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  •  Should You Or Shouldn't You Click? (3+ / 0-)
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    lonelyutahdem15, Lujane, Noamjunior

    on these ads. Well Google and other folks call that "click fraud," when folks just click on an ad to get the advertiser to pay. They are not fans of it.

    I mean lets say you are an auto repair place in Chicago and you are running Google ads. Your competition knows you are running them, so they just enter those terms you are buying in Google and click, click, click to run through the budget.

    Well that would kind of suck wouldn't it.

    Google and other are supposed to have some pretty complex algorithms running to monitor for this. At least according to Google's terms and conditions if Google felt this was happening they could cancel Markos's account.

    This is something that happens pretty rarely, but it is a possibility, although remote. What they are usually looking for is one IP address or a few IP addresses doing this. If the whole Daily Kos community, or even a small percent did it, they would have no way to know what was going on.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 01:15:31 PM PDT

    •  It's a free country. An individual can click if (2+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, ParkRanger

      they want to, for any reason I choose.  Even if I think Toomey is a jerk.

      •  I Wasn't Passing Judgement (1+ / 0-)
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        Lujane

        but stating how Google and others view it.

        But again, they are really looking at individual IP addresses. Lets say I set-up an AdSense account and put Google ads on my blog. To make money I and a few friends just spend an hour a day clicking on the ads.

        It is stuff like this they want to stop.

        "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

        by webranding on Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 01:24:23 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks Again (2+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, ParkRanger

      got to sign off for a while, but want to discuss more- maybe the kos community should make an effort to click each ad
      I was hoping someone would bring up click fraud, which  I always thought that is more about using software to register clicks as opposed to actually clicking them.

    •  Using the Chicago auto repair example, (1+ / 0-)
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      martini

      how could Google cancel Kos' account over that - it' s not his fault if that auto repair shop has unscrupulous competitors.

    •  thanks - sorry for the long response wait (0+ / 0-)

      I mean lets say you are an auto repair place in Chicago and you are running Google ads. Your competition knows you are running them, so they just enter those terms you are buying in Google and click, click, click to run through the budget.

      that is pretty much my understanding of clickfraud- but using software to register multiple clicks, not manually clicking

      Click fraud is the secret google would rather not discuss, as like you said, google's ability likely weeds out only the grossest offenders, if they even really have the ability to prevent it- which I think is questionable.

      as for the ethics, individuals clicking on right-wing PR groups funded by billionaires to me is about the moral equivilant of using your cassette recorder to tape songs off of FM  radio  

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