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Old 18-May-2005, 02:02
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Re: AdSense, now you can click them on your site


I just posted a GID Community blog entitled: AdSense, now you can click them on your site.

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I have been with Google's Google AdSense for Content programme since June 2003, so almost 2 years ago, today. AdSense is a hugely popular & successful programme by the way. One of my pet peeves about the programme however, is that as a web publisher, I may not click on the ads off my own web sites or on those ad units that contain my publisher ID. Which kinda makes sense, I suppose...

I don't know about you, but sometimes, some of these ads really make me curious enough to want to click on them. read more...

Please let me know what you think.

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I think its an interesting idea, especially if you do a lot of work on your sites and are always afraid of clicking on an ad by mistake. Will you be releasing more details on how you implemented this?
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Old 22-May-2005, 20:12
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Me, I got tired of writing to them everytime I (accidentally) clicked on AdSense ad here. It didn't happen very often - maybe 3 or 4 times in the last 2 years but still, it bothered me tremendously that I needed to explain/apologise at all.

To answer your question: yes, I will be adding to this article soon.

I already have the one detailing the 2 custom PHP functions written but unpublished. I am going to write the one about "setting the cookie" next. Once that is done, I will publish both at about the same time.
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I would also be very interested in the follow up to this J.

This may be the dumbest question ever, but keep in mind that I am new. How does adsense know that you have clicked on an add on your own site? Is it by IP address, cookie or what? I guess I am not fully sure how they track this.
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I suppose they (Google) use all the obvious data (IP, cookies etc.) to keep track of who is clicking what where.

They could also be checking your referrers, i.e. how are people reaching the page (on your website) just before they clicked an ad.

The important thing to remember is that they are experts at collecting data; it's what they do - so whatever you can think up, they probably already know about it.

Whatever they know, they're not telling - which means everything I just said is pure assumption on my part.

Whatever... I try not to concern myself with how they know what they know; which is why I came up with this idea in the first place.
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very interesting
thanks for sharing.... ;-)
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Adsense doesn't usually know who clicked it, it just has a tab counter. Each IP can click it 8 times in one day I belive. If someone clicks an ad more than 8 times I belive Adsense suspends for 24-hours.
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I'd be interested to know where you got this information from. Nothing like this is mentioned in their programme policies... except:

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Prohibited Clicks

Any method that artificially generates clicks is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to: repeated manual clicks, incentives to click, using robots, automated clicking tools, or other deceptive software. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is prohibited, to avoid potential inflation of advertiser costs... more.

I highlighted the relevant bit.
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Well, it's just a theory. I was clicking my own ads like a mad man one day and they just stopped calculating money. And I know someone who works for google that told me something like this.
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I just recently got involved with this program and there is that little thing about the self clicks. Conceptually, I understand the reasoning. Clicking your own ads like a monkey on their 3rd pot of coffee does violate both the letter and spirit of the law. But why, since they can obviously tell when you click your own ad, don't they just say,

"Oh, it was you, click_total-- ."

It just seems odd that by being a publisher you are taken out of the potential revenue pool for the reasons the ads are there in the first place. So you can follow along to some place you might spend some amount (even if it is just more clicks on someone else's site) while you are there.

Unless I am missing something basic that is. Wouldn't be the first time.

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