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Traffic Exchange Sites Can Hurt Your Adsense Account
Did you know that clicking your own adsense ads is not the only ground for Google to terminate your account?
Recently, I came across some bloggers whining about their Adsense account being banned without any reason. They pointed out that they never clicked their ads nor done anything against Google TOS.
While my sympathy goes for them, I noticed how they might have gone into serious fault. They innocently submitted their sites to traffic exchange sites especially autosurfs and autohits. I easily observed that through their FeedJit Widgets and their Project Wonderful stats.
Promoting or submitting your sites or blogs to traffic exchange sites (especially autosurfs) with your adsense ads in it may result in your adsense account being terminated. This is simply because getting hits from these artificial traffic generators exposes your ads into “invalid impressions”.
This is against Google TOS. It is clearly stated in the Google AdSense Program Policies.
Clicks on Google ads must result from genuine user interest. Any method that artificially generates clicks or impressions on your Google ads is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to repeated manual clicks or impressions, using robots, automated click and impression generating tools, third-party services that generate clicks or impressions such as paid-to-click, paid-to-surf, autosurf, and click-exchange programs, or any deceptive software.
Some of us may not be aware that those ads displayed on our pages are not all CPC-based. Some are CPM-based. That means you are paid per thousand impressions. I know this to be true because I noticed it on my adsense earnings account. This is the reason why Google prohibits adsense publishers from such impressions.
Does this mean you can’t use traffic exchange and autosurf sites to drive visitors to your sites? There are innovative ways to utilize this kind of traffic generation method.
One is by simply creating a splash page or window page. This will serve as click through to your main site. This will be the one that you should submit to traffic exchange programs or autosurf sites instead of your main page which may directly expose your adsense ads.