When you get paid by the click, there are always those who will click their own ads.
Auctions Expert allegedly recruited as many as 50 people to click on online advertising, generating about $50,000 in ad revenue. The self-clicking was “worthless to advertisers, but generated significant and unjust revenue for defendants,” the Google lawsuit said.
Auctions Expert, Google claims, appeared to be created solely to profit from manipulating the Internet ad process.
I recently started running the Google Adsense ads on MO to see if it’s worth my time and precious pixels. The TOS say I can’t even mention them or ask people to click once in a while if they see something interesting, so I won’t.