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    Does google fake clicks?

    This is what I was wondering for quite some time now. How exactly does google count clicks? I mean, is it just me or everytime I check my traffic stats and exit link activity, I can see that people have clicked 5x more ads than what google shows in my adsense stats.. do they skim us?

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    I don't think so. everything is logged and tracked automatically.

    6. You can make money without doing evil.
    Google is a business. The revenue we generate is derived from offering search technology to companies and from the sale of advertising displayed on our site and on other sites across the web. Hundreds of thousands of advertisers worldwide use AdWords to promote their products; hundreds of thousands of publishers take advantage of our AdSense program to deliver ads relevant to their site content. To ensure that we're ultimately serving all our users (whether they are advertisers or not), we have a set of guiding principles for our advertising programs and practices:

    • We don't allow ads to be displayed on our results pages unless they are relevant where they are shown. And we firmly believe that ads can provide useful information if, and only if, they are relevant to what you wish to find – so it's possible that certain searches won't lead to any ads at all.
    • We believe that advertising can be effective without being flashy. We don't accept pop-up advertising, which interferes with your ability to see the content you've requested. We've found that text ads that are relevant to the person reading them draw much higher clickthrough rates than ads appearing randomly. Any advertiser, whether small or large, can take advantage of this highly targeted medium.
    • Advertising on Google is always clearly identified as a "Sponsored Link," so it does not compromise the integrity of our search results. We never manipulate rankings to put our partners higher in our search results and no one can buy better PageRank. Our users trust our objectivity and no short-term gain could ever justify breaching that trust.
    source: http://www.google.com/corporate/tenthings.html

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    Well, my stats are telling me something else..

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    Just because Google says they don't, doesn't make it true. They wouldn't say, "Yeah. We're ripping you off!"

    I guarantee that there are discrepancies in their system. One way or another, some of us pay for what we don't get.

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    I don't think so. Google has a sophisticated algorithm to determine genuine clicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abinowbhat View Post
    I don't think so. Google has a sophisticated algorithm to determine genuine clicks.
    That's exactly the point.

    It's an algorithm they designed, that runs for them. They can make it do anything.

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    Eh, contact Google and see what their response will be

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    Is it possible that the discrepancy in clicks comes from (spider) robots ?

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    Google is Google... whether they do or don't fake clicks, they're going to put on the mask that they don't because they're a professional business. I honestly can't see them doing anything like that, but who knows really.

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