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How often do you accidentally click on your own ads?

How serious is this?

     

littlecubpanda

9:07 pm on Aug 5, 2013 (gmt 0)




It seems to happen to me every few months, when I'm trying to highlight a web address I want to block.

It's such a dumb, bone-headed move. For instance, I'm using a laptop and the mouse pointer is screwy and it's a real pain to highlight things, and there I went accidentally clicking.

I think I've clicked accidentally three times, but never with this IP address, though I doubt that matters. I'm sure my IP is logged with my adsense.

Sigh. It makes me sick that I did that.

littlecubpanda

8:02 pm on Aug 7, 2013 (gmt 0)



Ok, I'm glad SOME of you are still human and make the same mistakes.

Like I said, my bad click was subtracted and removed within an hour. It's probably a very simple automated process of comparing the IP address of the click to the Adsense acct.

super70s

11:32 pm on Aug 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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>1. I don't click on AdSense ads, anywhere. (Got into that habit right from
>the beginning in 2004).

I'll click on other sites' ads sometimes as a "favor" even though I'm not particularly interested in the ad. One is a Mac shareware site that use from time to time. I think I might have mistakenly clicked on my own ads one time, maybe two.

artefaqs

6:05 pm on Aug 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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3 times over the last 10 years.
Always the same - fell asleep with the mouse in my hand.
Each time, I duly reported myself.

I've done it about the same -- two or three times in about ten years. Usually when I was clicking somewhere else and the pointer jumped, or a window unexpectedly popped to the front.

But I didn't know you could report yourself for mistaken clicks. How does one do that?

BillyS

7:28 pm on Aug 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've clicked ads about three times in the last 9 years, the last time was probably about six years ago. That's really because I don't even look at the site as much as I used too. (I trust the pages are working as planned).

I did report it each time, just a quick note explaining exactly what happened (date / time), apologizing and asked them to please discount the click.

I wouldn't sweat a single click. One click does not make a pattern of abuse...

topr8

7:33 pm on Aug 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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>>In one word? Never.

i agree, i've been with adsense since about day 15 of the program and have never clicked on ad accidentally (or otherwise).

for me i don't hang out looking at my own sites for hours, so maybe that's the reason.

artefaqs

8:59 pm on Aug 13, 2013 (gmt 0)

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i don't hang out looking at my own sites for hours, so maybe that's the reason.

They must not be very good then.

/runs

piatkow

8:41 am on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It was easy to click accidentally when using a touch pad to capture the url of an ad and I used to happen about twice a year without any complaint from G. Once I started using a mouse again its probably happened once.

With fat fingers like mine its very easy to click accidentally on a smartphone but I have never done anything that would link the phone to my Google account.

zarathustra2011

10:58 am on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Think I accidentally caught a link once many, many years ago, but hit back on the browser so quickly I don't even know if it registered.

ehealthaccess

11:14 am on Aug 20, 2013 (gmt 0)



Never Clicked my ads up to know

littlecubpanda

10:00 pm on Aug 20, 2013 (gmt 0)



I just misclicked a youtube ad, thinking it was someone else's video and not my own... the ad was so enticing I didn't even think to pay attention.

Zivush

4:00 pm on Aug 25, 2013 (gmt 0)



Use and Ad Blocker extension on your browser, so you will never ever click an ad (even by mistake).

frankleeceo

12:21 am on Aug 26, 2013 (gmt 0)



In most cases google discount that misclick if you are logged in your own adsense account. I notice that my own impressions are always taken out.

But I do accidently click on it once in a while. Don't think there's anything to worry about...(unless you start mass clicking your own ads on a public computer like libraries...)
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