Click Fraud Blog
September 20th, 2007
A new term has come onto my personal radar and that is impression fraud. I would like to define this term for readers of this blog.
Impression fraud is a close relative of click fraud, but instead of effecting pay per click advertising budgets, it is effecting advertisers who use pay per impression or CPM as it is also know.
CPM is an abbreviation for cost per thousand impressions where M stands for the Latin term for one thousand. The abbreviation is a throw back to print advertising where the term meant cost per thousands of homes the publication would reach.
In a Google Adwords context it relates to site targeted advertising where you will pay a set amount for one thousand impressions of your ads on a site or type of site your select during ad creation, as opposed to pay per click advertising when an advertiser only pays when the ad is clicked upon.
CPM ads can be text ads, image ads or click to play video ads, and they are generally used when a company is trying to build brand awareness. An example of this could be a car company who has released a new model and they want to pay for repeated image ads to be displayed on a leading car review site which runs adsense advertising.
With impression fraud, content publishers are generating repeated reloads of their website in an effort to increase impressions and thereby generate revenue.
There are doubts whether impression fraud gets past many of the filters used by the search engines.
I hope that helps define impression fraud for you.