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I'm a newcomer to AdSense and have been reading this forum for a while, trying to learn as much as I can before I get involved with the Google AdSense program.
By far the most concerning aspect is that it appears to me - based on what I have been reading - that a lot of people are frightened half to death about getting banned when they have done nothing wrong. It seems wrong that someone can wipe out someone else's income by the simple act of clicking on their adverts too many times.
So, for me and any other newcomers who read this, could the more experienced AdSense users out there give some advice as to the best way an AdSense user can protect themselves from malicious click activity right from the start - rather than find out when it's too late?
I have read about AdLogger, but I'm not sure if this is the answer.
Thanks very much.
A bigger risk for a newcomer is "helpful" friends clicking crazily to try and make you rich.
But if you are concerned, then monitor activity - and be sure to tell Google before they tell you!
I'm glad to hear that it is a rare occurrence. From reading the forum (and one or two other forums) the whole banning scenario seems to be subject to some mystical arbiter that has a lot of people scared due to an outrageously insufficient recourse.
What monitoring/blocking tools are there that can be used to protect against these half-witted click-attackers?
AS is fine. It's not a bucket of free money, but it is fairly hassle-free.
DO NOT rely on it as your main source of income; it's too variable for that for a start.
- Be good to your site visitors, because some angry person is a potential click-bomber.
- Do not be too good because some grateful person can decide to click multiple times to increase you earnings
- never place a note like "click on my ads" or "do not click on my ads". Both would attract attention to ads, potentially leading to click bombing (it is also AdSense TOS infringement)
- notify AdSense Support as soon as you notice unusual activity. Always.
The last item is the most important. It will help you to recover in case you got banned.
What is FUD?
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.
notify AdSense Support as soon as you notice unusual activity. Always.
Absolutely. I had a problem with a 'click-happy' idiot the other day. I immediately notified Adsense (who'd already dealt with the situation by not crediting the clicks), but I like to hope that contacting them and offering logs to help them identify the culprit counts for something.
I also like to hope that aside from the occasional mistake, Google is clever enough to be able to determine whether the clicks have come from the publisher's machine or from elsewhere. In most cases where someone's been banned, there's usually more to it than we're ever made aware of here on WebmasterWorld.
We've also seen several cases where G has made a mistake, the publisher can be reinstated once they've completed investigations.
Basically, Adsense's advice to me was stay within TOS, notify us of anything suspicious and we'll work with you - just keep your nose clean.