Do you click on ads on hubpages?

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According to my online experience and my time spent with hubpages (going to be 3 years in October 2010) and other revenue sharing sites and blogs, I think that no one should click on other people's ads without any motive or interest in the product.

The reasons for not clicking on ads are:

1. These ads are served via adsense or kontera or any other advertising platform but real people I mean advertisers have invested money for showing them up on hubpages or any other sites. They pay the ad sites and ad sites pay to the publishers. Take it on yourself. If you would have been an advertiser and you find that someone is clicking on your ads without any reason, then how you would feel. For me, I will feel irritating and depressing and would like to switch off my ads from that advertising platform and turn to another site because unwanted ad clicking is wasting my money.

2. Most ads come up with the url of the site for which these ads are generated. Why don't you read the site address and type it in your browser and go through it. In this way, you are not clicking an ad, yours or others, and you are able to check out the product in which you are really interested. I admit to do this sometimes when I find some really interesting ads on my hubs.

3. Also on some rare occasions, I click on ads on hubpages on other's hubs whenever I find them really interesting or would like to gain some knowledge from that product or would like to really buy that product but that’s on a rare basis not frequently.

4. Clicking your fellow hubber’s ads will not make him/her rich but both your and his/her’s account will be on the verge of being terminated at any time without notice.

5. Click fraud occurs when you on click on your own ads or on other people’s ads without any real interest in the product but for just making you or him/her money out of this activity.

6. According to a recent survey, before the final termination of accounts of fraud ad clickers, some people experience overall low payout and decreased CPC or cost per click. This is an automated system used by advertising platforms like adsense, etc. to reduce the cost of per click on a page where the system has detected click fraud activities. For these people, most clicks give out only 0.01 cents each, so there is no profit and your hard work or if you have posted some articles will suffer.

7. According to a study, most people engaging in click fraud have a past experience of working on click ads make money, click ads for cash, click ads and get paid types of sites.

8. Most google adsense publishers lose their account due to engaging in click fraud activities. There are also some innocent publishers whose accounts get terminated due to a competitor clicking on their ads on a constant basis. If this is your case, I can help you out.

Some people experience abnormally increased click through rates (more than 5%) but decreased revenue. In this case, you can report to google adsense for invalid clicks here: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/request.py?contact=invalid_clicks_contact

I have reported adsense for invalid clicks around 5 times in three years. This way helps in saving your account when you suspect that someone is in a habit of clicking ads on your account without reason.

Least but not last, the only advice I can give to a new hubber is that never ever engage in click fraud activities by clicking on fellow hubber’s ads without any interest in the product. This can lead to your and/or your fellow hubber’s adsense account closure without notice as explained in google adsense terms and conditions and you will never make any income from hubpages.

Also read: Is it a breach of terms of google adsense program policies if someone clicks google ads on other hubs?

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psychicdog.net 6 years ago

Thanks Soni, good info. I have often felt like clicking an Ad on my site that I found interesting and when there are image ads it's tough because there is no url to follow up. Also, I actually think it would be a good move if Google changed their policy and did not have the Ads by Google near ads but instead requested publishers to put a sign at the top of pages with adverts saying something like: links clicked on this page may be Google Ads or some such like.


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Madama 6 years ago from Harrisburg PA

Thank you so much for the contact link. I do see some very suspicious clicks in my webanswers account and some of the huge number of clicks come in a short span of time. Thank you for the alert.


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robie2 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

I agree with you on this one-- honesty is always the best policy. What goes around comes around. Thanks for this


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

Good sound advice, especially for the novice hubber, Soni!


Buddy Lourcan 6 years ago

This is really straightforward. i was planning to click my own ads, but changed my mind after perusing your article. can you help me get my adsense account approve please?


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Ingenira 6 years ago

Good advice, thank you.


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joe w bennett 6 years ago from Clinton, MS, US of A

Thanks for laying it all out concerning click fraud and ad click courtesy. Until I got involved in my own online business, I never realized that clicking out of mild curiosity was costing the person paying for the ad money. Wish all newcomers to hubpage would find and read this hub.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

Those are important to know. Thank you for your advice.


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

In the beginning of my HubPages experience, I saw a empty square with a little red cross in the upper left hand corner. I did not know what it was, and made a right click on the cross, in order to ask the picture to be shown. Next it was opening a google add. I thought that this is going to cause me serious trouble. I closed it so quickly, feeling bad for opening an add on my own site. Now I am very cautious about those empty spaces. Perhaps google must look into that kind of problem. If we only want to see the Show picture option, the clicking on the cross must not open the whole advert, but only show the content as it would normally has shown. I think my settings block some content, and leave an option for me to choose to see the content. Maybe someone must help me with the correct firewall settings, to prevent this.


Kerry43 6 years ago

Excellent advice.

Have a great day!

Kez:)


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@psychic, madama, robie, randy, buddy, Ingenira, Joe, agusfanani, equealla, and kerry43, thanks a lot to all of you for understanding the concept behind clicking of ads on hubpages or any other revenue sharing models out there.


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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

The silly thing about reporting accidental clicks is that I've always gotten back the same silly "Don't do that" email. I KNOW not to do that, and I TOLD them it was accidental, so why chastise me as though I did not know or had done it on purpose?

Accidental clicks happen. I have a lot of windows and tabs open and sometimes you just miss what you were aiming at. It hasn't happened often, but Google has made me feel like a criminal when it does happen.

It would be EXTREMELY easy for them to note your IP when you check into to Google and then just ignore that IP until you sign in again if you happened to click on ads associated with your Google ID. That would be TRIVIAL and if they do not do it now, I really cannot imagine why not.

That would eliminate 90% of worry for us and them. It wouldn't eliminate true fraud, of course, but it would eliminate all this nonsense.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Pcunix for your incredible comment. Yes, I agree with your views. The same thing has happened with me also.


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big_C74 6 years ago

good stuff


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@rashal and big, thanks for your comments.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

I personally rare to click on any adsense in hubpages or other places , unless this adsense is helpful for me.


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bryteyedgemini 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I never relized there would be any problem with me clicking the ads of other hubbers, I have been clicking the ads that interest me the most on the pages I read and I actually read the ads pages and some of the things if and when I have the money I would buy, it never occured to me that reading ads could cause a problem, though I did know not to click my own

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