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In other news, Google endorses IE 6, by once again offering AdSense Preview Tool as the only remedy for self-clicking -- a tool that only works with Windows and IE 6. With all their billions, couldn't Google cough up, say, $10,000 to have someone make a similar tool for FireFox? AdSense Preview Tool continues to emit the odor of abandonware.
And the stench of dead cows too..
I resigned myself to the fact that Google does not want me to really see who my advertisers are the day my dead cows tool stopped opening the sites when I click the ads in it, and when it is impossible to get it to show an advertiser I am seeing on my pages no matter how geo locations I try.
Maybe they think if they make it too cool, friendly, and actually working (Grrrr) our visitors might start installing them and use them instead of clicking ads, imagine the AdSense Preview Tool with cool black and white cow skins becoming the top installed browser gadget, even better, Microsoft including it preinstalled in its next browser, I'll raise you one, Yahoo promoting it in PPC campaigns and rewarding visitors that install it like Google is doing with Firefox :-)
But Google has ways to check for invalid clicks and can probably recognize 1, 2, or 3 accidental clicks from the same source. Not really sure how you can accidentally click an ad 3 times, but...
Maybe they've become inundated with emails from newbie publishers trying to keep themselves in the Adsense network.
How that works for people with dialup and AOL, I have no idea. All I know what I've seen myself.
That's what I think they do also. FWIW, I've had accidental clicks over the years and never told Google and the clicks as far as I could tell never were counted.
I would be willing to bet that any clicks from IPs that had logged into AdSense within a specific amount of time would be removed.
added: I guess I was beaten by others :-)
Like Google didn't already know automatically one picosecond after the click.
Google is not some irrational, vengeful sky-god who bans on a single click. In fact, I have never met a single person who has ever been banned from Adsense.
I also got spammed by someone on behalf of another website online the lines of "please click on my ads as I am only $10 away from getting a cheque", letting it slide for now, but I will not hesitate to report the site if it happens again.
Yes "they see you when you're sleeping. They know when you're awake. They know if you've been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake!"
Didn't you know all computers sold since 1995 have an integral camera which looks at who is typing and transmits it back to G and they use massive image comparison software to determine if the person typing is the same one who ever set up an Adsense account... So if you're going to attempt this make sure your computer is older than 1995 ;)