Report AdSense Spam & Click Fraud

Jul 6, 2005 • 11:24 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense
 

In the past, we wrote an entry named GoogleGuy Wants AdSense Spam Sites Out. Some of the AdSense spam, scraper sites, click fraud and so on were out of hand. Jenstar at WebmasterWorld posted a thread named Reporting click fraud to Google AdSense, which is a shorter version of what she blogged on under the title Reporting publisher click fraud to Google just got easier.

It is true, it got very easy to report spam. All you need to do is click on the text at the bottom right of the Google AdSense ad that reads "Ads by Google" or "Ads by Goooooogle". Then it pops open a new window, at the bottom of that window it reads "Give Google feedback on Ads by Google". By including the phrase "invalid clicks" in the comments field (to report click fraud), it will be routed to the correct team.

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Above is an image of a typical Google AdSense Ad, where I highlighted the link you click on to report such activity.

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Comments:

Jon Payne

07/06/2005 08:05 pm

Interesting. I was quite a bit surprised to see how they called out SEOinc and ArticleBot. It seems as though they've "officially implied" that "SEO Optimization" is a no-no. That's pretty general and open-ended. As a white hat guy, I basically stick to mostly what Google recommends on their info for webmasters page, and I think you'd find many people refer to that as "optimization" - although a bit clean and basic, but still. Thoughts?

Mike Baker

08/06/2006 07:42 pm

Click Fraud is an interesting topic - one which both clicktracks and adwatcher will stop, one which will cost you an estimated 20% of your ad budget. This is an interesting article with valuable information. I have used both clicktracks and adwatcher to prevent clickfraud. What we and many other webmasters are starting to do is invest our marketing dollars into clicktracks, adwatcher or other ad tracker software. If you are looking for more information on adwatcher or clicktracks i recommend you take a look at: http://www.trackingsoftwarereviews.com they have full reviews on both clicktracks and adwatcher! Mike Baker

Annonymous

08/26/2006 01:27 am

This page does not have any content but surprised to see the google ads. Who will pay for the ads click ? Ultimately the sponsor... http://www.knowledgeisfun.com/A/AP/APSRTC.php

Peter

06/30/2008 02:44 am

Hi ppl where can i report this user? he his using sites like PTC to ask people to click on his ads on google, and he's earning some money for that, and people that are investing on google ad words are loosing money every day for his earnings... can someone help me out and point me where can i report him? He got a lot of websites and he's doing this for a long time.. and people are clicking his ads everyday... can someone help me put a stop at this... some of my targeted ads shows up on his page and i'm loosing money like HELL on his website because of all those clicks.. i had to suspend all my campaigns because i got a lot of clicks from his website... http://moolahblog.com and a lot more publisher id ca-pub-5586094423998755

Peter

07/02/2008 10:35 am

Oh never mind, i know now that we can click on the ads to report it, just realized that once i read this article properly ;)

Tony Tovar

08/01/2008 04:26 pm

Moolah Blog is no scam. I get more then 15,000 Visitors a month and more sometimes.

Fraudster

01/11/2012 05:01 am

Check out this kids youtube videos... he has a red annotation overlay on all of his videos telling people to click on his adsense ads at least one or two times... I have emailed youtube a few days ago and still nothing done about it. His channel link is...  http://www.youtube.com/user/jamesgarville

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