At least three times in the last couple of days, I have accidentally clicked on my own ad a the top of my pages. I'll be looking at a published page, and then trying to navigate back to my account by clicking on the link on the top right - where you see your username with a drop down - for which one of the choices is "my account". But instead of taking me to my account, it goes to whatever ad is at the top banner position. Now I know we can get cancelled by adwords if we click on our own ads, so I'm more than a little bit concerned about it. Now that I have figured out that drop down does not work for me, I know to navigate to my account differently. My question is, am I doomed? I have been putting my heart and soul into hub pages since the switch from Squidoo, and am feeling hopeful that I might actually be able to make this work. If adwords cancels my account, I'm not going to feel nearly as hopeful. I love to write, and really hope to get a little compensation for my work. (do what you love, right?) But this glitch has me worried and frustrated. Has this happened to anyone else? You would think that Google could figure out how to not give us credit for clicking on our own ads... I mean they are Google, after all.
I'm thinking I should take a break and see if they're going to cancel me before I put any more effort in. Or, should I write to them and explain what's happened on the front end?
Thanks for your help!
As other Hubbers have mentioned here, a few accidental clicks will not endanger your AdSense account, but in general do your best to avoid clicking on them in the future.
I can't comment on your situation regarding what will happen.
But I encourage you to install an adblock software on your browser to prevent this happening in the future, you can't click on your ads if they aren't there!
You could also set it to just block ads on your subdomain which would allow you to still support the websites you love by not blocking their ads.
Yes, Google will definitely know when you or your friends are purposefully clicking on your banner ads for profit. Their algorithms can predict to the penny the type of ad traffic that your article would generate and its progression, etc.... they also know what a genuine, organic ad revenue increase looks like when it goes viral and when only your friends and acquaintances are clicking on ads for you. If you have done it three times--I don't think that will be enough to warrant a red flag. Look at your ad revenue, if you see a giant spike in ad revenue on the days when you clicked then that might warrant an audit of your account. For now, I would switch to a different browser than the one you are using and avoid at all costs clicking on your ads. Hope this helps. You should know that Google is not playing around.
Nothing will happen for few accidental clicks. But be careful. Accidental clicks are not penalized unless they become huge. Never ever click on them in future. They know that sometimes ads get clicked accidentally.Don't panic.
Thanks so much for your help everybody. Feeling much more in control about it. I am much more careful now. I'm glad to know about the ad blocking software just in case.
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