Hey Google! Why is fiverr.com still online when they are allowing gig sellers to offer fraudulent clicks on adsense ads. This is being allowed on a massive scale and fiverr is doing nothing to stop it from happening. This is clearly against Google’s Adsense TOS.
Now, If I were to buy one of these gigs (clicks) and Google found out about my “fraudulent activity”, my Adsense account would be immediately disabled.
Why is Fiverr blatantly allowing these fraudulent gigs to be sold on their site by hundreds of sellers while turning a blind eye to it? This fraud leads to huge financial losses for Google and drives up the price of Adwords for every small business owner that wants to buy advertising to compete online. Why is it the little guy always gets short changed while sites like fiverr that make a lot of money get to roam free and allow this activity to go on.
Here is number 5 from the Google Adsense TOS:
5. Prohibited Uses. You shall not, and shall not authorize or encourage any third party to: (i) directly or indirectly generate queries, Referral Events, or impressions of or clicks on any Ad, Link, Search Result, or Referral Button (including without limitation by clicking on “play” for any video Ad) through any automated, deceptive, fraudulent or other invalid means, including but not limited to through repeated manual clicks, the use of robots or other automated query tools and/or computer generated search requests, and/or the unauthorized use of other search engine optimization services and/or software; (ii) edit, modify, filter, truncate or change the order of the information contained in any Ad, Link, Ad Unit, Search Result, or Referral Button, or remove, obscure or minimize any Ad, Link, Ad Unit, Search Result, or Referral Button in any way without authorization from Google; (iii) frame, minimize, remove or otherwise inhibit the full and complete display of any Web page accessed by an end user after clicking on any part of an Ad (“Advertiser Page”), any Search Results Page, or any Referral Page; (iv) redirect an end user away from any Advertiser Page, Search Results Page, or Referral Page; provide a version of the Advertiser Page, Search Results Page, or Referral Page that is different from the page an end user would access by going directly to the Advertiser Page, Search Results Page, or Referral Page; intersperse any content between the Ad and the Advertiser Page, between the page containing the Search Box and the Search Results Page, or between the Referral Button and the Referral Page; or otherwise provide anything other than a direct link from an Ad to an Advertiser Page, from the page containing the Search Box to the Search Results Page, or from the Referral Button to the Referral Page; (v) display any Ad(s), Link(s), or Referral Button(s) on any Web page or any Web site that contains any pornographic, hate-related, violent, or illegal content; (vi) directly or indirectly access, launch, and/or activate Ads, Links, Search Results, or Referral Buttons through or from, or otherwise incorporate the Ads, Links, Search Results, or Referral Buttons in, any software application, Web site, or other means other than Your Property(ies), and then only to the extent expressly permitted by this Agreement; (vii) “crawl”, “spider”, index or in any non-transitory manner store or cache information obtained from any Ads, Links, Search Results, or Referral Events, or any part, copy, or derivative thereto; (viii) act in any way that violates any Program Policies posted on the Google Web Site, as may be revised from time to time, or any other agreement between You and Google (including without limitation the Google AdWords program terms); (ix) disseminate malware; (x) create a new account to use the Program after Google has terminated this Agreement with You as a result of your breach of this Agreement; or (xi) engage in any action or practice that reflects poorly on Google or otherwise disparages or devalues Google’s reputation or goodwill. You acknowledge that any attempted participation or violation of any of the foregoing is a material breach of this Agreement and that we may pursue any and all applicable legal and equitable remedies against You, including an immediate suspension of Your account or termination of this Agreement, and the pursuit of all available civil or criminal remedies.
As you can see having someone blatantly click on your ads is against Adsense TOS, it is also Fraud. Yet Fiverr is allowing its users to sell these fraudulent gigs on their site while the moderators responsible for the quality control on their site are turning a blind eye.
Take a look for yourself at the following search query on fiverr.com for “adsense clicks”. At the time of this blog post it returned 397 best match search results for that query. Click for screen shot This screen shot was taken on 02-06-2012. As you can see 12 of the first 15 results are gigs for adsense click fraud. I do not think I need to go any further.
You can also search for “adsense” and you will see in the neighborhood of 1000 results with many sellers offering to “approve” your adsense account with in 24 hours, etc. I thought only Google could approve your Adsense account? That is hundreds of gig offering to commit click fraud for you.
Why isn’t Google going after Fiverr.com since this is happening on their site, under their watch. They have a responsibility to remove illegal activity by sellers from their site. If they continue to allow it, they, themselves are just as guilty and their website should be removed from the Internet immediately. At the very least they should be removed from U.S. search results.
Not only is Fiverr costing Google thousands of dollars every day in fraudulent clicks, Fiverr.com is keeping $1 for every gig that is sold on their site.