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competitors clicking on ads how can you check or report them

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I suppose you´re aware that Googles software at least to some extent can detect invalid clicks (to which I am quite sure extensive clicking by your customers on your ads would be counted)?

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Hi,Just for my knowledge, How do you know that click is from competitor?
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I suppose you´re aware that Googles software at least to some extent can detect invalid clicks (to which I am quite sure extensive clicking by your customers on your ads would be counted)?

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If you are not satisfied with the invalid clicks detection that David mentioned, you can track ad clicks on your site and then block IP addresses of your competitors via IP address exclusion.  See:

 

http://support.google.com/adwords/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=61492

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RBall wrote:

If you are not satisfied with the invalid clicks detection that David mentioned, you can track ad clicks on your site and then block IP addresses of your competitors via IP address exclusion.  See:

 

http://support.google.com/adwords/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=61492


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Thank you for the link. The one think to take into considaration in that source link is-

An important note about IP address exclusion: Some large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use a range of IP addresses for all their users. If you exclude an IP address that is a proxy for many users, you could be blocking a large amount of legitimate, and potentially profitable traffic. Google takes no responsibility for this action.

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@anil225 - Fair point.  IP exclusion isn't always the best solution when dealing with competitor clicks.  It's the larger companies that tend to have dedicated IP addresses.  Sometimes, it's the smaller companies who are more aggressive when it comes to clicking on ads.  It's important to do a name server lookup when considering whether or not to block an IP address.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nslookup