On some of the other sites I've worked with, clicking on an ad is a serious "no no" and is expressly forbidden.
Some of the links that have come up on my hubs have looked really interesting and I've wanted to take a "closer look" at what have to they offer...
Is clicking a link that you're interested in considered click fraud if you only click it once?
You may find this entry from the AdSense blog helpful in explaining,
http://adsense.blogspot.com/2008/08/def … fraud.html
Take note of the very first condition listed under "click fraud."
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.
I agree with KCC just open another browser you certainly do not want to get into trouble with Adsense
Often times, the web address of the add is under the add on the left side.
I would say never click on your own adverts. While you could probably manage to class a one of click as accidental, it is not really worth the risk.
Instead just take a note of the advert and find it normally!
If you use a lot of trackers, you might still be accidentally clicking on one of your own ads without knowing it
There are no rules against this that I know of, as long as you do it out of genuine interest and not for financial gain.
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 am not talking about helping anyone, my dear KCC. Are you telling me that I should never, on my own volition, click on any other hubber's ads, even if these ads interest me?
The initial comment on clicking on other hubbers ads was to do with Hubpages trackers, in which case there ia a 10% chance you are clicking your own ad.
To play it safe I dont click on hubpages adverts.
Trackers are a way of referring users on hubpages. I would however say, avoid clicking any hubpages adverts.
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?
To me, once you've signed on to participate in this kind of a program (Google Adsense) then you have to excuse yourself from being a consumer in that program.
I wasn't accusing you of making a pact with anyone, but that's exactly what Google THINKS is happening and they have even more reason to believe that when we belong to the same group. Get what I mean?
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?
You've been here three days. So there are some things that you are overlooking or don't yet understand.
Friend, I have been here three days but I have been on the Internet since 1991 and have been earning money with Adsense since 2003.
My statements are correct. There is nothing to be concerned about.
But believe what you will.
I see that you are blinded by your own brilliance.
Like I said, there are things you have not yet learned and therefore do not understand.
The reason clicking on other peoples hubpages adverts is because there may have been referral using a Hubpages tracker, this gives you a pretty good chance of clicking your OWN adsense ID.
Going through the source may ormay not be a passable way of finding the url, I personally just google the name if the URL is not obvious!
The question was asked, debated, and definitively answered yesterday, as far as I am concerned.
And my statement that you just quoted was from yesterday's conversation. As I stated in my very first comment in this thread, "you'll find varying opinions on this". I simply gave you mine.
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.
Website Examiner, I knew you realized that comment was from yesterday, but in case no one else looked to see when it was from, I didn't want them to get the wrong impression.
I had given my opinion and it's still my opinion and it may not be worth much, but I still still stand by it.
I only came back in to the conversation since Pcunix replied to me personally. Perhaps he's got the scoop since he's been so successful with Adsense. I certainly can't compete with those stats.
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.
Thanks again. I have never deliberately clicked on any ads of other hubbers, but at least now I understand why it would be unwise to do so.
There's a simple solution.
Use "View Source" or whatever your browser calls it. Every browser has this somewhere (well, not Safari on iPad and iPhone but everywhere else).
Scan through the HTML until you see the ad. Usually it's easiest to just search for text just before or just after the ad.
Within all the Adsense gobbedlygook you'll see the actual link that it goes to. Select and copy just that and paste it into your browser to go there.
This does NOT violate Adsense because you get no credit and no earnings from this. I can't show you an example right now because I'm on my iPad but it's very simple.
Yeah, you definitely know what you are talking about....
Yeah, I do know what I am talking about.
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.
Try to follow your own instructions
It is generally a good idea to get familiar with the topic yourself, before advising others.
$50,000 in 7 years with Adsense? Awesome
Guess that makes you the resident expert then.
As there are people who make that much in a few months or less, I'd call them the experts. I think my Adsense success is mostly dumb luck and having a boatload of pages.
by nakmeister 7 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...
by healinghands1668 7 years ago
So, I've heard about click fraud, and I know not to click my own ads, but when it comes to friends and family, how broad does that go? Is there anyone in particular I should tell NOT to click the ads on my hubs?
by WordofMouse 7 years ago
I wrote a new hub a few weeks ago and it quickly rose to the top 5 of the search engine rankings for its keyword. I have only gotten two clicks since it was published. Today, I all of a sudden had four clicks on that hub within about 5 hours. Should I e-mail Google about this? I don't want them to...
by borge_009 8 years ago
What would I do? I accidentally clicked one of the ads when I was editing something. I did not clicked in intentionally.
by James Bowden 6 years ago
Another fellow writer here on hubpages recently shared a link to a article in reference to potential click fraud. Apparently invalid clicks can be made through google analytics on various ads and in turn affect your adsense account. However the article link that I have included here for all to read...
by Dorsi Diaz 8 years ago
Something just occured to me, not only are we writers here but we are ALSO CONSUMERS. I see nothing wrong with clicking on a fellow hubbers google ad if it's something we are interested in. I am getting the feeling that some people are afraid to do this for fear of reprisal for being click happy...
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