by   July 16 2012   
When you look to protect your AdSense Account be sure to list the websites you want advertisers to see as you and not some spammer link farm. Content Scrappers are going to be around for years so its best you understand what you can do to protect yourself.

Google AdSense Unauthorized Sites

Unauthorized site

At a Glance: Be sure you have your "Authorized Sites" listed in your Account. This is very important. That IP address in your stats isn't going away but keep your advertisers happen by not allowing the advertisement to be displayed on any site other than your own.

Sites that are displaying your ad code which are not included in your authorized sites list.

Clicks and impressions from these sites will appear in your reports, but you will not generate earnings from them.

76.73.39.228 : 76.73.39.227 : 83.133.124.95 : 95.215.2.27
Check your Performance Reports under sites to identify anything that might make you believe your site has been cached. It's difficult at times but you don't want to publish even in cached pages.

It takes all kinds to make up the internet and referral spam is nothing but spam.

I personally don’t like it because it typically means my content is scraped and being used to promote someone else and their services. Now, if they paid me I wouldn’t have an issue with it. But because they are typically not the proper business types I just ignore them in general and redirect the referral to a page explaining to the visitor they have been tricked by a website spam index or index farm.

But you might be looking for something more. Like a simple Abuse Email address or a telephone number so you can call and hang up on them. You might even want to do other things that I’ll not get into because that would be just too scary for me.

How to find your referral spammer.

Using Google Analytics.

  1. Select Traffic Sources (Main Group or Tab)
  2. Select: Sources
  3. Select: Referrals
  4. Note all IP referrals that you have. My simple list of new IPs is below.
    • 83.133.124.95
    • 95.215.2.27
    • 76.73.39.227
    • 76.73.39.228
  5. Click on the IP to view the landing page or content page.

You might find only a slash which is your home page.

You can be sure this is a link farm gearing up to spam you about "How many referrals we have sent to you" and you know the next line. "If you would like to continue receiving referrals from our service pay up buddy!" (or something like that)

When you ignore them, add them to your blocked list and filter them out of your reports all is good.
Don’t let this get under your skin. They do have a seriously good setup when it comes to faking traffic all the way to User Agents. I can’t wait for the advertisements to hit my inbox!

You can review a few more things with your Google Analytics and identify the behavior of these spam farms if you would like.
The Most important thing is to not allow your Adsense ads to appear on these sites. It could be bad.
Go and set your Account Settings and add the sites you allow. You’ll see this spam farm show up as disallowed soon enough. This will protect your account in the long run.

I do have a question but haven't asked it in the Google Adsense groups yet.

Some of the IP addresses listed here are just spam, scrapper and indexing sites. But other sites like Google Cache and Google Translate are not and do show your page as designed but in their environment. Should you allow your ads to appear in Google Translate and Web Cache as approved sources for your site? I'm going to guess yes but I wont know until I hear back from them. The sites in question are: translate.googleusercontent.com, webcache-exp-test.googleusercontent.com

Well I'm glad you made it this far, I found the article I needed to answer the above question:

From Google Adsense Resource: "Why do my reports include sites I don't manage?"

This part is taken from the above page:

"Sites that serve the contents of your site from their own domain. For example, Google cached search results and Google Translate may retrieve your content, then serve it from a Google domain, without iframes (in this case the content is shown through webcache.googleusercontent.com and translate.googleusercontent.com). You can authorize some of these sites that you trust to display ads."

Google Adsense Resource: Authorizing sites to display ads

From my best "Translation" it appears that I can add webcache and translate to my list. But, because it's in a different domain I'm going to guess it doesn't really count. It's "Trust" and I guess if I can't trust the Google User Content then who can I trust?

If any of you know the policy page that spells it out in feel free to email me that link. (Answered!)

I should have known the old group over at WebMasterWorld.Com would have someone on the "Inside" (from what I understand). Here's the link and read what AdSenseAdvisor says. I'm going to search to see if I can find the official WebMasterWorld.Com AdsenseAdvisor Post.

My List of Not Good in my Opinion Sites:

  • IP address: 88.198.7.221
    • Host name: static.88-198-7-221.clients.your-server.de
      88.198.7.221 is from Germany(DE) in region Western Europe
  • IP address: 83.133.124.95
    • Host name: srv101.server.name
      83.133.124.95 is from Germany(DE) in region Western Europe
  • IP address: 83.133.124.190
    • Host name: t1579.1paket.com
      83.133.124.190 is from Germany(DE) in region Western Europe

If you feel I've made a mistake or these are actually cache servers for search feel free to contact me. But, from what I see I'm thinking they aren't good.

My List of Good to Add Sites:

  • IP address: 131.253.14.98
    Host name: translator.live.com

Any more questions? No? Well then, content creation is back in gear. Have fun!

When you look to protect your AdSense Account be sure to list the websites you want advertisers to see as you and not some spammer link farm. Content Scrappers are going to be around for years so its best you understand what you can do to protect yourself.