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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ads?
11-30-2006, 03:15 AM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ads?
I've been doing a little research and dug up an opensource product called AdLogger.

http://www.adlogger.org/index.php/Main_Page

Has anyone had any luck with this or another program?

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11-30-2006, 09:00 AM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ad
Like this? ;-)

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11-30-2006, 10:31 AM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ad
Just be careful, because soliciting ads (ie: asking people to click on your ads) on your site can be against the AdSense TOS which could lead to your account being closed.
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11-30-2006, 05:56 PM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ad
That's not him.

He's just trying to say that click fraud is only bad if someone associated with Dreamhost does it--probably unknowingly, since he seemed to forget that he even had an adsense account. (Still doesn't make it right or okay, though.)

Plus his style seems a little different than the average fraud, as they generally don't announce what they're doing on the very page they're doing it on.

Click fraud is only okay when he does it, or encourages others to do it.

Back on topic:

Some people monitor the IPs & user-agents, then request refunds from Google (or Yahoo, or MSN, etc...).

I'd guess that a lot of people are either unaware that click fraud even exists--or simply accept it as a part of life and write it off.

How much effort you put into it would probably depend a lot on your budget. I know that Shoemoney (the guy from the link) spends a fortune, so the amount he gets back would definitely be worth doing whatever he can. That might not be the case for someone spending $20/month, in an effort to recoup $.35. Tongue

In most (but not all) cases, I opt out of the content network to bypass Adsense users and their friends/click-bots.

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11-30-2006, 06:49 PM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ad
Sorry if the cat stole your sense of irony and humor, and infected you with a case of assume-the-worst-itis. ;-)

If there's something I can do to make it all better, just let me know.

I forgo adwords/adsense, and promo codes.

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11-30-2006, 07:19 PM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ad
Quote:I opt out of the content network to bypass Adsense users and their friends/click-bots.
I do the same. Over an extended period of time I found traffic from the content network to be next to worthless.

These days I only use the search network with geo-targeting. I get a lot less traffic, but ROI is much better.

Mark

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12-01-2006, 02:17 AM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ad
Naa... I don't have any of the symptoms. A humorless person with a case of assume-the-worst-itis would have asked how long until we can expect to see a "new user" that just happens to stumble across this thread (or Brett's blog) start a thread like this:

Quote:Can I trust DH with my credit card info? I was on my way to the sign-up form, but somehow ended up at Brett's blog, which I see is mentioned in another thread here about click-fraud... so I just don't know what to do.

Can someone tell me if they're crooks or not? (Please, no replies from people that have promo codes, because they all work for DH.)

Edit to add: While I was waiting for a reply, I found dreamhost-sucks.com. I've never seen a sucks-site for a business before, so does this mean I should host somewhere else?

Edit #2: Thought I'd give DH a call to let them know I started this thread. Where's their 800 support phone number listed?

Edit #3: How's the uptime here? Is there an unofficial outages wiki I can browse through? Thanks.

Update: I decided to just go ahead with the order. I used my uncle's credit card (he lives in Nigeria), and now they want a fax from me??? WTF? Why should I have to prove that I'm authorized to use a card, just because the name, address and phone number don't match up? If DH doesn't completely disable their anti-fraud algorithm within 5 minutes, I will take my $22 elsewhere.
But since I clearly don't have assume-the-worst-itis, the thought never even crossed my mind. ;-)

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12-01-2006, 10:20 AM
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How are you handling click fraud for Google Ad
HA HA HA!!! Now *that's* rich! Thanks! -rlparker
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