Is it wrong to click on ad links for friends?
If you go to a frield's blog should you click on their advertising links? Can they get in trouble for this? Can I get in trouble with adsense if I made a habit of doing this?
YESSSSSS!!!! Don't do it! You will lose your adsense account, and so will your friend. You only get one Adsense account so if you get banned, you're done. Don't even do it once, much less make a habit of it.
Its is against the TOS of Google Adsense to click the ads on purpose. The only reason an ad should be clicked is when a stranger travels naturally though a search engine or a backlink to your hub and finds interest in the ad that is displayed on the page. Google does track this closely and even a few clicks can be enough to get you banned off google.
What is ok if you want to help out your friend is to click on an Amazon link and buy products using his/her tracker. That is considered a "referral" if you got your friend to buy something and the commission is fairly yours.
I'd avoid it at all costs, you could jeopardize both of you having adsense accounts!
Advertisers pay your friend through Google Adwords and other ad platforms to deliver interested traffic to their websites.
If you aren't interested in an ad and have no intention of buying (you wouldn't click on it if it wasn't on a different website not owned by your friend) you are helping your friend commit fraud, and his account will be disabled if caught.
Your friends won't appreciate that, so don't do it.
Although the best reasons are outlined in technical terms, I would say that from a moral standpoint, it is wrong unless you would normally have clicked on the ad anyway. I made it a point to tell my family not to click on the ads when they mentioned they wanted to "help" me. I consider it dishonest and ultimately self-defeating because by helping a friend make money without intention to buy, you are wasting someone else's money to do so. But you were probably looking for the technical answer :-)
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