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I seek opinions. There is a site I joined recently, and here's the basic model: it's a blog site which tries to attract members by getting folks to join, start their own blog, and have AdSense ads running. You give your AS ID to the site and they run their AS ads half the time, and yours half the time on your pages.
I am wondering if this may qualify as one of those *dubious neighborhoods* one should be wary of, so I have yet to offer my code.
Instead I have been monitoring the site and making comments. Several members have had their AS accounts banned (for clicking on their own ads or asking others to), and the owners are trying to fix problems. They do warn against clicking on your own ads or asking others to in postings, but the potential for click rings seems obvious (I get the distict impression that they dove right in, and now are scrambling to try and plug holes). Here are some questions which I don't know the answer to:
1. Is it permissable to give out your AS code or ID to a third party?
2) Is it permissable for said party to write a program which runs your ads half the time and their ads the other half? Maybe everything is fine in that regard - but I just don't know.
Another problem is there is a lot of stupidity masquerading as writing, and Google supposedly frowns upon sites which have pages full of lousy content whose only purpose seems to be to have ads running. There seems to be very little editorial control, even in terms of what constitutes an article (ie: a few lines with no real point being made, a recipe, an argument with another member). My suspicion is that this is reason enough for Google to ban the site's account, and possibly everyone who joined and submitted their code. Comments? Opinions?
You have no control over what these people do with this site or any of their other sites, they have none over what others who use the site do with theirs. But they are all associated with each other through this site.
Personally, I would not even consider it.
Another user might be dumb enpugh to click on his own ads and get banned.
The hoster is STRONGLY linked to the baner user (ads alternating on the same pages)
You are linked to the hoster too (ads alternating on other pages)
Is the risk worth while?
does the 'related to banned account' mean that even if one of those millions sigining up there is a banned one
Who knows? It is unlikely to be 'good company' from Google's persective, so I would just get out.
My main concern though would be getting fraudulent clicks. The site is likely to be frquented not by those who are working to increase their Adsense earning by dint of hard work and effort on their quality sites. Much more likely they will be people willing to push the boundaries just a bit too far and increase it in the short term by ANY means, with little view to the longer term.
They will be more likely to be click happy and to have click happy friends.
Run, don't walk.
There are safeguards built in such as the inability to view ads with your own code in them so that you can't accidently click on your own ads.