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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

AdSense Hack to Ban Others?

A friend who wishes to remain anonymous here sends me this – is it true?

[I] saw in a forum discussion how people were talking about the obvious way to get someone banned from Adsense – simply scrape their Publisher ID (viewable on any page), put it on your own throwaway domain that violates the TOS, and then for good measure, click the crap out of it. I.e. a classic “Joe-Jack Job” of impersonation.

A really simple solution for Google Adsense would be to give the publisher the ability to specify which domains their Publisher ID is valid on ... and only those.

No big secret this was always doable by nefarious folks; but seems to be getting more visibility/chit-chat these days. I gotta believe Google has thought of this ... and seems like it would be a simple solution to implement ... and can totally be done on the back-end (i.e. don’t even have to do real-time at ad-display, but only when calculating earnings).

Quite frankly, I’m surprised the Adsense folks haven’t provided some ability to do this already.

I find it hard to believe a third party could get your AdSense account banned without you doing anything wrong...


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