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Ad Sense "Ooops" clicks...

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
    DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago

    Yesterday I was showing my husband something in one of my articles, and he accidentally clicked on one of the ads on my page.

    I was not logged in to Hub Pages at the time, as I was showing him how to find my pages as any other member of the public would find them.

    Would this count against me, or can't they tell, if you're not logged in?

    1. wilderness profile image93
      wildernessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it will count as it came from your ip address.  You might tell google about it, but if it's only one in a blue moon they do recognize that such things happen.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
        DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Okay--good to know.  Hubby seems to be of the impression that each of our separate computers has its own ip address, and I don't see how, since we're running off the same cable from the same ISP, just using a switch/splitter.

        1. wilderness profile image93
          wildernessposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          You both have the same ip address, unless you are actually paying for additional lines into the home.  Something I've never seen anyone do.

          Which means that if he clicks your ad on his computer it shows up as YOU clicking it.  Not a good thing!

          1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
            DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Once upon a time, we used to have what was explained to me as 'anonymous login,' in which the IP address rotated and was never the same any time you were online..supposedly to prevent hackers.  This was back when we had our own server and were running a website to sell products.
            Even though the ISP was the same, we had what they called "static lines" (5), and from the explanation I got, it seems like it would be the opposite of 'static,' ...I don't get technology.  LOL

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      As others have kindly mentioned here, clicking your own ads once in a while by accident is unlikely to have any negative consequences (do your best to avoid them, of course, but one or two clicks aren't a big deal).

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
        DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Okay--thanks, Christy.  Good to have an official word. ;-)

  2. The Examiner-1 profile image75
    The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago

    I cannot be definite on this but I would say that if an ad did not appear then you are safe. Usually as soon as you click on an ad another tab opens with the ad appearing in it.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
      DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, an ad came up.  ... sad

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image75
        The Examiner-1posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Well I do it when I am signed in - by accident and close immediately - but as long as you did not buy anything and closed the tab immediately then you should still be safe.

  3. Rochelle Frank profile image90
    Rochelle Frankposted 2 years ago

    I'm sure most of us have done it accidentally a couple of times -- it is especially easy to do on a tablet. I wouldn't worry.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
      DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Okay--thanks!

      1. LuisEGonzalez profile image82
        LuisEGonzalezposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        It may be an issue when there are several oops, i.e a tendency... otherwise Google seems to realize that we can make these sorts of mistakes.

  4. Paul Maplesden profile image87
    Paul Maplesdenposted 2 years ago

    Just to add to this - I have accidentally clicked on my own ads a few times in the three or so years that I have had my AdSense account. Although, strictly speaking it is against Google policy to do so, if it only happens very occasionally, it shouldn't be an issue.

    They know the IP address associated with your AdSense ads and will probably recognize this as an invalid click (so you won't receive any money for it.) From Google AdSense guidance on such things: https://support.google.com/adsense/answ … 4?hl=en#q1

    'I accidentally clicked on my own ads. Will this cause a problem for my account?

    Although publishers are not permitted to click on their own ads for any reason, we do understand that accidental clicks may occur. We therefore don't require that you contact us every time you click on your ads. Rest assured that your account is being properly credited for all clicks and impressions we consider to be valid.'

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image93
      DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Good to know!  Thanks for that info, Paul

  5. lovebuglena profile image91
    lovebuglenaposted 2 years ago

    It doesn't matter if you are logged in or not. It's  your IP address that is logged.

  6. profile image60
    ghostly1posted 2 years ago

    youll be fine

  7. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image87
    SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 2 years ago

    There is no problem with accidental clicking. But never ever do it again.

  8. BigBlue54 profile image58
    BigBlue54posted 2 years ago

    Just curious but would having Virtual Private Network (VPN) mean Google could not see your IP address. I understand VPN means your IP would be anonymous.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image75
      Matthew Meyerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Google sees an IP address even when on a VPN, it may just not be the same IP as when you are not using the VPN. Just to be clear, you shouldn't click ads on your own content while on a VPN either.

      1. BigBlue54 profile image58
        BigBlue54posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for your reply, Matthew. I didn't plan to click on any ads, so no worries there.
        I was just wondering how it all worked because I was under the impression VPN meant everything was encrypted and you would therefore be anonymous.

  9. Gek Aka profile image60
    Gek Akaposted 2 years ago

    My dear, there are a lot of tracking software being used by most platforms on hubpages , however, they might not penalize you as they know mistakes do happen.. Don't worry about it. Trust me they will know for sure..

 
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