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    sandra rinckposted 9 years ago

    Okay, I was looking through the hubbers that signed up through me and one just happens to be really interesting.  While I am reading his hubs, I felt the urge to click on one of that ads.

    I didn't because I am not sure if this is in the forbidden zone.  So What do I do?  I want to click the add but really need to know if this is against the rules.

    1. Eaglekiwi profile image77
      Eaglekiwiposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      lol,no I dont think  you can click, because your tracker is how he.she signed up , but giggled because I could just imagine you wanting to hit the click here button lol ( but I could be wrong) remember reading somewhere where it said , they adsense can see which trackerID the clicks come from etc.

      Sandra can ya tell me how you know who signed up (under you) I have seen 2 have on mine , but didnt know I could know who etc?

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        sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        You caught on to me and buttons. lol
        Yeah, I think you are right so it is frustrating.  Who knew there would be a downside to a good sign up.

        -go to your url trackers and click on the token that has the sign up on it.  It will tell you who it is. big_smile

        1. Eaglekiwi profile image77
          Eaglekiwiposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Ok cool thanks ,but I was just thinking , what if you didnt know who signed up under your tracker ID? (which would be possible) so maybe Im wrong ( and you can click after all).

          ..hold out someone else will know for sure!!

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            sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Ah, that is a good point.  I shall wait for more answers. big_smile

    2. sunforged profile image71
      sunforgedposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      There is a small percentage of a possibility that the add you are captivated by is being served under your google adsense account, that is how the referral bonuses are given.

      So its not wrong (so not against the rules, whose rules anyways?) to click on your referrals ads, but it POSSIBLE that you are actually clicking on your own ad.

      But you will have a small chance of breaking "G";s TOS and an even smaller chance of being penalized for it..very small, but possible

      and Eaglekiwi: Google know nothing about your Hubpages URL tracker...but they do know your IP, and probably log every Ip you check your adsense account with...if they see that same IP as the address that clicks an ad there automatic system cares nothing about how it may have happened, only that you are defrauding their advertiser. Its a machine, a computer program an algorithm, it does not comprehend accident

      Once again, one little accidental click really isnt likely to raise any flags, I know I have clicked on ads from my profile page multiple times without thinking and other places throughout the years.

      Usually, if Google suspects a fraudulent click, you just dont receive crefit...but lots of them will lead to an account ban

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        sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks sf.  Still makes me afraid to click it.  Maybe I will come across the same ad somewhere else. But I really want to know what it says.

    3. relache profile image83
      relacheposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Because he is one of your referrals, 10% of the time, YOUR ad code is going to be on his Hubs.  That means, you could actually wind up clicking on your own ads on his hubs and that's something you specifically want to avoid.  Paul Deeds just explained this over in  another thread.

    4. Ultimate Hubber profile image63
      Ultimate Hubberposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Don't click as you might be clicking your own ad. If you are really keen to click, then check your pub-id from your Adsense account and see the code of that page. Find the Pub in the code. If it matches your pub-id, then don't click because clicking that ad will do nothing but ban you.

      1. darkside profile image79
        darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Rather than looking through the source code, right click the ad, get the URL and find the bit at the end as I've suggested.

  2. BrianFanslau profile image61
    BrianFanslauposted 9 years ago

    no I'm sure it is not. The purpose of advertising is to draw in a buyer. If you signed him/her up and you are genuinely interested and would potentially buy then the ad money that was spent by the advertiser was not a waste and the add produced a "good lead"

  3. BrianFanslau profile image61
    BrianFanslauposted 9 years ago

    by the way congrats on over 4000 forum posts Sandra

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      sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, everyone seems to know these thing before me.  I always want to catch one of those blue milestone things but never get there in time. big_smile

  4. darkside profile image79
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    It's best not to click on ads. But if you're interested in seeing where the ad leads to, here's what I'd do...

    If you're using Firefox right click on the ad and choose "Copy Link Location"

    Then paste it into your browser, or Notepad. Probably better if it's Notepad.

    It might looks something like this (you'll have to mouse over it to see the whole URL)... … m&nm=4

    (I grabbed that off a hub, but I've changed the domain name so it won't cause any problems if anyone tries to use it)

    What you need to do is go look for the domain at the very end of that string, and stop short of the & and everything thereafter. In this case it's

    That is where the ad is sending the traffic.

    Sometimes it sends a person straight to a page at the site and not the frontpage. So it might look like this: … &nm=13

    In this case it's the URL … 4hours.php

  5. lrohner profile image79
    lrohnerposted 9 years ago

    Okay, I'm going to sound a bit OCD here. But I love how the OP had a typo and spelled "ad" as "add", and a lot of replies are following suit! LOL

    1. sunforged profile image71
      sunforgedposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I happen to a terrible typer....that add typo drives me nuts though, i had intended to correct it, lol

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      sandra rinckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      lol I did that twice.  I caught the second one but not the first. boogers.

  6. freelanceworld profile image60
    freelanceworldposted 9 years ago

    Most Ads  esp Text Link ads have a Link to that Site, at bottom of that ad ( Even image and video ads have those depending upon advertiser's settings)

    You can simply copy that  and view that in your browser.
    Thats the simplest and easiest way.
    For other cases, copying the whole ad link and removing ad code, etc as darkside said is a good way.

    Hope that helps
    Regards smile


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