The Truth - Adsense Click Fraud Can
NOT be Stopped
Your probably reading this article because you use Google Adwords to
bring traffic to your website, or your a click fraudster yourself, wanting
to see what kind of information I have for you. Most of you click fraudsters
will think that I have no idea what I am talking about, and that I do
not know your methods. Well, trust me buddy, I KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU AND
WHAT YOU DO.
If you are new to the click fraud scene, here is an example:
1. Scumbag puts Google Adsense ads on his website.
2. The scumbag then proceeds to cheat Google Adsense by creating false
clickthroughs and impressions, in return earning him a pretty nice profit,
because he isn't even working on his website, just generating false traffic.
All of you people that run campaigns through Google Adwords are thinking, "This
guy has no idea what he is talking about, Google has everything under
control and they even state so publicly!"
WOW! What kind of pay per click company would admit that they DO NOT
have click fraud under control? I wonder what would happen to their business
immediately following that statement.
Estimates say that nearly 20% of all clicks for Adsense are illegitimate.
In my honest opinion I believe this number to be around 30-35% from some
of the things I have seen.
Alrite, now the big question, how are they doing it?
There are a number of ways that people are cheating, including the 'click
groups' from India that click on your ads for you and create big pay
checks as long as you pay them their $0.50 an hour so they can buy bread
for their family.
But I'm going to show you the technical way that Google Adsense is cheated,
not poor people clicking ads. I'm talking about extremely smart programmers
that create hitbots to cheat Adsense. And, NO, I'm not talking about
that piece of garbage 'CACA' or Clicking Agent that you find on Google.
I am talking about PRIVATE programs and scripts that are only used by
How do these scripts get away undetected you ask?
Simple, let's actually take a look at Google's click fraud protection
(This is what I have summed up, I seriously don't believe they have anything
other protection because people are still cheating using these methods
as you read this article.)
If you actually take a look at Google's Adsense code when it is on your
webpage you will find the URL that is used to retrieve ads. (Right-Clck
your ad Iframe and click 'View Page Information' or something similar.)
Here is an example of the URL that you will find:
Now let's decode this up a little bit, shall we?
client=ca-pub-2521202633232871 - Your client code, this tells Google
who to assign the click-through money to.
Date(); document.write(google_date.getTime()) --- Which generates 1124847235453.
This shows you the number of milliseconds since midnite January 1, 1970.
This is what seems to be Google's biggest automated proxy clicker fraud
prevention. Doesn't seem too hard to generate with 2 lines of code now
lmt=1124631699 - The last time your webpage was updated. LMT stands for
document.write(document.lastModified); --- Which generates 1124631699.
(Notice I'm skipping a bunch, that's because they are just showing the
type of ad, colors, and size that you are using.)
cc=59 - Seems to be some random number based on the screen width, height,
and color scheme. I've seen this number go from 20 all the way up to
400. I'm sure they don't use this to reliably track click fraud.
u_h=768 - Height of your screen settings.
u_w=1024 - Width of your screen settings.
u_ah=738 - Your available screen height.
u_aw=1024 - Your available screen width.
u_cd=32 - Color scheme on windows, e.g. 32-bit.
u_tz=-240 - Your monitor refresh rate or something else that isn't important,
I've never seen it not -240.
u_java=true - Just seeing if you have java enabled.
There are some other variables that are sometimes in the URL such as
'u_his=' this means how many pages you have visited since you started
up your browser. There's also some MIME type checks and how many plugins
you have installed, but these variables come up very rarely. I think
they are only meant for Netscape/Firefox browsers.
Now that we have 'decoded' the supposed unbeatable Google Adsense code,
what do you think about click fraud? You still think it is rare?
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