Hi Amit, i have got a Google Adsense Approval a few months back, following which i started running advertisements on my Blog and was making a few dollars every day with the 4000 visitors who read the articles daily. Yesterday while checking out my own blog, in the form of design and content layout i accidentally clicked on my own Google Adsense Advertisement and now am worried if my account would be banned and canceled. Is there any option using which i can get the payment canceled for that click and also save my account? – Rajiv from Bangalore who runs a Animals related blog.
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First of all, let me tell you something which may not be related to this article but can be useful in your life. Never panic when you have done something by mistake because in a hurry you would do more wrong acts and move yourself into a deeper hole, better try to search for more ways or decisions which can be helpful to you and your life. In this case, there have been hundreds of related topics on different websites / forums on the web which have answers to this question. If you have clicked on your Google Adsense Ad wantedly to make a few extra dollars in your account, then you are surely doing a wrong act which would be punishable by Google in the form of canceling or deactivating your Adsense Account. In this case you need to first read this article by the Google Official Adsense Blog which talks about the accidents which can happen in your normal life.
In that specific article Google Adsense Team says that the program policies does not allow any of their Publisher to click on their own Adsense Ads but there are many situations under which the publishers would have clicked on their own ads by mistake and its expected that these mistakes don’t happen regularly because if you click once, you are most probably going to work more seriously and take maximum care to avoid own advertisement clicks. Since all the account activity is monitored thoroughly and carefully, Google would automatically these clicks and would discount them which means that Google wont be crediting your account for these clicks, hence saving the Adwords Advertisers money too.
Only when Google finds that the publisher has been continuously been clicking on his own ads in order to increase his revenue, his account is banned and the publisher is no longer allowed to be a member of Adsense.
People click on Ads to find the Advertiser : There have also been situations where in many Publishers would click on their own advertisements to find out who the advertiser is and what kind of ads would be shown on their website, but directly clicking on self ads is a big mistake which has to be avoided. Hence, the publishers have to check out tools like Adsense Sandbox where in you just have to either enter your blog’s niche keywords or else the URL and get a report with all the advertisers whose advertisements would most probably appear on your blog.
Prevent Ads Clicking : Another useful way to prevent ads clicking is by installing Firefox Add-ons like ABP – Ad Block Plus which is a free addon which would disable most of the advertisements when you access any website. Hence you can disable advertisements only for your website while you are viewing it, while its enabled for others. This tool is seriously much useful because some free file sharing websites and entertainment related websites are full of ads and somethings which cannot be opened in public, and the addon would just disable all this stuff and keep you secure too.
If you are still not satisfied with this, you can submit this form and notify Google with the URL where you had clicked on the advertisement, approx time, Reason why the click was made like accident, testing ad, mistake etc. In case of Click Bombs where in you feel some jealous guy or a competitor is clicking on your ads, you can even send your traffic stats with IP of recent visitors etc.