Dave, I’m freaking out! I was just looking at one of the pages on my website and saw an interesting ad placed by the Google AdSense program and clicked on it without thinking. Oh man! I don’t want to get kicked out of the program because of a fraudulent click, so what can I do to avoid getting into trouble?
First off, deep breath. Don’t panic. If it’s one click in a blue moon, you’re probably not going to be kicked out of the program. However, I do recommend that you promptly email them and let them know what happened, approximately when it occurred and the advertiser in question.
Here’s what I did last time I did the same dopey thing. I sent the following message to firstname.lastname@example.org:
To: Google AdSense Team <email@example.com>
Subject: Erroneous click on my ad block
Mea culpa! I clicked on one of my own adverts without thinking. Got an ad on my own page for “Daves Cool Little Website” and thought they might be liberating some of my content since I have “Ask Dave Taylor”.
Without a second thought I clicked on it. <sigh>
Please deduct any payment I might have made from this clickthru and credit the advertiser’s account. Click time was at approximately 1:07pm MST, with final landing page link http://www….
Thanks and sorry for the hassle!
Less than 24 hours later I received a nice response from the AdSense team:
Thank you for notifying us of the click that was made on your Google ads. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is prohibited, as it has the potential to inflate advertiser costs. We appreciate your efforts toward avoiding such clicks in the future.
For future reference, to check the destination of ads on your page without the risk of invalid clicks, we suggest using the AdSense Preview Tool, available here:
For additional questions, we encourage you to visit the AdSense Help Center, our complete resource center for all AdSense topics. Alternatively, feel free to post your question on the forum just for AdSense publishers: the AdSense Help Group.
The Google AdSense Team
Crisis averted and he’s offered up a good tip about the AdSense Preview Tool too.
Try a similar strategy when you click on your own ad blocks accidentally and I think you’ll be okay.
And if you haven’t yet gotten started monetizing your site through Google AdSense, I invite you to check out Get Started with Google AdSense.