You've heard it before. You've seen it before. But has anyone ever admitted it?
Yep, put a slew of Google adsense ads on my websites (3) 30 days ago (to the day)
Cheated like hell, and got booted.
Now before you say how idiots like me deserve it; how dumbarses like me are screwing it up for everybody; blah, blah, blah... Look in the mirror, because I highly doubt there's one single publisher standing that didn't have somebody click, or go to a different computer, or didn't somehow, some way, at some minuscule level, cheat. But I'm sure some will get their tiny little anonymous cyberkicks out of beating a dead horse, so be it. Man up.
Here's what I did - just so the other idiots like me may learn.
I didn't take long, and it didn't take much.
History. 30 days (exact). 20,000 pageviews (rounded). 2,000 clicks (rounded). $475.00 to date. 3 websites combined, avg. 175 unique visitors/day. Avg. $16.00 a day. No big deal I'm a thinkin'.
Put 3 ad boxes on 100 pages or so, total. I made it tough for a visitor to navigate his way out of the page (small "home" button). I was thinking they may click on an ad or something to try to get out.
I never, ever clicked on an ad from the computer I logged into adsense with. Ever, not once. Not anybody's Adsense ad. INot any computer in the house. In fact, I only clicked ads a few times over the 30 days from friends computers, maybe 20 clicks total. You know, hey Joe, can I borrow your computer to check my e-mails? haha.
I had 3 Homies in three different States across the country clicking 5 - 10 clicks a day each, the rest were natural from web traffic. Seemed perfectly normal for a bookmarked page to get a few clicks from the same 3, right? Seemed normal to me. I do it on other sites....
All ads went white - I still haven't received the e-mail, but I am locked out of logging into Adsense.
Just so somebody might actually stop, and think before you try it. I read about all the holy roller cyber freaks that said don't cheat it (but what do those skinny necked, pocket penciled geeks really know). I read about ip trackers, Google bombing (which I'm going to do to a competitor next, see if I can't get him locked out), and about a hundred articles on how you will get caught. Ya' know, must've been that thick skulled brain of mine that went temporarily insane for 30 days thinkin' I could somehow, someway scam the system.
A couple things I did notice. When any of the Homies hit the clicks, the avg ppc went down to sub .10. If regular traffic was hitting it, I could have 25 clicks for $10. My Homie's 30 clicks would be worth less than half that. I can also say, right up until the moment a pink box showed up and said "your payment is in hold status", or something like that, everything was just perfect. Once the pink box showed up, it was minutes later the websites ads went white.
Word to the wise - really - take it from a greedy idiot
Big Brother IS watching
**UPDATE** I got the e-mail from Google. I'll post it in a reply to this thread, not here...
Edited by lumpy55, 29 November 2007 - 05:02 PM.