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do your visitors click multiple times?

12:38 am on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My traffic has increased steadily over the last 6 months.. Now that i'm getting more traffic (6k-7k uniques per day, 15k-20k PV's) i'm seeing a LOT more visitors clicking ads 2,3,4,5,6 times, and sometimes 7,8 times.. back when i was getting 1k-2k visitors per day, i would get a few of these 2-3 clickers every day - but now that my traffic is higher, i'm getting 100 or so of these 1,2,3,4 clickers per day, and one or two 7-8 clickers per day.

Overall my CTR is about the same as it's always been.. i'm getting my click per visitor info from Adlogger, which i know is not 100% accurate..

Should i be worried about these multi-clicking visitors? will they set off any red-flags at the googleplex? The more successful i get, the more paranoid i get that G will send me "the email" ..

[edited by: Tearabite at 12:43 am (utc) on Sep. 8, 2006]

3:53 am on Sept 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm still way below you on the hit front, but I do notice 2 or 3 clicks per visitor at times as well.

I wouldn't think Google would cancel your account over it, that seems like a major loophole. You could squash the competition, just go to their blog and click all their Adsense links.

4:04 am on Sept 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I do track my clicks and I have had up to 24 clicks from the same ip, however when i geolocate that IP it usually comes fro malaysia or some country where it is common practice to proxy a whole vilage through one IP address.

I was also very suprised to see that is is very common for user to click on 2 or 3 ads in one sitting...so I wouldnt worry about it too much.

10:46 am on Sept 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't see that you could do anything reasonable to prevent your visitor to click multiple times. So if I'm on your place I would try to relax...
10:49 am on Sept 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I regularly get people clicking up to 10~15 times when they are searching my AdLinks for a specific widget supplier.

I wish they'd do it more often:-)

2:42 pm on Sept 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm in the unenviable position of getting only 5,000 unique views for all of August, so I can pretty much guess how many clicks each visitor makes. I also see multiple clicks from time to time. I've seen six clicks on one page which had very few impressions, so it's fair to say that all six occurred in one go.

I had a string of such events in one week, and I was nervous enough to email Google to ask if they were all coming from the same IP. Of course, Google would not release such information, but they didn't deem all these clicks invalid either. So, I'm guessing that such click patterns are fairly common.

3:07 pm on Sept 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Since starting with adsense our sites have had tons of visitors clicking on 2 or 3 ads in one sitting. I believe google knows that people know how to use the back button and/or right click to open a new window (something yahoo prevents).

I once brought it up here at WebmasterWorld and people thought it was unusual, but it has never gotten me in trouble with adsense and still very active with it.

I think it happens more now because many of the ads are links to crappy sites a lot of times. You click on an ad thinking it's gonna be something you are interested in, but instead takes you to ebay or a site just designed to click on MORE adsense ads. So you hit the back button and check out the next ad.

Seems normal to me. I do it a lot myself on sites I visit.

IMO. :)

6:26 pm on Sept 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Seems normal to me.

Me too, I worried at first but the practice is just too common for it not to be built into G's fraud detection algo.

It is common to return to the same site several times and use the same route over and over while shopping. It is also common for brain-dead surfers to pass out on their keyboards while clicking.

5:31 am on Sept 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You could squash the competition, just go to their blog and click all their Adsense links.

Suppose it isn't the OP's competition? There are people who click on ads because they hate them and want to drive these people off the web. And even if it is the competition, this type of behavior could get someone kicked out of AdSense if they figure out who's behind it.

7:34 am on Sept 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I do get multiple hits on pages - but not at an alarming rate. I would imagine some of these are genuine surfers who just aren't finding what they want when they click through. This could be because you Ad filter needs to take out a lot of the MFA sites. I would check to see what the users are landing on - probably irrelevant pages. :)

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