I have seen mixed messages as to whether or not this is legal. Please help me sort this out. Thanks.
It is legal, but it is frowned upon. Simple reason being is that Google knows every computer that clicks, and if HP had a huge internal clicking thing going on, HP would lose their account, which would shut the site down.
There is a way to see the ad without clicking on it. It was explained to me before. You right click it, but then I got confused because even if you 'save link address' it has a code in it somewhere which might be a referral link.
I don't click ads anymore. I can't figure it out. (even then not on HP!)
I must admit that I was wondering the same thing. I've actually been tempted to click on a couple of links because the ads were actually something that I might be interested in. However it isn't really necessarily. If you are really interested in the content of an ad, you should be able to gleam enough from the ad itself to then be able to either find the web address directly or at the very least google it in another tab.
I would suggest refraining from clicking any adds on any page on hubpages. If it isn't illegal it is at the very least taboo.
Well, according to the co-founder of the site last year on the forum...no you should not click on ads; not your own and not other Hubbers. I haven't heard anything to suggest that has changed.
yes that is correct, UV, but do you remember the steps to take to look at an ad without clicking on it? I can't remember but it is important to know in cases where a hubber really wants to see the ad, but doesn't want to click it (obviously).
Never click on ads on your pages and that of other hubbers. Clicking on other hubbers ad, one could end up clicking on ads that appears on your referer's hub at the time your own adsense code is being attached to it.
Okay, so this begs the question from a new hubber--
If hubbers aren't reading and clicking on fellow hubbers' ads, who in the world is? "Outsiders"? And how are they finding the hubs and ads? Just by googling?
Amazing stuff, and so much to learn!
Most of them come from outside of hubpages.
I've no first hand experience with this at the moment, however I've read several hubs that detail how to bring traffic to your hubs from other sources by using SEO (search engine optimization), websites that create back links and other "trade secrets." Just do a search or two on hubs that have these topics and you should find plenty of information.
Listen, don't worry about backlinking and stuff until you have learned how to write for the search engines.
Some of the top hubbers here have never backlinked in their life!
I have started a few new subdomains on here concentrating on making sure every single article is optimized, and many are already on page 1 of Google after only a couple of months.
You generally get a rough idea if your hub is going to do well in search within hours of publishing.
All of the search engines give new content a boost, and may propel your hub straight onto page 1. Then expect it to fall off for a week or two before returning.
Then, you can think of backlinking to get your hub to #1, but if you wrote a good article it may get there on its own. Hubpages is an extremely powerful platform.
Use your main keyword in title, summary and throughout the body of the hub. Use synonyms where possible too.
The longer the hub, the more keywords you can get in, increasing your chance of getting to page 1.
Never ever click on other hubbers ads (to stay on topic). Leave it to the search traffic that will come flocking to your hub if you optimized it when writing it.
Yes, viewers eventually (hopefully) find your hubs via search engines and some other methods which you will learn by reading. There is plenty to read in the Learning Center and many hubs have been written about writing online. You can also learn from the forums.
Izzy, I don't find this to necessarily be true.
Sometimes it takes a while for a hub to settle in and do well.
You are right of course
I should have said 'sometimes' instead of 'get a rough idea'. Sometimes hubs sit and do absolutely nothing for months, then wham! - loads of search traffic.
Others can take time to mature and be found.
The ones I like best are those that fly right from birth, but there are never many of them.
That is rather the point of this entire site.
A related question:
Some HP ads pay by impression (i.e no clicking required).
If a fellow hubber opens your page, do you earn income from the impression?
Yes you do. I know that because I have earned a cent or 2 on new subdomains that have only 1 hub and no outside traffic.
Yes. I currently have earned a grand total of one cent.
As low as that is I was actually a bit excited when I saw it.
If you look at any of your hubs and click on the stats tab you will see a sub tab that says hubmetrics. I actually found this by accident. This tab shows you where your traffic comes from.
When I do this I can see that all of my traffic has come from other hubbers so far. Therefore my one cent that is lingering out there waiting for 49,999 other cents to join it came from the page views of other hubbers.
I don't think I should click. Reason one is the main income source for hubbers is Adsense. If they found any thing ( certainly their bots do) about the traffic where from it is coming, it is evident from hubbers ! Generally we are all here and make a relation by sharing each others opinions.So generally we read the hubs of our fellow contributers too. Google will terminate such accounts found for click fraud. So I feel we should not click the ads found on fellow hubbers hubs.
Just two hours ago I read an article found for google search "Adsense click frauds , is it a scam?" . The author of an article has more than 400 followers and agree that their adsense accounts were disabled due to click fraud, even though they never did single sin against Google TOS. This kind of terminations I found many during my searches. I am afraid to go for Adsense account . In my friend circle also there is a common situation that their accounts were terminated just before payout time and some in the beginning itself. But some are well paid and living better with them, it is another story.
So listening all these and reading all these stories do you dare to click on fellow hubbers hubs to harm them? Certainly not I think !
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Can it go against Google rules if they have deliberately done this thinking they are helping you? I am worried because I just had a comment posted saying "thumbs up and adsense."
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