If you either 1. Have a lot of hubpages referrals who also write hubs, or 2. Use trackers anywhere in your work, there's a good chance that your adverts will show on hubs that you didn't write.
I was thinking about this, this morning and came to the conclusion that Adsense would probably ban first and ask questions later if they found YOUR adverts on a hub that had questionable content or anything against Adsense ToS.
Just another thing to think about - every time you hub hop and report spam or anything against ToS, you may well be protecting yourself as well.
Does that mean someone could actually bring down a competitor by signing up under her referral link to create one or more spammy accounts?
That's a scary thought and I didn't think of that. However I'm sure that with help from the staff, if such an incident did occur, it would eventually be worked out with the fact it's not your page. However I'm sure it would cause at least some hassle and worry with Adsense.
Although anyone attempting this would probably end up getting their own Adsense account banned anyway, so hopefully that is reason enough for them not to.
I appreciate your feedback. I was thinking that it sounds strange an affiliate should be able to hurt the "master," who has no power over who decides to become an affiliate simply by clicking on a link. So I was fishing for whether Adsense may be able to distinguish between the different types of accounts. Maybe we will never know. Thanks for raising the issue.
If that were the case, a nasty competitor could simply use your Adsense code on spam. It doesn't take a referral.
I have no idea how Google would handle that or if has ever happened.
I should think she would be more likely to loose her own account than the person whose referral link she used.
...but it really helps everyone when we take the initiative to report spammers.
Okay, again I may seem quite novice with this question, but I feel compelled to ask it anyway.
When you are referring to spam, or referral links, I am not completely sure I understand what these are. My concern is that I don't want to risk making a mistake and causing either one of these evil events by not knowing any better.
I always link to good hubs that relate to the subject I am writing about, my understanding is this increases the readers experience while visiting and helps the community writers get read. Am I on the right path, or am I on my way to evil town?
Spam, used broadly here, means hubs with duplicate, substandard, overly promotional content. I don't do the hub hopping, but from what I've understood the spammy hubs can be very bad indeed and are easy to distinguish from quality hubs.
Referrals does not mean regular links, but links in which a URL tracker has been used, so that if someone signs up on your tracker or visits a hub by following your link with a tracker, you will be given a financial reward - namely a share of the page impressions and associated advertising revenues.
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