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Accidental click fraud?

  1. nakmeister profile image87
    nakmeisterposted 6 years ago

    I have absolutely no intention of ever doing so, but has anyone any idea what does count as click fraud? i.e. 1 click, 2 clicks or lots? I can imagine it isn't that difficult if you do adsense long enough to at some point accidentally click on one of your own ads then your future earnings could be wiped out in a careless moment. I once accidentally clicked on one of my own ads when using Adwords to promote a site I had (I doubt Google would be bothered about that!) - cost me 15p but accidentally clicking on your own adsense ad could cost a lot, lot more.

  2. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    There is no such thing as accidental click fraud. I hope that helps. wink

    1. BRIAN SLATER profile image85
      BRIAN SLATERposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      cags, with some of the flashing advertisements that are being used now days, when your moving your cursor around the screen quickly I think it can easily happen. It certainly worries me when i pass my cursor over them.

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I think his point is that if it is accidental, it is not fraud and if it is fraud, it is not accidental.

  3. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 6 years ago

    I've read on the forums from the "old pros" that if you accidentally click one of your owns ads once in a great while, Google will understand. I think I did it once when I first started on HP.

    1. Ultimate Hubber profile image81
      Ultimate Hubberposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I second that!

    2. David 470 profile image87
      David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I third that!

  4. Pcunix profile image89
    Pcunixposted 6 years ago

    Absolutely.I have done it two or three times over seven years.  Accidents happen and Google are  not idiots.

    1. nell79 profile image85
      nell79posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      "not not" hmmmmmmmm.........does that mean that they are idiots? lol

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        No, it means I am.

        1. nell79 profile image85
          nell79posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I thought it was possible it was a typo, was just checking wink LOL

          1. Pcunix profile image89
            Pcunixposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Tiny keyboard, big fingers, small brain, weak vision.

            It all works against me.

            1. Rosie2010 profile image82
              Rosie2010posted 6 years ago in reply to this

              that's so funny!

            2. theherbivorehippi profile image83
              theherbivorehippiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              lol smile

            3. David 470 profile image87
              David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

              LOL

  5. Pamela N Red profile image92
    Pamela N Redposted 6 years ago

    I find myself using the zoom in feature more and more. I feel your pain.

    1. Pcunix profile image89
      Pcunixposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Worse, I'm on an iPad, not an iPhone smile

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I find myself constantly having to correct myself after typing on my iPad, it tends to replace words without me noticing it.

        1. Pcunix profile image89
          Pcunixposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          You can shut that off in Settings.

  6. RedElf profile image85
    RedElfposted 6 years ago

    I have enough trouble adjusting down to a laptop keyboard - ye gods! ...an iPad! I'd need one of those embroidery magnifiers on a stand.

    1. Julie2 profile image60
      Julie2posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have one of those flat magnifiers I keep in my wallet just in case! lol
      It looks like a credit card.

  7. Brie Hoffman profile image79
    Brie Hoffmanposted 6 years ago

    I did it once by accident and nothing happened.  What happened is that I was looking at one of my hubs and I really wanted to know what a particular ad was and clicked on it...not thinking about it and then after I looked at the ad I realized what I had done.  But nothing happened and it was only once.

  8. Bible Studies profile image79
    Bible Studiesposted 6 years ago

    Once in a blue moon is ok. It is when they start to see a click from you every day, multiple clicks from you in a week, or a bunch of clicks from the same IP address. I heard a while back to watch out for friends going to your website or hubs and start frequently clicking on your Google ads just to help you out. An unusual spike in ads without an unusual spike in traffic raises a red flag.

  9. thisisoli profile image59
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    An occasional click probably wont get you banned, but once you lose your adsense account you wont ever get it back, dont even try to play that game!

    1. kannanwrites profile image82
      kannanwritesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I second that.

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I think you thirded, fourthed or fifthed it, actually..

        1. kannanwrites profile image82
          kannanwritesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          lol

    2. iamalegend profile image71
      iamalegendposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      i agree

  10. Mark Ewbie profile image82
    Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago

    What about Amazon fraud?  I regularly use a stolen credit card to make purchases just to get the commission.  When the stuff arrives I either throw it away or put it on Ebay.  Shame is most of what I advertise is rubbish, I mean who would want it?

    Maybe I should write an iPad hub.  I'd like one of those.

    Anyway - I hope that's acceptable?  Probably some busy body will say it's not.

  11. camlo profile image84
    camloposted 6 years ago

    A couple of times I've wanted to click on something, the page has scrolled of its own accord (probably because it wasn't fully loaded), and I've ended up clicking on a Google ad instead of what I'd intended to click on. Of course, I clicked the back button immediately (in complete panic), but I'm pretty sure it makes no difference - I have still clicked on my own ad ...
    But, if I understand correctly (and I hope I do), our accounts are assessed monthly, and such invalid (accidental) clicks (earnings) deducted.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
      Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, the odd accidental click is no problem.  It happens millions of times.  There is no income either, Adsense just ignores it.  Imagine how many people are writing, creating websites and clicking on slow pages that suddenly refresh in the wrong places.  It must be a lot.

      Still is scary when you do it though!

 
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