Lately, I too have been GOOGLE ADSENSE Victim.
'Victim' ?, Yes now I have to use that word. But before going further ahead. Lets give you some background on my Google Adsense Experience.
I had an entertianment portal, (site cannot list. as per regulation) started on free webserver, did some marketing to draw ppl to tht website, publishing here and there..., drawing ppls attention
With 10 MB space, 300 MB bandwidth per month and Google Adsense new registration approval. I started with full hustle and bustle.
Got 100 Impressions on the 5th day itself, then 1000/day on 7th day, 2000/day in 9th, and 5000/day in just 11th Day..., wow... my marketing strategies was working fine... soon I left Freeserver, got own DOT COM, 500 MB space, unlimited bandwith. Wow... seemed like some movie and I was the hero conquering the web and dancing along with Google Adsense.
The earning was rising pretty fast(ard $5XX/mo), WITHOUT VOILATING ANY OF GOOGLE RULES.
I used to check Adsense Webnairs to optimize adsense to some extent. Frequently used to test other ad. networks and used to provide feedback on those network, and always believed UNLESS YOU DO SOME WORNG Google works best with you.
As in movies, once everything seems nice and you think 'And they lived happily everafter'... bammm... there enters the villian...
My earning was reaching ard. $1XXX/mo.. and was eagerly expecting that but SUNDENNLY Google send me email - 'WE FOUND INVALID CLICKS, generated by sw or by other means..., SO ACCOUNT DEACTIVATED'.
I was getting ard. 40-50 thousand impressions per day with ard. 300-400 clicks/day. The funny thing is I had never clicked on my website ads. But they said WE ARE SORRY, PAYMENT CANNOT BE SENT AND WE CANNOT DISCLOSE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING INVALID CLICKS.
Wow..., I lost 1.5 grand just 2 days before I was about to get payment, and I dont even get reason why I lost. They just said Invalid clicks. I became one another of the victim google adsense.
So how can you be VICTIM OF INVALID CLICKS ?
- If you click on your website google ads FROM YOUR PC (same PC, which you use to login into Adsense Account).
+ what if you own a cyber cafe or login to your adsense account from a cyber cafe. Soemtime later someone else visit your website from same cafe and clicks on your AD.
+ what if you have more than one pc but use Proxy/maybe your ISP use it, all REQUESTS passing thro' that proxy gets SAME IP.
- If someone (this someone might be your competitor, or someone who hates you and wants ur biz to go down) frequently clicks on your website adsense ads for ard. 5 - 10 times a day for ard. 5 - 6 days regularly.
- Fake email, someone (as before who hates you) might forward an email to ADSENSE VOILATION TEAM that might look like it is from your website pursuading to CLICK ON YOUR WEBSITE ADS.
[e.g. the mail might contian text like this;
Click on my website (mno.ABC.xyz) google ads to get more DISCOUNT or more free stuffs, maybe even 'hot pcis of britney'....]
So even thoguh google adsense seems better than other competing adnetworks (expect yahoo which not yet reviewd) its reliability of PAYMENT is on HIGH STAKES.
You might get kicked out of Adsense membership even without your knowledge.
Now the major question,
WHY hasnt Google Adsense implemented counter measure for such frauds?
Would it been easy for both Google and you, if google deduces Invalid clicks then he/she simply DISCARD such clicks?
Bcoz as Google say there had been invalid ad clicks, that mean they have done some some analysis already and ahve categorized some of the clicks as invalid. Then would tht have been so difficult to simply discard such ads?
As a normal Layman can say No. It would definately has been possible, it would ahve been possible even before those 'complicated deductions' that google says patented algorithms.
If a visitor clicks on the google ad and if google has record tht there had been click from SAME IP before within last 24 hr then simply discard tht click.
How can YOU EVEN be sure that YOU have been victimized by others due to INVALID CLICKS ?
Do you have any proof like google?
The answer to this question gives rise to my FINAL VITIMIZATION CASE. Which might be case for most of high-earning publishers.
VICTIMIZED BY THE GOOGLE ADSENSE
How can you believe totaly upon Google Adsense's INVALID CLICK STORY, that too WITHOUT ANY PROOF?
From web-log cross checking you can just know from where(or which IP) ppl visitied your website but cant know WHOM OF THEM CLICKED on google ads and who not.
And once portal grows and becomes popular definately you will have high number of FREQUENT VISITORs.
How can you be sure those frequent visitors are the frequent AD clickers?
So, is Google turning into money-making machine ?
How can we rely on them as GOOD GUYS, when they kicks us out without paying our earnings ($$$$) and NO justification ?
Are outsourcing guys turning into microsoft-strategic-marketing nerds?
So as any suspense thriller, I NEVER KNEW who was the villian?
So beware, before entering into this Adsense game, think twice.
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