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I actually signed up after the click through so if they're tracking conversions or whatever they got one from my site I guess so that would be a good thing, but it's not inflated because it was legitimate.
Anyone ever do this? Anything to worry about with it?
It was a fantasy fishing ad. I've never even heard of fantasy fishing, but I do keep up with that kind of stuff, sad as I am to admit it, and I play fantasy football, so why not.
I'm probably paranoid, but it would be ironic to get booted from adsense for something like that.
No idea how you find the image ad url though - should be interested to know if someone else can tell us. I've done the stupid bit so some helpful responses will surely follow.
"Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is prohibited."
That sentence is actually in bold.
How to find the URL of an ad:
1. Right-click on the ad title and select either Copy Shortcut (IE) or Copy Link Location (Netscape).
2. Open a text editor, such as Notepad, and paste the selection into the text editor.
3. The destination URL of the ad is the text between 'adurl=' and '&'.
If I was credited for it, and it still hasn't shown up, it was probably at best 20 cents.
Not only did I register, but created a league and mailed 10 other people to register and join my league and I'm paying 39 dollars for the "players advantage" or whatever it's called.
I don't intentionally click my own ads other than today, though I have accidentally clicked them before because they were close to the navigation (moved it down a bit) so I guess if I get booted for that, then so be it.
Earnings are half what they were this time last year for about the third month in a row despite sustained traffic and conversions in all other ares. Maybe it will motivate me to get off my lazy ass and contact people directly.
Anyway, I just thought I'd throw it out there because it's the first time I've ever been appealed to by an ad on my own website enough that I clicked it.
I wish they'd just make a way for us to put our IP in so we could click away and it would be automatically discounted as a publisher click. It would beat the heck out of right clicking to get properties and scrolling 400 yards to the right to see the url of the advertiser in the code then pasting it into the browser.
Intentionally clicking seems like kind of a foolish thing to do under ANY circumstances, but it's your account so rock on.
Just in case they are all seeing I'd like to point out that I never click ads even on other peoples site's. And even now im wondering if they can track who's writing this post.
Maybe that's what they're going to do with the web beacons.
And why you need to know how to manage cookies:-)