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How can I see if clicks are from bots or real people?

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Hi,

 

Welcome to the community.

 

It is very difficult to find clicks are from bots or real people.

 

But Google has a very sophisticated monitoring system to protect advertisers from invalid clicks generated by bots.

 

Find more information in the link below

 

http://support.google.com/adwords/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=6114

 

You can use the invalid clicks troubleshooter to get more information about specific questions

 

http://support.google.com/adwords/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=2557048&page=ts.cs&from=15950&rd=2

 

Hope this helps

 

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Hi Lazerbikerocks,

 

It is very unlikely that bots are clicking on your ads. The ads are served using client-side Javascript. Bots, in general, do not execute that Javascript.

 

The only way to tell if a click was a bot or a human is to look through your own web logs. Well behaved bots will identify themselves in the user agent data. They normally provide a link in the user agent data to further describe the function of the bot. There are a few "rogue" bots that do not identify themselves. Those are hard to identify directly, but you can identify them through a look at their behavior pattern. If you have on IP address that is making an unusually large number of page requests, or page requests with in an extremely short period of time (multiple requests within 2 or 3 second or less), that is likely a bot.

 

Best of Luck!

 

Pete

 

petebardo -- Deadhead doing AdWords

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Thanks for your replys guys. 

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Here's the stats from my website regarding bots:

 

Robots/Spiders visitors (Top 10)   -   21 different robots* Hits Bandwidth Last visit

Unknown robot (identified by 'bot/' or 'bot-') 1035+59 40.63 MB 27 Oct 2012 - 00:55

Findlinks 395+7 4.95 MB 27 Oct 2012 - 09:53

Unknown robot (identified by hit on 'robots.txt')0+216 198.23 KB 26 Oct 2012 - 23:45

Java (Often spam bot) 165 7.14 MB 26 Oct 2012 - 09:46

Yandex bot 108+43 531.20 KB 27 Oct 2012 - 00:30

Googlebot 91+42 404.94 KB 27 Oct 2012 - 09:38

HTTrack off-line browser 112+1 3.05 MB 21 Oct 2012 - 10:07

Unknown robot (identified by 'robot') 39+70 220.26 KB 27 Oct 2012 - 09:29

BaiDuSpider 89+18 438.14 KB 27 Oct 2012 - 07:41

Turn It In 80+23 226.57 KB 26 Oct 2012 - 04:47

Others182+36 9.43 MB  

* Robots shown here gave hits or traffic "not viewed" by visitors, so they are not included in other charts. Numbers after + are successful hits on "robots.txt" files.

 

Do you know how Hits relates to Clicks and how can I tell if the bots visiting my site came there through Google Adwords?

 

Thanks Peter

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Hi Peter,

 

Hits in your log are the same as click in AdWords. If the "hit" was from AdWords, the request query string data will include a gclid value (if you have auto-tagging enabled).

 

Like I said earlier, ads are served with Javascript. Bots don't run that Javascript, so it is highly unlikely and of the bot hits are the result of an AdWords click. If you find any, please let us know!

 

Best of Luck!

 

Pete

 

petebardo -- Deadhead doing AdWords

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Ok, thanks Pete