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Please, please, tell me any theory you have for this, I'm willing to listen.
I wonder if a Google employee in other area doesn't know what Adsense ads are....
Or may be he/she genuinely wanted to meet all the companies advertised (I have super-targeted ads in a tech niche).
What you are seeing is the google bots checking the pages.
Note, that I'm not reading the server logs, but my home made tracker.
Plus, I don't think Google Bot have to search a keyword on Google and follow the links on SERPS, the click on the ads!, Note that I explained this in the OP.
tell me any theory you have for this, I'm willing to listen.
You did something that sounded suspicious to Google, maybe while developing your click tracker.
This triggered a manual review: a Guy from Google came to inspect your ads, and tested your ads to check if they were working ok, or if you were "intefering" with the mechanism...
Perhaps you are you using ca-test as a pub-id in some test page, and they wanted to see what was happening...
I don't want to sound racist, please don't take it bad. But I see the most clickers from India, Iran, Pakistan, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, etc. I mean, in a Pageview/Adsense clicks ratio.
How does it related to you? If people from third world countries are clicking on your ads how they are getting paid and it is you who are getting money..
So don't write something you are not sure of.
I hope you're right and they have a filter.
Very good theory, thanks. I do use the testing id's but never from my site, I do that all on a development machine. This tracker has been running since June, I think that's not the problem. But just recently I'm generating reports from the collected data so, I realized this.
Respecting "This triggered a manual review: a Guy from Google came to inspect your ads.", remember: the guy came from a google search for my keyword, I see that in the referral.
I don't understand what you understood. I just said that US visitors, according to my stats, are not very "clickers" and less much a Google employee.
And I just said that, according to my stats, the people who are more prone to click google ads are from those countries.
So, respecting "So don't write something you are not sure of. " , again, according to my stats, I'm sure of.
I searched by IP and I see human visitors in the past from that IP. In the past visits they didn't click anything, but one visit came from an adword campaign.
This site is techie, so I don't see it strange if I get visits from there, just I didn't see it before.
The fun is this: I saw another visitor from the same IP visiting an artist fan website I have with mmmh partial nudes (not with adsense, of course!) in working hours! LOL
More fun: other visitor from Google complex used Live.com to find my site (the techie, not the artist)!
It's just like we can click ads when surfing *other* websites.
As for posting surfing habits of individual visitors in a public forum, no matter where they work, that is violating privacy in my book (and to the letter of the law where I live as well (INAL))
as you know the quarter ends next week. Please use the 20% of the time wisely; we could use a good quarter in Adsense revenue.
probably Goog has their corporate IPs excluded from the totals.
As for posting surfing habits of individual visitors in a public forum, no matter where they work, that is violating privacy in my book
Don't get paranoid. Can you identify the people I was talking about? I think you don't.
So, who's privacy is violated here?
Again, that's paranoid.
Go out more often, there are thousands of sites which stats are public and indexed!
Whenever to publish or edit a new page showing Adsense, you will see a visit from Mountain View.
But that will say MediaPartners of Googlebot in the user agent, not IE 6.0!
Google has proxy services which sends traffic to sites that is NOT google's bots or employees. Possible suspects include the translation services, their mobile proxy and the web accelerator to mention a few.
Could be a Google employee testing something on your site, but if it isn't, I certainly wouldn't be too concerned one way or the other because if Google can't stop click fraud coming through it's own IP addresses then AdSense will never survive.
step away for a bit and key_master beats me to it[/edit]
[edited by: incrediBILL at 2:05 am (utc) on Feb. 22, 2007]
He/She (probably a She due to the words used in the search) seemed to just be doing some typical surfing, perhaps on a lunch hour, planning to use the information once she was back at home. Probably just an office worker not in a technical position.