Plenty of things happened during my holiday. I got email from Google that my AdSense account is closed due invalid clicks. Well, I can not do too much if someone likes to support my site and clicks around too much. I did not want to put "Terms of Usage" agreement to pop up before user can see any content. There was no reply from Google to my response through their forms, so I decided to remove advertisement code from templates for good. Maybe it is better this way.
It just made me think a case where those AdSense clicks bring significant income to the site owner. In my case it was just pennies and interesting hobby. But for someone with more serious goals it can ruin a lot. This also makes possible to blackmail site owners. In this forum there is some discussion about this topic. I have read elsewhere that there are tools to track clicks on ads and then blacklist IPs based on suspicious usage patterns yourself before Google's own alert is triggered. This might be necessary for all site owners with AdSense as Google does not warn owner of the possibility of account closing.
This event was naturally disappointing but I learnt something about how these things work. If I ever happen to set up a commercial site with serious traffic I wont count too much on AdSense income longevity.
Archive for September of 2007
During my holiday in Finland I spent minimal time in front of the computer. Therefore I missed a truly amazing case of MediaDefender. This company is trying to prevent p2p piracy with various and even questionable means. But now there have been series of leaks from that company. Several months email, phone calls and even source code Even though I am not a hard core torrent user I find latest events really hilarious. I do not know the exact way how that information was leaked but usually a single user can cause a havoc by sheer laziness. In this case it is said to be forwarding company emails to Gmail account... A perfect example for next network and system security lecture.