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Will They Notice That I've clicked my own ads?

3:01 pm on Aug 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all I'm new in adsense and i was stupid, becouse i ddnt read the TOS carefully, I ddnt noticed that there are preview tool to see my own ads, I did click my own ads several time to check whats it look like and if I found some interesting link.
What should I do now? Please help I dont want to get banned from this program.
3:19 pm on Aug 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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E-mail google.
Let them know when, why, and how many times you clicked the ads, and assuming they have no reason to believe you did it for foul purposes, you should be fine.
3:21 pm on Aug 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You could contact Google AdSense, explain everything and beg for pardon. Tell exactly how much clicks and ask to discount it from your account. Principally show good faith. Some people do get banned within 24 hours of entering the program for doing things like that. But if they do not
10:29 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your advices m8, I've email google about that now I'm waiting for their answer *thumb thumb thumb* my hearts pounding :D
Hope they give some understanding, I was very careless not reading TOS at the first time :(
10:57 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

You entered the Adsense programme knowing that you get paid if your ads are clicked (why else sign up?).

With this knowledge you then clicked your own ads.

Ignorance is not an excuse.

11:14 am on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you are talking 1-2 clicks, the chances of google taking issue with it, are zero and nil. Just be sure to log into your adsense account control panel with the same ip.
12:23 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I work on a notebook with a rather sensitive touch pad, and I have rather heavy fingers. When I browse my own pages I have to be very careful because just moving the arrow sometimes is interpreted as clicking. As a result I accidentally clicked an ad 3 times for the past 4 months. My way is to e-mail G right away, apologizing and requesting to undo the click cause I don't want advertiseres to pay for a nonsense-click. Up to now G always responded and there was no problem.

By the way, if you did not know that clicking your own ads is an offense (Adsense-wise) I might suggest you read the TOS very carefully. Clicking your own ads is so much a basic not-to-do thing that there might be loads of other prohibited actions you do not know about. For example, it is strictly forbidden to ask people to click on your ads.
And if you do not know how to interpret the TOS, just think: what if I were an advertiser, wouldn't I feel ripped off if I must pay for fake clicks or accidental clicks? And put all your questions here on the forum. Sometimes you will not like the answers, but 99% of the folks here give you honest and solid advice.

12:32 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hello humblebeginnings:
don't forget that viewing your own web-page with ads on it is also an offense. Consider that you are inflating de CPM of the advertisers. That's why we should use preview tool to control the appearance of the site.
12:42 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The issue of viewing your own site (as opposed to clicking) was discussed here:

AdSenseAdvisor said (message #6):

I wouldn't advise excessive reloads of your pages, but pubs should be able to view their own sites without worry. Hopefully that will put most of you at ease :)
12:45 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Told u m8 i was fool, l ddnt click it for earn money or if i dnt really interested in the ads


Yeah I'm talking about 1 or 2 click but even google didn't noticed I still think it ll b better to tell them earlier


12:51 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Whoa l must thank to all of your kind attention at my mistake
Thanks guys I'm really appreciate your advices
Promise you all that it wont happen again


10:16 pm on Aug 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi Anton23,

Good stuff, me telling the poster he should not click his own ads and me telling at the same time I visit my own pages (and thus raising the bill for advertisers;-p).
Point taken. That's the fun of this forum, participating and learning on the fly. I visit about 10 of my own pages every day. Just to see how they look in different browsers and stuff. I guess that's OK with G...

10:44 pm on Aug 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The idea that a problem could arise simple visiting your own pages strikes me as pretty absurd, for loads of webmasters not on a mission to earn money, we visit our pages loads, it's what you do when trying to build a popular site. If I really thought I had to think twice about it because of adsense, adsense on some of my sites would simply have to go.
I am sure google are not so daft on this score!
11:31 pm on Aug 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I agree with that and hope you are right...on a forum site, i must be returning to the main page about 200 times a day, if there is an image ad on that , i hope that google will be able to filter my IP but i would not be a happy bunny to think they were going to penalise me for visiting my own property ;)
1:23 am on Sep 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi All

I just wana share you a good new, I just received reply for Google, they give me forgiveness *pheew* I wont click my ads again, I've downloaded adsense preview tool btw.
If any of you clicked your own ads by mistake, tell them at once, they re understanding ppl
Thanks for your advices guys



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