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?
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.
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.
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!
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
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).
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.
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.
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.'
It doesn't matter if you are logged in or not. It's your IP address that is logged.
There is no problem with accidental clicking. But never ever do it again.
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.
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.
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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