Adsense - Don't click on your own add ... ???

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by marcuslee, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. marcuslee

    marcuslee New Member

    I understand why Google doesn't want people to click on their own ad ... since that would be fraud. However, how do they know what computer you are using? IP address? Well, that's fine and dandy, but what if I use a public computer at the Library to update my webpage? And, then if someone clicks on my ad after I leave, would I get kicked off? Sounds like a dumb question to me, but I do use multiple computers, so it could theoretically happen.

  2. mabdeals

    mabdeals New Member

    I believe it is from IP address but I also think it is how often it is clicked from same IP address. Example: showed a friend who came over to my place my site and she clicked on one of the ads.(same computer that i started with) nothing happened to me.

    The amount of clicks per IP address is what they look at the most. If a bot was running, i am sure they can tell.

    ex: 10 clicks from same IP in an hour means more of a shared network
    but 200,000 clicks would draw some attention.

    But if you are really that worried about it, go to contact AdSense and ask them if this would be a problem. (Most likely they will say not a problem.)
  3. ruth

    ruth New Member

    Be very careful about not clicking on your own ads. If Google thinks you're doing it deliberately (it's called "click fraud") they will boot you off and you will NEVER get back on again.

    I'm not sure what voodoo they use to determine that you're clicking on your own ads (I'm sure your IP number has a lot to do with it) but take this very seriously. (Don't get freaky paranoid, but take it seriously.) If you ever accidentally click on your own ads, contact Google and let them know. (I've had to do this twice.)
  4. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    I agree with Ruth. I've talked to people who were banned from Google Adsense because they clicked their own ads. I assume they do register your IP address when you sign up for your account with them.

    It would be interesting to know though if they trace you through various computers. The library question is legit. If you find out from Google, Mark, do let us know.
  5. Emil_Iliev

    Emil_Iliev New Member

    They have very smart system to track the clicks. Just dont click on your own ads, and you will never have a problem.
  6. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    You should avoid logging into your account from public computers, some people have been banned.
  7. Evdayenterprise

    Evdayenterprise New Member

    I know a baseball coach who has a blog and all of his players look on it for updates about practice and stuff so everyone viewing the site came from the same area so all the clicks came from one area so they accused him of fraud and didnt pay him.
  8. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    I assume what pcwork means is that if you log into your adsense account from a particular computer, Google may consider that IP as one of yours and then penalize you if anyone else using that computer in future clicks on one of your ads.

    That may be true. I tend to avoid logging into my adsense account when I am not on my own personal computer just in case. Don't want to mess with "Mother Google." [​IMG]
  9. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Google uses IP addys, IP blocks, and MAC addys - to mention a few methods - to detect click fraud.

    When you are done at the library, just reboot the computer. That should clear your site out of RAM.

    Email Google to get the full story. Contact them if you accidently click your own ads. Take no chances. Banning due to click fraud is common.

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