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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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...
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...