What is Click Spam?

Click spam is the act of sending fake clicks or traffic to a website, often to inflate traffic numbers or disrupt the site's performance. This can lead to poor user experience, slower load times, and lower search engine rankings. Challenges in the industry include detecting and blocking click spam in real-time, identifying the sources of unwanted traffic, and ensuring that website analytics reflect genuine user behavior.


It Affects..

Game Publishers

News Publishers

Mobile Publishers

Publisher Networks

Optimization Platforms

And many more..

Challenges faced by Publishers

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Invalid Clicks

Click spam occurs when multiple clicks on an ad come from the same user in a short time, or when a high number of clicks originate from the same IP address. Google considers such clicks invalid and may not count them towards earnings. If Google detects click spam, they will issue a warning, and if the problem persists, they may ban the publisher's account.

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If Google detects fraudulent activity on an advertiser's account, they may issue a chargeback to the publisher for the earnings generated by the fraudulent clicks. Chargebacks can be significant, and they can easily wipe out a publisher's earnings from legitimate clicks and impressions. Therefore, it's crucial for publishers to keep track of their traffic sources to avoid generating fraudulent clicks and impressions that may lead to chargebacks from Google

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Account Suspension

Advertisers want their ads to reach their target audience, and they pay a premium for it. However, if click spam or fraud traffic is detected, advertisers may become suspicious of the quality of traffic they are receiving. They may assume that the publisher is intentionally engaging in fraudulent activities, even if they are not.

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Loss of Credibility

Google detects click spam, they can impose penalties on the publisher, which can include chargebacks and account suspensions. These penalties not only hurt the publisher financially, but they can also hurt their reputation. Advertisers may avoid working with publishers who have been penalized by Google, as they may view them as unreliable or untrustworthy because those ads aren't effective at generating traffic and conversions.

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Loss in Rankings

Click spam can significantly harm a publisher's search engine rankings, which can have long-lasting negative effects on their business. When a publisher engages in click spam, it can lead to a high bounce rate and poor user engagement, which can indicate to search engines that the website's content is not relevant or engaging. This can result in a lower ranking in search results, which can significantly impact traffic and revenue.

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Low-quality Traffic

Fraudulent traffic sources are often low-quality, and they do not provide the intended audience for the ads. For example, some publishers may purchase traffic from click farms or bot networks that generate clicks and impressions from non-human sources. As a result, the ads may not receive any relevant traffic, and advertisers may choose to withdraw their ads or pay less for them.

How do we help

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