joined:July 3, 2015
For the last few days my Adsense Top Sites is being exploited.
Below is a link to an image of what is happening and a small sample of my problem.
At least 200 sites. NONE of these sites are sending me traffic in Analyitcs or coming up in my server logs or coming up on any of my other ad networks.
This only happening with Adsense and I have at least 200 sites, some of them being well established sites and some not even operational - but all of them are using the "box" name in front of the domain.
It's almost like some new form of attack or spam to screw up page view numbers.
Only verified sites can use our tags.
However, this is screwing up our page view numbers, our RPM, and other Adsense stats. I have no idea what my "real" stats are anymore because someone is screwing around.
I spoke to some of the site owners of a few domains listed in Top Sites, and 99% of them don't even use Adsense - like Box Office Mojo, a major movies news site owned by IMDB that only deals in direct buys.
I posted my problem on the Adsense help forum, and sure enough I was contacted by other site owners who are being page view bombed in the same manner - with large numbers of domains being listed on Top Sites, with the same word starting off the domain name. This has been going on for a week now.
I contacted Adsense about the problem, others have too. It's been days and nobody has reached out to me (or the other site owners) from Adsense.
The only silver lining is there is no click bombs going on. Clicks are within normal range, only some annoying page view bomb.