Google AdSense, TOS, and PTC sites

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  1. belief713 profile image60
    belief713posted 14 years ago

    Hi all,

    I tried finding my answer elsewhere with no luck so I figured I'd see if anyone here knows the answer. I was thinking of advertising one of my hubs with a Paid To Click site...
    a) does HubPages allow that?
    b) does Google AdSense allow that?

    I saw on one of the other forum topics that you couldn't use traffic exchanges (which I didn't know - or failed to read) with AdSense, so I was wondering if a PTC site would be considered similar to a traffic exchange in Google's eyes?

    Any feedback appreciated. Thanks!

    1. irewolede profile image55
      irewoledeposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I think this hubpages is enough for you to advertise your hub.

      1. darkside profile image74
        darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Not the answer that the thread starter was after.

        Belief, I'd email the team at hubpages to find out.

        If PTC is similar to Adwords, it shouldn't be a problem. If it leans more towards the reputation of traffic exchange then avoid it, which you would have anyway smile

        It would be good to have a hub staffer drop by and make a statement.

        1. belief713 profile image60
          belief713posted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks, darkside. Where do I find their email info?

          I should have made myself more clear. Just assuming the worst, and that you're not familiar with PTC, the type of PTC site I would like to use is or other similar ones. Users are paid to click on ads there - they would get paid a few cents to read my add, which takes them to my website. So it makes me wonder if that may be against Google AdSense Policy since it resembles (in my mind) a traffic exchange.

          Yes, it would.

  2. profile image0
    daflaposted 14 years ago

    Hubpages doesn't penalize traffic exchange sites, or link farms as they are affectionately known, Google does.

    It's changed it's algorithm to basically IGNORE links from those sites, so I'd stay far, far, away.

  3. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Yes, it is against Adsense TOS if you pay somebody to click your ads.

  4. gamergirl profile image89
    gamergirlposted 14 years ago

    I get what the OP is talking about - it's not about paying people to click your google ads.

    It's about having a link posted through a site like traffic swarm or traffic splash or whatever, and paying for a spot in ad rotations through text links and banners there.  Surfing sites like this tend to yield a HORRIBLE return rate, though.  For instance, I tried a site we'll call Busy.

    I paid 4.99 for 10,000 hits on banner ads and text ads, all of which lead to my blog.  Do you know how many clicks I got? Seven.  No ad clicks, either, so no return on my money. 

    Now, I suppose if I did something like put that money toward a red bull or two so I could write more hubs - it'd have been a wiser investment.

    1. darkside profile image74
      darksideposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I like the way you think!

      1. belief713 profile image60
        belief713posted 14 years agoin reply to this


    2. belief713 profile image60
      belief713posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, that's what I was talking about. Thanks for explaining it better than me, gamergirl!

      Mischa, yes I do generally agree those types of sites are garbage traffic, but the hub I want to redirect to is one about telecommuting. And so, therefore, I think if people are willing to accept 10 cents a click (which will then allow them to view my hub or webpage) in order to make money online, why wouldn't they be interested in a hub/site that shows them where to find real online jobs? Just my thinking....

  5. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    A, got yeah!

    So it's pretty much another way to drive traffic to your site. Garbage traffic I say. I wouldn't even bother thinking about that smile

  6. gamergirl profile image89
    gamergirlposted 14 years ago

    Yeah, it is pretty garbage.  Between free credits for surfing and my purchased credits I converted to 28,000 "hits" but all totaled I got 9 clicks over four months.  It's -crap-.

  7. ngureco profile image79
    ngurecoposted 14 years ago

    Gamergirl has very good advice here from her experience. Atleast I have learnt something. Thanks.

  8. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    You always can give it a try smile Just set daily limit really low, like a few bucks, and be ready to cut you loses short... The main idea is you should make MORE than spend...

    1. belief713 profile image60
      belief713posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      smile Yes, I know, I've already learned that the hard way in the past. Right now everything I do with HubPages is profit since it didn't cost anything to set it up!


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