My Cat Clicked On My AdSense Ads
Posted on 30th March, 2007
Like all self-respecting and responsible AdSense publishers, I am careful not to click on my own AdSense ads. If I find an ad that interests me, I usually check its URL and type it directly into my browser address bar.
You can also use the Preview Tool to check the destination of ads that are on your page. Ads displayed in the preview tool are in a test state so you don’t have to worry about accidentally clicking on an ad.
But what happen if my cat clicks on my AdSense ad? He likes to sleep on the table where I am working and sometimes do what some cats usually do – play with the mouse and keyboard.
Will Google accept my explanation if I say my cat clicked on my AdSense ads?
I was inspired to post this after I read Philipp Lenssen discussion about clicking own AdSense at Google Blogoscoped. His response to the AdSense clicker cats phenomena is as follows
Your kitten can click on your ads, as it doesn’t own the AdSense account, and you’re not able to judge whether the cat was genuinely interested (because you can’t communicate to your cat about this). However, you are not allowed to throw your kitten on the keyboard, because that would mean you “directly or indirectly generate queries”. And I think it’s against animal rights 🙂