I'm putting this in the sandpit because I think it is better kept from the search engine's eyes. A mod will move it if it's not appropriate here.
On checking my Analtyics accounts, I see that my recent few pathetic Adsense clicks have all come from other hubbers.
Please please please do NOT click on my ads. You are not only risking your own Adsense account, you are risking mine and Hubpages Adsense account too.
With the new subdomains, I know exactly who you are, and so do Hubpages, and so does Google.
I'm not sure if it is against Hubpages TOS, but it is highly discouraged, and staff have made it clear in the past we are NOT to do it, even if you interested in the ad.
Izzy, I'm glad you've brought this up, because it motivates me to ask about something I have noticed recently - not just here on HP but elsewhere too. That is, sometimes when I click on my browser's Back button, it doesn't immediately go back to the previous page as expected. When I click on the arrow next to the Back and Forward buttons, to get a drop-down list of recently visited pages, it lists google ads as some of the visited pages, even though I did not visit them - or at least did not know that I was visiting them.
It seems (underscore that word!) that Google is creating one new way to force us to visit ads, since perhaps people are not clicking on links as much as they used to. As I say, that is what this seems to me to be.
Is it possible that that is what has happened with the clicks you have mentioned?
I very seldom need to use a back button because I automatically right click and choose 'open in new tab' when I visit a site.
This opens up a whole new interesting concept and I would love to hear others' experience of this.
I have various ways I navigate and a lot depends on the site and a lot depends on where I want to go and why.
I have joined a couple of new sites recently, and I don't know my way around them as well as I do HP. So, if I can't see on the "current" screen how to get back to the page that lists all of the forum topics (the one on which earlier I clicked to get to where I am "now") then I will use the back button to return to a previous location.
Very rarely, I will do this on HP. But now I know my way around well enough that I don't normally feel the need to. One time when I do, though, is when I have filtered the (current) Forum Title list to "Your" and then from there have gone to one specific forum thread. If I want to return to the list of forums where I have posted, I have two options that I know of. One is to return to the main forum page and select "Your" again. The other option is to use the Back button.
No need to worry. Analytics doesn't have this user data, as far as I know.
If you're getting traffic from a particular subdomain, it's most likely because people went from a hub on a subdomain to your hub. You can even go to the subdomain in question and find the hub that's on a related topic and sometimes see the link to your hub in their related hubs or even linked directly from their hub.
These are NOT visits from the hubber who writes on that subdomain - at least, there's no reason to think they are.
The way to check it in Analytics is if you get more than one visit from a subdomain, use the "City" metric to view where they came from. You'll see they're regular traffic from all over.
Now that is a whole nother issue...
It really makes me sad that Google's so unforgiving with people who don't know the way Google "thinks." As an example, I read of one case where a woman had just joined AdSense and assumed that Google would discount her own clicks. So not being very techy, she tested the ads on her site to make sure they would work. Google disabled her account and I don't believe she ever got it back.
I know why they do it - there are lots of reasons, among them the need to keep their advertisers happy - but it's sad. The Internet offers so many amazing opportunities for people to make a living, and a lot of good people are culled because of misunderstandings about the way things work. Not everyone Google thinks of as a "bad guy" has bad intentions.
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