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Banning by Impressions?

for traveling my own site?



8:52 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I was wondering if you have ever heard of people being banned from Adsense just because the Publisher was recorded as viewing the ads on his/her site too many times. I mean, I have Adsense on my site but I also participate on my own site; forums, blogs, checking information, etc....will those impressions by myself get me banned?

What precautions do you place on your computer to guard against faulty clicks, etc...?

Does anyone use the option where you place like the Google server address into your hosts file, to stop ads from showing up?




9:08 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you mean that you have clicked on Google ads that appear on your pages, then yes, do it too often and you will get banned. As a rule, don't click on any Google ads that appear on your site. If you are really interested on viewing those pages, make a note of the url and type it into your browser to view the site.


9:15 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

The OP said viewing their own ads, not clicking them, and no, I've never heard of anyone being banned because of it.


9:33 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I was meaning "viewing" ads, not clicking them. I understand that clicking them would get your banned; I just didn't know if too many impressions by your IP could get you banned.

Thank you for answering my question.




10:14 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I place pagead2.googlesyndication.com in my host file to prevent adsense ads from appearing on all my computers since I do alot of page views myself when working on the site, checking layout, plugins, etc...
One of the ways I keep myself out of my statistics.


11:05 pm on Dec 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I just put that code in my hosts file; that will help out my statistics as well as I am constantly roaming around my site! :-)

My statistics will probably turn out a bit better as well, because I have a pretty small niche! Higher CTR!


1:03 am on Dec 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Even better than the host file deal is to use Adblock Plus on Firefox or IE7Pro on Internet Explorer. This way you have the option of enabling or disabling the ads with just a click.


1:19 am on Dec 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks; I am using Adblock now and it works perfectly.

Cheerful Trails,



5:48 pm on Dec 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Please explain how to put: pagead2.googlesyndication.com

in you host file.

What is a host file?

I know just enough to be dangerous!

Thanks, RickHisself


7:30 am on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you are running Windows 2000 or XP, (not sure about Vista), there is a file located on your system in this location:

Its called hosts
no file extension.
open it up with Notepad and you should see a line that says: localhost

Start a new line below that and put: pagead2.googlesyndication.com

Save the file.

This is what mine looks like:

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
# For example:
# rhino.acme.com # source server
# x.acme.com # x client host localhost pagead2.googlesyndication.com kona.kontera.com widget.blogrush.com

You will have to start a new browser window, not tab, in order for the changes to take effect. I use IE7 (and proud of it) but as mentioned before, there are plugins out there for both IE and FF.


12:22 pm on Dec 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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i think "Viewing" ADS does not Banns your account....

But yes numerous "Clicking" will.



9:52 pm on Dec 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Under Vista, the hosts file still exists but you will need the additional step that when you start Notepad, you will need to start it by right clicking Notepad, and select "Run as Administrator" or else the hosts file won't save at all.


4:11 pm on Dec 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

I know just enough to be dangerous!

Why not just disable javscript, it's easy enough to do in Firefox and Opera?


9:19 pm on Dec 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I do view my adverts, mainly to check from time to time to make sure no MFA's/non relevant advertisers etc - though on my forums I have them disabled when I am loged in. Yeah this may have a slight hit on any CPM adverts but unless someones paying 100$ for 1000 views I dont think the sums involved for 2 or 3 page views would cause google to take action (saying that seting up a refresh page on a page with addsense would...)

The only way to stop me viewing my own adverts would for google to give a much better solution than their current preview tool (now a list of all adverts displayed in the last 24 hours would be a dream come true, + rate and - rate them to fine tune the algo...)


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