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Allowing my members to insert their pub ID
Is it acceptable & will Google approve their accounts?

 11:34 am on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm trying to attract article authors to my site, so i've setup a system whereby they can insert their google adsense publisher ID into their articles.

The main question is - some of them won't have sites already, or an adsense account, will Google approve their accounts when they sign-up and put my site down as their primary URL? I'm guessing this would be okay as people do it for blogsites?

Any info is appreciated - many thanks



 11:52 am on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

I can see some potential problems there. You can't just use anybody's site to sign up for adsense. Essentially that's what your writers would be doing. They would be saying, it's not my site and it already has an adsense account but I want to use it as my URL to sign up for my adsense account...

I can't site specifics here but I don't think that'll float.

A domain costs 8 bucks. Adsense approves almost anything these days. Get your writers a domain name, slap a few inconsequential pages on it and apply to adsense with that URL instead of your own. Once approved, you can stick their code anywhere you want.

That's what I'd do anyway...

I'm guessing this would be okay as people do it for blogsites...

Oh really? How do they do that anyway? I can tell google your site is mine and apply for adsense in that fashion? Not being sarcastic or anything chrisandsarah but I'm really wondering how that works?

If I don't have a website I can't apply for adsense and list, say, example.com as my site. The potential for abuse if that scenario were allowed is huge. Do you see what I'm saying?


 4:33 pm on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't think this is a long term sound strategy.


 6:59 pm on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

You can create a subdomain for each member. In that way they will have a valid and unused domain.
Most blogs do the same.


 7:22 pm on Feb 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Since they are only writing articles, I guess they could sign up for an account with blogger


 8:21 pm on Feb 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Contact adsense support for this!
I think e.g. wordpress and such have deals where there is sharing of revenue (blogger also does that).

But there might be a threshold in number of impressions before they'll play along.


 9:16 pm on Feb 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I wouldn't do it. I don't trust anyone using my pub ID, ever!

Also, I wouldn't want any of my friends or members adding their pub ID to my sites or forums.


 11:13 pm on Feb 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I wouldn't do it. I don't trust anyone using my pub ID, ever!

Well, the world at large can pull it of of the source code of your html you distribute on your web site ...


 11:29 pm on Feb 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

We asked Google this exact question a year ago and they OK'd it.


 11:48 pm on Feb 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all the info. After doing a bit more research, we decided against the system. Not because we thought Google wouldnt accept it (though that was a worry), but because we felt the whole earn from click-throughs system wouldnt show enough quick return to be attractive to writers, and apparently a lot of authors steer clear of such schemes anyway.

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