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How Hot is Click Fraud?

It’s amazing just how heated of a subject “click fraud” is. When I published details of my conversation with Google, I made no attempt to cover both sides of the story. Long time readers will know that I’ve never believed the hype surrounding click fraud numbers, but they’ll also know that I’m balanced in my coverage.

However, with this article, I felt a balanced report would simply be that, a balanced commentary with no room for conversation. So instead, I kept it one-sided and let the community provide the balance – and boy did they.

So, what were the stats on the post?

5,000+ visitors more than the average day (3,000+ from Digg, ~300 from Techmeme)

50+ links

And a lot of people wanting to add their comments, as this heat map (courtesy of Crazy Egg) demonstrates:

So, it goes to prove that when you can combine an exclusive with a hot topic, add a sprinkle of Google and mix in a whole lot of controversy, you get a great amount of traffic and audience participation.