Avoid Getting Caught With Google Adsense Click Fraud
If are a website owner who monetizes your sites with Google Adsense, here are a few tips on how not to get your Adsense account terminated. You may receive that dreaded letter from Google stating your account has been suspended due to click fraud. In most cases, you have done nothing wrong to deserve the ban.
Adsense click fraud is the act of repeatedly clicking on various ads for the purpose of costing the Adwords advertiser money. It is the same as paying out cash for false leads. Many of the website owners are aware this fraud exists and are sharing the same sentiment that this is one of the biggest problems when operating an Adsense site.
How to effectively prevent your sites from Adsense fraud
The majority of webhosts offer access logs. This information allows Google to look for any suspicious activity on your site. Google takes click fraud seriously and giving them access to your user information tells them you want to help them in any way you can in solving the problem.
Click monitoring software is another solution. There are various ones out in the market. Most is freeware so you have no excuses. Do a search and find the best for your needs. The software will tell you who and where the clicks are originating from based on IP addresses etc.
The information, if fraudulant should be turned over to Google. This is showing Google that you too are fighting against click fraud and you are no way a part of it. Study your server logs and watch for any suspicious activity. Report anything that you may find odd.
You may also want to consider disabling Adsense ads for your own IP address and your local immediate geographic area. This will certainly prevent click accidents. You can do this through a htaccess file. This will avoid you mistakenly clicking on your own ads and as a result be penalized because of it.