It is not worth the lose of your adsense account to click on your own ads. on your own hubs.
Nor do I click on other hubbers' ads. on the site in case it is seen as an infringement by adsense and I lose the person their account. That might be over cautious but I prefer not to risk it.
One other thing to be aware of is - if you tell friends or family and they go on a clicking the ads spree you could lose your account. It has happend to people - if what you read in the forums is to be believed.
You'll get varying opinions on this, but I would never take the chance on losing my Adsense account. Nothing is that interesting. Something I have done is open up another browser window and type in some of the exact text from an ad that I might be interested in and try to find it myself.
That would be hard to prove. Don't you think everyone would try to say that if caught? What would keep people from claiming that even when it wasn't so? People create elaborate "I scratch your back, you scratch mine" schemes to make sure each other profits. IMO, It's just not worth it to click on anything unless you're prepared to give up your own account over it.
For once, I don't understand what you are saying. The question was about clicking on other hubbers' ads, not one's own. I feel entitled to click on other hubbers' ads that interest me, as I have no contractual or other business relationship with them. If there are rules against that, please enlighten us. I am of course talking about clicking on a few ads once in awhile, not massively or systematically clicking on ads.
And what if two peole said, "I'll click on yours if you click on mine?" "I'll act like I'm interested in yours and you act like you're interested in mine". "If caught, we'll both say we didn't know, and we really were interested in that stuff".
See the problem?
That's the crap that happens and that's why it's not a good idea. Hubbers "helping" hubbers is bad bad bad bad IMO.
I'm telling you I never would and why I think it's a bad idea for anyone else to. You're welcome to click wherever you want. The question was asked, I responded with my best advice. Anyone can take my advice or leave it.
Once in a while MIGHT not set off alarm bells at Google, but does anyone know what the cutoff is? No. So, why chance it? Why chance clicking once too many that makes you or the other person (or BOTH) lose their account?
Unlikely, unless you are continually clicking on ads from the same publisher.
I have been with Adsense since 2003 and have earned more than $50,000 in that time. I have no hesitation whatsoever in clicking on any ad that interests me if it's running on someone else's site. As that is hardly a daily occurrence and as it is unlikely to repeat on the same site, Google would have no reason to even begin to think that was fraud.
Basically, unless you are click-happy, this is a total non-issue. Yes, never click on your own ads. Anyone else is fine unless you plan to make it a habit - and how likely is that unless you are up to no good?
KCC, I only quoted you this from yesterday's conversation because Pcunix had done so a few minutes before (see above). I agreed with you yesterday, and was merely trying to express that - in spite of what Pcunix has now said - I am still in agreement with you today.
If something truly interests you that much, find another way to research it. There is usually enough information on the ad to help you find it in a normal Google search. Sometimes the web address is even there. Open another browser window and look it up, don't click through. Again, just my opinion on how to safeguard yourself from being accused of click fraud by Google.
1) Get in the habit of never clicking PPC ads. No exceptions. Apply the 'rather be safe than sorry' policy here.
2) If you really, absolutely, positively have to click on an ad, do a right click and "Copy Link Location". Then copy and paste that into a Notepad text document.
It will probably start with http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/, what you need to do is go through and see where the target domain is pointing to. So there'll be a bunch of textual mess before it, and some after it, and somewhere in there will be the domain that has bought the click and the URL where they're sending it.
If your browser does have the option to "copy link location" as dark side suggested above, you can do that too, but not all browsers have that and copying to an editor is an extra step.
Whichever way, if you select only the ultimate destination, you are not violating any policy. Google doesn't care if you visit the advertiser, they just don't want your Adsense account getting credit. It's as simple as that.
It is generally a good idea to get familiar with the topic yourself, before advising others.
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