3rd Party Google AdSense Abuse Should Not Harm AdSense Account Holder

Mar 8, 2007 • 8:06 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdSense

Over at the Google Groups Google Co-op forum, a Google Co-op engineer was replying to someone worried about using their Google Custom Search Engine on a site without his approval. Why was he worried? Because if that site has bad people who click on ads in a bad way, it is his AdSense account that is at risk for being banned.

It is interesting to see how the Google Co-op Engineer replied:

But regarding adsense abuse, our fraud team is pretty thorough. We wouldn't automatically assign culpability to the account holder, as we know where clicks are coming from.

I have read time and time again, that people have been banned because (they feel) that someone stole their AdSense ID, and put it on a bad site. Heck, I can run hundreds of sites, apply my AdSense ID to one of the sites. Does Google really know which site I own versus which site I don't own? How does Google know in this case if a 3rd party site is really yours or not?

That is why you see Google sometimes ban a site and sometimes not.

So is the next step of AdSense abuse related to the Google Custom Search Engine? Some are worried about it.

But as the Google rep said, "people are not allowed to transplant the code to their site without your permission; if someone has used it without your consent please let us know."

So if some does snag your code, and you know about it, report it asap to Google.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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03/08/2007 01:37 pm

Like, I think it just happened to me. I got 3X the number of clicks that I normally do. And none of the extra clicks show up in my channels. Where are they coming from? I emailed the big G.

Chris Beasley

03/08/2007 02:07 pm

Google should include an Adsense report that shows all the domains your code is used on to prevent this sort of thing.


03/08/2007 04:06 pm

I wish they'd let me tell them exactly what domains I'm using my adsense on. This almost happened to me. A competitor of mine actually posted forum threads all over urging people to "click my ads and help me make money" and then put my adsense on some shady sites of his. Nothing happened to me, but I did email Google to let them know and point them to this guy's forum posts.


03/08/2007 05:11 pm

google's hidden private project see http://devshots.com


11/03/2007 10:33 pm

"How does Google know in this case if a 3rd party site is really yours or not?" If its a paid site, they know very easily because the records are easy enough to check. You can find out pretty much everything about the owner of any website. So if the domain isn't yours, Id rest assured that Google can figure that part of it out.

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