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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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
Paul Edmondson has said not to click other hubbers ads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by borge_0097 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 Instgtr7 years ago
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by nakmeister6 years ago
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by WordofMouse6 years ago
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by Steve Andrews6 years ago
Can it go against Google rules if they have deliberately done this thinking they are helping you? I am worried because I just had a comment posted saying "thumbs up and adsense."
by girly_girl098 years ago
First off, I reached 1/2 of my payout today, so that is very exciting! Thank you all for the advice so far, but I am in need of more. I am a little concerned, because I earned from two clicks this morning from a very...
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