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Combat Google Adsense Click Frauds - How Not To Get Involved!
Click Frauds - Don't Get Caught!
Loads of people are getting their Adsense account terminated even if they haven't done anything wrong. This is more like capital punishment for those who are looking for ways to earn money online because rest assured, using Adsense on Hubs, your sites and pages is one of the best ways to earn significant income online.
Because Adsense is so popular and used by so many people, it's but natural that it would be misused by people out there who are looking to earn some quick money. Those who are associated with Adsense would be well aware of click frauds which happens when someone clicks on their own ads or pays someone else to click on their ads. This is done to earn more money.
You have to be wary of such frauds and I will tell you how to avoid getting caught in this undesired web of click frauds.
What Is Click Fraud?
A click fraud happens when someone clicks on ads and cheats the advertiser out of their money. This is synonymous to creating false leads and should be avoided at all costs. You have to think that these advertisers are hard working people just like you and me who are out there to earn legitimate ways of earning income. If you make up your mind on stealing their hard earned income, then you're upto no good with Google Adsense.
Anatomy of A Click Fraud/Scam
How Do You Protect Yourself from Click Frauds?
Most of the web hosts offer access logs. It's best that you hand away these logs to Google as well so that they can keep track of any suspicious activity within your site. This is also a way of telling Google that you're trying your best in helping them in whatever way you can to prevent click frauds from happening in your webpage.
If possible, try to get a click monitoring software. Most of them are available online for free.
Another good practise is to keep a constant check of fraud activities on your site and then handle over the reports to Google. If you find anything odd - report them! No problem if the activity seems big or small, reporting them helps you form a trust with Google.
Disable Ads for Own IP Address or Region
It's recommended that you disable ads for your own IP address or locality so that Google does not mistake another user as you when click fraud happens. This can be done through an htaccess file.
- How To Block Ads from IP Addresses - A useful tutorial which tells you how to do this.
Remove Ads from Sites With Illegal Content
Most people don't go through Adsense terms and conditions properly and end up getting banned for promoting ads on sites with disallowed content. It's a must that you go through the rules thoroughly before deciding to use ads on sites! Sites which include pornographic or gambling material may not be suitable for Google Adsense. If by any chance you feel you are violating this rule, immediately remove ads from your page!
Be Truthful - Google Will Understand!
If you think you have accidentally clicked on an ad, report yourself. This is way better than Google finding out for themselves that you have violated their TOS.
How To Detect and Eliminate Click Fraud
Thinking of Telling your Friends and Family About Google Ads? Don't!
Chances are family and friends will go around clicking ads on your site just to help you out while what they're actually doing might harm you! If you have some ads on your site and you want to tell your family about them, do so -- but then also tell them and educate them about click frauds and how it can ruin your online career if they do something as absurd as clicking on them.
Be Nice, Play Nice and Google Will Be Nice With You Too!
Needless to mention, Google is powered by hi-fi systems that can detect frauds in a jiffy, so if you're planning on fooling Google some way or the other -- then just get ready to get your adsense account blacklisted and blocked.
Stay safe -- and protect your Google Adsense account!