Click Fraud, How Does My Small Business Combat It?

 Last year, the ad verification company Adloox predicted ad fraud could cost advertisers $16.4 billion in 2017—or about 20.5 percent of total global digital ad spend. – from a March 4, 2018 Adweek Article

But what can a small business, who’s already sweating the monthly click budget, do about protecting itself against click fraud? The answer depends of course on how much your company spends on pay per click advertising. And while 100% legitimate clicks is not realistic, there are some basic strategies small business can use to monitor for fraudulent clicks.

  1. Run Your Own Server. This gives you access to your data in ways the Google Analytics can’t give you, namely the intimate details of your paid clicks, namely IP Address, timestamp, actions, and basic user info like device, browser, etc. IP addresses that click time and time again and bounce or otherwise not convert, then it’s time to take action. But that requires human invervention to some degree to view these reports, which leads us to
  2. Human monitoring. Even a few minutes a day reviewing daily logs, Adwords reports, etc, can turn up evidence (or not) or click fraud in your PPC campaigns. And while its unrealistic to assume this monitoring can happen every business day, you can get a better handle on your clicks with say a week of intense monitioring (auditing) where staff reviews clicks daily side by side with internally generated visitor logs from your server.
  3. Set up multiple Conversions and Smart Goals within Google Analytics. Arm yourself with the best reporting possible with Google Analytics by setting up common conversions goals such as ‘time on site’ and ‘pages per visit’ to get a good sense of whether keywords are producing legititmate clicks or not.
  4. Set up Alerts. On Statcounter for example, when suspicious IP addresses that you have identified return to your site, you can get an alert message sent to you. Additionally, you can set up alerts for other common click fraud behavior.

Click fraud is a real and continuing issue to all small businesses who use PPC as a lead generator. And while the typical small business IT budget can’t support much in the way of additional monitoring costs, small businesses who run their own VPN typically have much better tools at their disposal to monitor and combat.

SSL Certificate: A Must-Have on Your WordPress Website

Is it really true that 24 posts are published in WordPress websites every single second? Yes! WordPress is a giant pillar available for all with great user-friendliness and it offers tons of plugins which can be used to extend the functionalities and performance of your WP site. However, security is a huge issue with running WordPress and it has become important to have an SSL certificates for your WordPress website these days.

SSL Certificates (Secure Socket Layer) inspire confidence and show that you care about the privacy and integrity of the data of your users. An SSL Certificate protects sensitive information of your customers such as name, address, passwords or credit card number, encrypting the information on the server your site is hosted. Additionally, The certificate is required for all e-commerce services. SSL is not only essential in e-commerce but is also for any site, especially in WordPress. Using SSL on your WordPress makes it work much better and increases the security levels exponentially.


Sites with SSL are friendlier to search engines and the presence of SSL Certificate improves the positioning of your site, especially in Google. Search engines are now beginning to flag websites without HTTPS as insecure and rank them below others which have HTTPS for every search query. Thus, having SSL certificate in a WordPress Website is literally the best way to ensure that the website gets maximum traffic by getting placed top in the search results.


SSL certificate enables HTTPS toolbar with the green bar and padlock symbol is a mandatory for most online buyers these days. And foor WordPress eCommerce websites, PCI DSS compliance standards demand to have SSL certificate if their business volumes exceed a particular limit.


Installing an SSL certificate for WordPress helps to protect your site visitors from eavesdropping, phishing, and other common exploits. SSL is an investment that will pay real immediate terms of peace of mind and customer confidence in your website and by extension your brand. SSL is a must have for WordPress sites that have frequent customer interaction, subscribers, contributors, editors, and members.


You need to do one more step when adding HTTPS to your WordPress site before it is completely secure, and that is changing the URL paths to your site’s media. There are several good plugins that can help with this, and it’s usually a quick process. See this one for example:

Should My Company’s Website Use WordPress?

by John Vanover, founder and owner of Buildbuyer, a marketing & technology company that is celebrating 15 years of assisting independent business grow.

The short answer yes. The long answer is yes, but it’s no free ride. Expect to budget both monthly and yearly for updates, monitoring, and server costs.

6 Things to Consider When Building Business WordPress

  1. Open source is not free. Build monthly and yearly WordPress maintenance into your budget
  2. Make the most of WordPress Core and utilize the WordPress API for best security practices and integration with other systems (Salesforce, Quickbooks, etc.)
  3. Use Plugins & Themes with caution. A few great ones go a long way. Always delete unused.
  4. Only use 3rd party plugins, widgets, themes, etc from developers who are actively supporting and developing them (see reviews in
  5. Keep researching new customer services tools for WordPress sites, there’s something new and cool every day launching.
  6. Make it open and as public as possible. A few simple verification tools along with occasional human monitoring can make your WordPress site an engaging customer hub in the World Wide Web.

Even taking into account the consistent, even constant, security vulnerabilities that come with running WordPress, relative to other options WordPress can offer a solid platform on which small and medium sized business can actively manage their web and digital assets.

From apps to docs to transactions WordPress can scale as your small business grows. But no, open source is not free. And no, WordPress cannot do everything you will want it to. But it can, if you set it up right and manage its limitations, be a business building hub in the World Wide Web.

First and last issue for your WordPress site, of course, is security. Do you know how many WordPress sites are infected with malware and don’t even know it? Security maintenance and planning is not optional in a WordPress environment. You will get hacked. It WILL happen. You will get malware and will not even know it because why would the hackers want you to know they have compromised your site?

There are obviously a million primers on WordPress Security planning out there, so I will just add this – have a human being review your WordPress security every month. Whether an hour or two, whatever it its, don’t think WordPress security can be automated %100. Given the byzantine nature of how WordPress does its updates, it will behoove you to have somebody review your site’s WordPress, theme, and plugins version at least every month, as well as anti-malware software scans on a regular schedule.

Second, and just as important is, how does WordPress build my business? The nice thing I think about WordPress stems from its blogger software roots, in that all the hard parts about creating and managing users, files, tags, and categories is all ready to go Day 1. Whether you need the full tool kit is another question. But the tools to open up your digital doors, show people finely searchable stuff, encourage them to sign up, sign in, enter card here, it’s all here and ready to be customized to your workflow.

Because let’s face it, the World Wide Web still has a lot of Wild Wild West in it. Between hackers, spambots, and phishers it’s a wonder anybody wanders out in the WWW at all. So first, you want to have a safe environment for your visitors/members/customers. But you also want to give them some tools, some searches, some offers. WordPress properly configured can provide real value to your all your site’s visitors, from first timers to ancient customers.

And finally, the real reason why use WordPress for your growing small business is, it’s still better than anything else out there. Now let me explain. Yes there are are ‘better’ CMS systems out there. But guess what, when your ‘better’ CMS breaks who’s going to fix it? WordPress wins out as the best CMS not because of its code but because of the humongous world of designers, developers, and coders working around it. Need a WordPress site fixed? Jeez, that’s going to be a difficult person to find (sarcasm alert.)

WordPress is not a perfect product, and it is frequently beset with ongoing security vulnerabilities. But as long as you understand its limitation and actively manage security, WordPress can be a good customer sales and service hub in that volatile marketplace known as the World Wide Web.