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The downside of using allowed sites

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4:45 pm on Dec 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This new interface has some synch issues between exporting a csv, the first "Today so far" estimated earnings and the "Today" statistics that run horizontally across the browser in the middle.

I watched a sizable click (>$20) get recorded in the horizontal bar and was then exported via csv in the custom channel file for that ad spot. It however was not recorded in the first "Today so far" spot or my URL Channels report I have set up.

The data stayed like this for a good five minutes, so I pulled up the "Sites" data and the click occured on an IP address - that I subsequently discovered was from a Yahoo cache of the page.

Five minutes later, all evidence of the click has disappeared from my reports with the exception of the click (with no earnings) in the custom channel report. (As a result my EPC is now incorrect) And I probably never would have seen this if I hadn't been checking my stats at the precise right moment.

I guess my question is: Is this acceptable breakage for using the allowed sites filter? I've now added all those IP addresses as well as yahoo.com to my allowed sites (of course it's not returning the click revenue though) but should I just not use allowed sites at all?

And if you allow an IP address, does it also allow all the domains on that server?
9:37 pm on Dec 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I seems unrelated. We have all had income "disappear" when G decides it's not valid for some reason.
10:56 pm on Dec 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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using allow sites is like giving Google free money for a little bit of safety.

If something bad happen, it would be easy to explain to Google that X copied your content with Adsense code and you didn't know.

But the lose of revenue is huge. Web Cache and other not allow site generate a nice bit of income "Free income to Google is you block them all".

I was shock to see $20 from web caches.

If you find a site that's unacceptable, send a request to them, and tell google, but i would never block them all. One spammer scraped my content, and I'm making good money from it, they can have it as long as my ad are there.

But i found one site i didn't want my code there, contact them they remove it. Simple.
9:13 am on May 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Web Caches And Other also includes Bing.tld(image search) and Yahoo.tld(image search) which, for me, represent the bulk of the Web Caches and Other hits. I call them hits and not visits because there is no traffic, my pages are being opened in a frame on those sites. Make sure to allow these if you use the whitelist.
12:34 pm on May 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't use allowed sites because I have too many sites and there are too many Google (and other search engine) iterations to get it accurate. I use noarchive on all my sites, so there's no cache.

But this is something different - you probably lost that click because it was deemed invalid, not because it had anything at all to do with your allowed sites.