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Today I logged in and found a page of mine had 17 impressions, and 18 clicks! That doesn't seem right. I do have two ad banners, so maybe someone was looking at all of the ads? It just looks a little fishy.
Would this be a sign of click fraud, and how do you even protect against it?
(I will do some searching in the past posts)
Probably the best thing you can do is read a simple stats tutorial and learn what the standard variance of your key statistics are, so you don't get into a tizzy over "unusual" numbers that are actually well within 2 standard deviations of normal for your website. See the recurring threads of the form "My Traffic/Clicks/Earnings Have Plunged Today!" for good examples of folks who have no idea how much variance is in their numbers normally.
Today I logged in and found a page of mine had 17 impressions, and 18 clicks! That doesn't seem right.
That's not unusual. Happens frequently. It only becomes visible when you have low impressions, such as you are experiencing. Not a problem to worry about.
WiseWebDude, yes, I have done that before as well. Pressing Ctrl and clicking on a bunch of ad links to see if one matches what I am looking for.
When I discovered there is something that is not right, well of course I investigated the issue and reported it to G. I get all the possible ip addresses that I suspected where the attacks came from and emailed this to G. G has responded that they have noted my concern and and will check my account for any suspicious activity.
The attack is random, not the same time and using different ip addresses and came from different countries. Until now the attack is still going on, and I keep on filtering the ip addresses so that it could nod access my sites. The logger that I use is useless. If only there is a program out there where or adsense logger that could help me solve this problem of click attacks.
1- those who think let google take care of the click fraud as they have better tool.
2- those who think no let us prevent it because usualy when google find out about such activities on small fishes they immediately kill the fish and don't bother about baning some ip etc..
there are some tools like adlogger and asrep etc.. but they not accurate and usualy not working after latest adsense update.