A 12 year old in Spain made a mistake, confused Google’s Adwords and AdSense platforms while attempting to promote his band. José Javier is a trumpet player in a ban named Los Salerosos and racked up a bill of €100,000 ($112,000) on google after signing up for Adwords instead of Adsense, reported by Spain’s El Pais.
Javier mistook AdWords for AdSense. Google AdWords is an online advertising service that enables advertisers to compete to display brief advertising copy to web users, based in part on keywords, link the copy to the content of web pages shown to users. Web pages from Google and from partner websites are designed to allow Google to select and display this advertising copy.
Google AdSense is a program run by Google that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, or interactive media advertisements, that are targeted to site content and audience. These advertisements are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google. They can generate revenue on either a per-click or per-impression basis.
Although the bill was huge, google had recognized the mistake and cancelled the bill. Google explains the different between the two and can be found here.