
Normal browsing? What's normal for a forum admin? A non-tech moderator? An over zealous forum member waiting for a response?
I have a page with AdSense on it which is reloaded a couple of times by most visitors. This is because of the nature of the page (sorry, can't be more specific). I asked AdSense if they allowed CPM on this page and they agreed. Actually they told me they were happy to hear of this example because it would give them the possibility to learn on what type of pages CPM ads would be most benificial.
So they allow natural refreshing of pages, but not if it is done to increase CPM ad impressions / earings.
Basically My url's are -
so before the google code
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Although for most of you guys I guess that is not rocket science!
artificially increasing impressions, even manually is now against the TOS.
I assume this is more geared towards when someone is running an impressions campaign, but it would be nice to get a clarification.
As it stands now, you could, by the TOS, be banned for creating extra impressions.
joined:May 1, 2004
I check all my sites live quite often. It doesn't have much impact on the cpm of my high traffic sites, but it does on the low traffic ones. Even though it is, technically speaking, manually generating impressions, G has never said anything to me about it.
Would be nice to get a definitive word on this. To be honest I want to see ads when I browse my own site - the preview tool just isn't the same!
There already has been a definitive word about this from ASA, it was posted a few weeks ago.
As others have said, it was noted that it is fine to view your site as you normally would as a webmaster.
Nothing in the TOS has changed that would negate what ASA wrote a few weeks ago, the same info was in the TOS back then.
You could always email the adsense team if you really must have another answer from Google. But really, it's no big deal.
Since that episode I've stopped my site showing ads on my home and work IP addresses, and showing an image placeholder that I saved from the AdSense ad formats page.
Does anyone use the Smarty template engine?