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Google Adsense - Noticing fraud clicks, what to do?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by seoguy81, Nov 23, 2011.

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  1. seoguy81

    seoguy81 Power Member

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    My adsense account is over 4 years old. I installed statcounter a week ago in order to get a better understanding of my traffic. Yesterday I noticed in my 'Exit links>visitor paths' that someone from Bulgaria came to my site via search and clicked on Google ads.. 10 times, 1 every minute or so.

    My adsense stats however didn't record all of those clicks.

    The question is, should I let this pass by or would I be called paranoid to let google know about this or should I ban the IP address entirely?

    I'm hoping my account won't be messed up just for a few clicks?
     
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    uggoza Junior Member

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    Big G does not care their publishers unless they are big boys. In any case it's better to report the issue. It may help. On the other hand block the IP of Bulgarian visitor. (hope it is static)
     
  3. ezines

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    Sometimes statcounter is too sensitive that even it's not a click it will register as a click. But, as a safety, you can report it. Refer to the following links below. However, Google will not respond to you if it's not really an invalid clicks.

    Code:
    https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=62472#q2
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    https://www.google.com/support/adsense/bin/request.py?hl=en&contact_type=invalid_clicks_contact&rd=2
    Read this Adsense forum thread, it will give you some insights.
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    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/AdSense/thread?tid=17f3671c6396640b&hl=en
     
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  4. goliard

    goliard Registered Member

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    I wouldn't be so sure that you should report, I know a case of a guy whose Google account was closed because he made a report about his site, so...
     
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  5. Kickflip

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    Agree I never advise people to report issues like this. Google will have no reason to ban you for some clicks from Bulgaria. The only reason Google would ban your account from Invalid Clicks is if they suspect you are doing them, or they have reason to believe you told someone to do them.

    A normal Adsense user wouldn't be checking the stats like you are to see who clicked his ads vs. what the Adsense manager shows. Google might be wondering "why is this guy checking these clicks so carefully. he is trying to keep his click through rate at a certain %.".

    Normal adsense users do not do this. Fraudsters do this.

    If I worked for Google adsense team, I would be doing some major reviewing over your site if you came to me with an issue like this because it just seems so bizarre that you would be tracking that and worrying about it.
     
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    Yep, I would act as "normal" as possible. Normal publishers probably wouldn't pick up on this, so I wouldn't do anything.

    I would only report if I clicked my own ads accidentally or noticed a huge clickboming attack.