May 312011
 

You may notice that the ads have been replaced with “The webpage cannot be found.” This is related to an email I just got: “Your Google Adsense account has been disabled” for “invalid click activity.” No further data was provided, but I gather than this means somebody sat there and repeatedly clicked away on an ad. I guess.  If that was you, and if the ads come back… don’t do that.

 Posted by at 12:37 pm
  • Doug

    Well, that’s unfortunate. Was there any money in the ads?

    • admin

      Yes. All gone now.

  • R2K

    Actually it happens when the admin clicks on their own page. I did it once by accident and had to contact google to explain the accident. It sucks, but I can only imagine how often people make accounts with some scheme to make money by doing this. The sad part is, you don’t get any money before $100 anyway. So they probably sit around for hours and earn nothing.

    If you want to make more money, consider ads directly from vendors.

    • admin

      > Actually it happens when the admin clicks on their own page.

      What? I can’t even look at my own webpage??? Now that’s *bullcrap.* I knew not to click on the ads, but I can’t look at my own blog? But I love my blog! It’s awesome!!!

      >If you want to make more money, consider ads directly from vendors.

      Love to. How? Anyone want to throw money my way to advertise on my blog? 2,000 visitors a day…

      • R2K

        Sorry I didn’t compose that comment very well. I really don’t put in enough effort with blogging sometimes… I mean clicking your own ads, even by accident. That is normally the reason for that warning.

        Not to assume that you have done so in this case, but it is the most common reason. Impressions are no problem, obviously.

        Vendors care less about views if they have a very specific product. Your page would be an excellent place to sell Springer-Praxis books, for example. Vendors from hobby rocketry pay me accordingly. I can email you our rates to get an idea of what to expect – demand.

        • admin

          > I mean clicking your own ads, even by accident. That is normally the reason for that warning.

          1: There was no “warning.” Just… “Bam! Yer outta here!!”
          2: I don’t *think* I’ve clicked on any of the ads, even accidentally. but who the hell knows…

          > I can email you our rates

          Sure, thanks. Would it allow me to finally give up this life of crime?

  • Doug

    Looking at the Google adsense help page I can see maybe 2 issues. I do seem to recall a “click on the ads” kind of post when you first enabled the ads.

    The other might be you clicking on the ads yourself. They seem to prohibit that as well, which I find odd because I’d sure as hell want to know who was advertising on my site.

    https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=23921

    • admin

      > I do seem to recall a “click on the ads” kind of post when you first enabled the ads.

      I don’t think so, but my memory for such things is fuzzy. I recall asking for advice on bumping up blog viewership, which I would hope would not be verbotten.

      “The first rule of online advertising: do not talk about online advertising.”

      > The other might be you clicking on the ads yourself.

      Nope, haven’t done that. Your reasoning for doing so is sound, but I did catch that you’re not supposed to click on your own ads (for fairly obvious reasons).

  • peterh

    Do you have a browser plugin to accelerate web browsing by pre-fetching linked pages? To the servers that would look like you clicking on the ads.

    But you’d think that if they can detect invalid click activity they could code to not credit for it.

    • admin

      > Do you have a browser plugin to accelerate web browsing by pre-fetching linked pages?

      Hell, I don’t even know what that *means.*

  • foundyaonaccident

    That truly sucks.