Means if a single IP is shared among multiple users like in case of big organizations, and someone logged-in on HP. Clicks from other users will be treated as invalid clicks even though they are valid.
I second this. Adsense will have logged your IP address when you set up your account, and they probably log it everytime you sign in.
Now there are 6 billion people on the planet - what are the odds that someone with the same IP address as yours ends up clicking your ads? Infinitesmal. Therefore if they see this pattern, they will immediately assume click fraud.
The only decent clicks to get are those that come from complete strangers via the search engines, preferably from a city, state or continent miles away from yours!
Ok I am typing this from work ok, I also type from home and have posted a hub from a friends house. Google Adsense will know all 3 ips link back to that person, and if you even attempt to click you risk the chance of losing your account.
Trust me my friend Google are no fools, as to your question I myself have an alter-ego but only for the purpose of a different niche. Hope that helps !
If you are posting from office, and any colleague from your office clicks on any ad. So it does not mean you are trying to fool Google. But if your account gets blocked, and you never clicked on any ad, who is at fault dear.
You can try this even with 1000s of different IDs. Your account will get banned within 15 days. I Bet. Google has different formulas to check fraud clicks. If making money with adsense was that easy, I would have become a millionaire by now.
Jeniferr, I do not want to click on my ads, I was just curious to know why some persons use multiple accounts. And from the discussion so far, it is understood that multiple accounts being used to cover different niches...
Cris can't fault you. I'm going to make a second account and write about topics that's gonna allow me to give up my day job, mop up some greenbacks, drink twice as much coffee, smoke twice as many Malboro and keep me in gorgeous flip flops. Maybe ... or maybe I'll just end up with a load of roll ups and instant coffee
I must say it's going to be the wisest decision you will be making as far as your hopping life on HP is concerned. But make sure to let me in on the secret identity so I could leave a snarky comment or two!
Not everyone is on wifi though. People with dial-up access with have a static IP address, and people on broadband will have a small range. Most orgs will have a small range.
The planet is massive, with billions online. The idea that coincidently someone is clicking on your ads and has the same IP address as you is, well, fantastic.
Plus your IP address will show which city you are logged in from. Even if you are geo-targetting your hubs, the odds that all your clicks would naturally only come from a small city are infinitesmal. Say you are geo-targetting the UK - what are the odds that all the clicks to your hub will come from say Norwich city, while the people in larger cities ignore your site? It wouldn't happen naturally, that's for sure.
Don't click your own ads. It's too risky. All those thinking they are smart enough to deceive Google are deluding themselves.
Dialup is not static, you generally get a new one everytime you dial up.
Nearly every ISP refreshes your address every 24/48 hours.
If you've a home network, the only device in your house that has an IP address actively on the internet is your router.
The router than gives everything connected to it an IP address (this is called subnetting) and acts as a go-between from the internet to you and vice versa.
My point is that while yes, it may be possible for Google to investiage click fraud, there's also a lot of valid reasons why a number of people would visit the same website from the same IP.
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Keep in mind static IPs are rare and generally only owned by ISPs and the likes. Your ISP can issue you a static IP from their end, for sure. But its not an "offical" static IP as registered with ICANN and what not. Again, its just subnetting.
The only permanent address all network cards have is their MAC address. Cellphones also have ESNs, other devices similar things.
Each packet of information you send and receive has your MAC address and this is used by routers to know where to send your requests for stuff on the internet back to you.
There, now my networking certification wasn't entirely a waste.
If you are on a broadband connection, you could have the same IP address for days, weeks, months. Depends on how often you reboot the router.
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There are certainly little troublemakers running around using multiple personalities, but, there are also those who use other accounts as a way to get out other forms of writing or for things they don't feel they can express under an account everyone "knows"
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