It's a new year and a whole new beginning. Yet again. I thought about what I am going to do this year. Mostly because I don't like to do a retrospective of the year that just passed. I might come out empty :) But I still have a few loose ends that I planned to tie up and I didn't have the time.
One of them is the stopping of using auto-surf programs. The reason for doing this is an email I received from Google AdSense. It was more of an warning. Here it is.
It has come to our attention that invalid clicks or impressions have been generated on your Google ads, posing a financial risk to our AdWords advertisers. We've found that users of third-party programs have been paid or provided with other incentives to visit your site. Such programs include, but are not limited to, auto-surf, pay-to-surf, pay-to-read, or pay-to-click sites. Please note that any method that artificially generates click or impressions on Google ads is strictly prohibited by our program policies, as such activity may artificially inflate an advertiser's costs or a publisher's earnings. We understand that you may want more information about the activity we detected. However, because we have a need to protect our proprietary detection systems, we're unable to provide our publishers with any details about their account activity, including any web pages, users, or third-party services that may have been involved. Thank you for your understanding. We recommend reviewing these references to learn more about invalid click activity and other activities that could endanger your account standing: https://www.google.com/adsense/policies?hl=en_US https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?hl=en_US http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?topic=8426&hl=en_US If you need help logging the traffic on your site to determine the source of your visitors, we recommend trying these Google search terms: Webmaster resources Website tracking and logging Site traffic analysis In addition, because we credit advertisers for any invalid activity we detect, we may adjust your account earnings for any days during which such activity occurred. Lastly, please note that if we continue to detect invalid activity from these services on your Google ads, we may take further action on your account in order to protect our advertisers' interests, and payment may be withheld. Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely, The Google AdSense Team
Thank you very much. I have a pretty good idea what caused this email. It was an error in one of the auto-surfs that gave me a huge increase in (worthless) hits in one day. They've also sent me an email saying something like this: "unfortunately for us ... but good news for you ...". Some good news. Anyway, this has convinced me to stop using this kind of programs and the rest is, as they say, history. That's one of the loose ends. Another will be presented in the next post.