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Who is allowed to click your ads?

  1. healinghands1668 profile image83
    healinghands1668posted 6 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?

    1. Jonathan Janco profile image75
      Jonathan Jancoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The only person not allowed to click on your ads is you. That is, anyone who is accessing HP through an account traced to your specific identity. Friends and family members clicking on your ads ad nauseum may appear suspicious to anyone who looks closely, as well. So I would suggest to just let nature do its work.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      If one of your friends or family click on an ad because they're genuinely interested in it, that's fine.  However, it's very dangerous to ask them to click on ads to help you out.

      Google is always watching for "click fraud".  If they see multiple clicks coming from one computer, they will assume it's fraud and you'll lose your Adsense account forever.

      I know one Hubber who told a friend about his Hubbing and she decided to "help him out".  He lost his Adsense account and has never been able to get it back. 

      So in general, it's better not to explain to people how you make money from HubPages.  If they ask you, tell them how it works then ask them NOT to try to help! 

      Oh, and bear in mind Google is looking at computers, not people.  So if you share a computer, it's absolutely vital no one using that computer clicks on ads, ever.

      1. K9keystrokes profile image91
        K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Really great advice Marisa! cool

      2. maxravi profile image1
        maxraviposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Nice reply Marisa.. good ne smile

      3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image90
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I think that is probably about the best advice one can give on this.  It's sort of a scary subject to even talk about.  I had to tell my mother after I figured it all out - DO NOT click my ads, even if you want to see what they are about!

    3. sasta10 profile image71
      sasta10posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Everyone apart from you and your friends (if you friend is using your computer).  Don't make an attemp to click on and adsense advert yourself on your hubs or webpages as this may lead to suspension of your adsense account.  Google can track this and will know you are clicking on your own ad.  Thanks.

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image88
    Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago

    I think you should NOT tell anyone to click on your ads, and I think you should tell everyone to NOT click on them.

    The only exception might be in a case when they are absolutely certain they want to buy a particular product-- even then, I wouldn't risk something that might be misinterpreted as click fraud.  Once you are banned from adsense, you can't be reinstated.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image80
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    And don't click on other Hubbers ads either.

    1. GrowingDeeper profile image61
      GrowingDeeperposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Why not click on other Hubbers? Im of the mind we know how this works, why not support one another in our goals. Not being indiscriminate, but a careful click here and there, say one per article you read...etc? Is there a rule against or just generic advice?

      1. jimmythejock profile image82
        jimmythejockposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Hubbers clicking on Hubbers ads will eventually lead google to hand out a site wide ban meaning that we would not recieve any revenue from google in the future we would be cutting our noses off to spite our faces.....jimmy

      2. Uninvited Writer profile image80
        Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Paul Edmondson has said not to click other hubbers ads.


        1. K9keystrokes profile image91
          K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Nice ref. UW.

  4. K9keystrokes profile image91
    K9keystrokesposted 6 years ago

    Google can easily read into Hubber to Hubber ad clicking as fraud. Marisa, Jimmy and Uninvited Writer are totally right, you are not helping anyone by false actions, and may actually hurt the entire site. Clicks will come with good quality content and reputation.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
      Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Abslutely and totally agree.  People think they can cheat Google, the odd click here and there.  Just how dumb can you be?  Google have been playing this game against an army of cheats, thieves, crooks and scammers for years.  They are pretty good at sorting out dubious clicks.

      If they suspect they WILL ban.  I don't want that sort of 'help' from anyone.

      1. GrowingDeeper profile image61
        GrowingDeeperposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        wow! this really opened my eyes. makes some sense but seems slightly unfair that we cant help support one another...but, anyways...thanks for the timely link and explanation before i screwed things up

  5. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    As an AdWord user who pays for advertising I would be horrified if the clicks I am paying for and that I worked so hard to build for were from people not wanting to buy products I advertised and I would insist that Google give me value for my dollar and ferociously attack fraudsters.

    Click fraud is click fraud and it hurts everyone.
    The advertiser pays Google and us, if he gets offside your clicks will be near worthless.

  6. seamist profile image70
    seamistposted 6 years ago

    The best policy to have is not tell anyone you have an Adsense acct. Then, you don't have to worry about friends and family helping you out, or enemies trying to do you in. I wish I had done it that way since the beginning because I almost lost my acct because of an ex.