A friend came in this morning and said, "I just made you a bunch of money!" I asked how and she explained that she'd gone through several of my articles and clicked madly at the ads. GAAAAH!!
I don't want to lose my Adsense account! Does anyone know if there's anything I can do to save me from being ejected? I haven't made a penny off those errant clicks, yet, but I'm thinking it isn't in real time.
Just write them and tell them what happened and they will sort it out.
One thing you should now NEVER do is log in to your adsense account from your friends computer. Please determine which computer she used, and never ever use it!
Somewhere in Google policies, they say what to do if you know you got some potentially violating clicks,
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/ … topic=8423
Hey, here's the specifics,
https://www.google.com/support/adsense/ … ks_contact
Hi relache, I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of us all. You are always there to help with good advice. I seldom follow you in to the help area, as I know you will have it covered. You really are of great value here!
It just says the page I want isn't in my language....?..
Thank you, Relache the second link worked for me. Thank you so much, I wrote them and now I feel better.
Did you punch them in the face?
But seriously, this is why I don't tell most people I know in real life about what I do online. Those that know a little more about what I do and who want to find out more get explained how it works. And some of those, before I get onto the the bit about click fraud, will say "so I can make money from clicking on my own ads?" NO!
It's not that they're people inclined towards fraud, they put two and two together and logically come up with a motive for their action. They don't realise that a click is actually costing someone money.
Did you explain to the person in question how it works, what they've done and a possible consequence of their action?
If I were you I'd be talking to everyone you've ever sent a link to and let them know what the deal is.
I never let anyone in my offline life know what I have online for that reason. You just don't know what people will think up to do. Eventually, I told a few very close people (and even then I worried that one may try to "help" me; because he started to talk about sending a lot of e.mails out, telling people to go to my stuff. I know he meant well, but he started talking about numbers of e.mails he could send out, and I had to really be emphatic about that one before he got going on that "project").
Real life people only found out about my online writing through Facebook
I think it can be tricky for people not doing online writing to be able to sort out the difference between fooling around online, writing as an earning hobby, writing professionally, and whatever else. My stuff (at least the stuff written under my name here) is somewhere between "business" and "fun" writing, so I think it's too easy for friends or family to just think you're doing a kind of "MySpace thing", and there's no business (serious, rule-following, no-nonsense) aspect to it.
Yes, Relache helped me today. Thank you thank you thank you! I thought I'd told everyone not to click away, but I guess she forgot. You can bet I did let her know the consequences for me and she feels bad, but I haven't heard back from Google, yet so I'm still worried. Boy, live and learn.
You seem to have covered your bases well.
If the clicks never appeared than either google automatically discounted them as fraudulent clicks( they do, do that)or your "helper" magically only managed to get hubpages share or maybe even assumed that click on an amazon link would lead to earnings for you?
From what i hear, when things go bad, their notifications are pretty quick, your window has hopefully past.
I have to second..no, third the Relache support! def only got the best of information when i got started using the site last year and a year later she is still here always prepared with a helpful and concise answer, usually w/ a supporting link..top notch
A few weeks ago I was showing a friend some of my hubs, we were signed in as me on her computer, and before I could stop her she clicked on a google ad. I was very upset, not at her she didn't know but as soon as I got home I emailed HubPages. They said not to worry I wouldn't be kicked off Hubpages and they said thanks for the heads up. Now I don't tell anyone what I am doing at Hubpages or anywhere else. Scared me though.
Thank you, Ryan, she used a public library computer, so I won't be logging in on that. SunForged thanks for your input, too. That makes me feel better.
And here's a fourth for Relache! Thank you, Angel!
I have told my family about my writing here and advised them about the dangers of getting click happy on the google ads. I don't think its helpful even if google doesn't wise up to whats going on, the way I figure it, if I can't get genuine clicks I am not doing good enough with my writing. I tend to learn through trial and error and would rather learn by having hubs that don't get clicks or traffic then get artificial traffic or clicks cause then I can't compare what hubs do well against what hubs do poorly. I think my family has gotten that message as they have not come to read any of my hubs!
this is kind of scary. what if you DON'T know you got mad clicks? say from a stranger or something on a site where you publish backlinks? what then?
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