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What would you do if this person who bookmarked your page will make it his most visited page, and will click most Google ads to find things every time he opens it? I'm sure this will send a red flag to Google.
This is the reason why i removed my bookmark feature so that i dont have to worry about it.
It's your call to make but just be cautious!
By getting rid of the bookmark facility you are potentially losing repeat visitors. I really would not worry about it that much.
I expect that people on one of my sites click on multiple ads and if they return hopefully they do the same - I have designed the site so that the ads compliment the content and so that my visitors can see what goods/services are currently being advertised in that area.
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As far as your return visitor percentage is no greater than SE traffic, you don't need to worry. Returning visitors are interested in reading YOUR content more than seeing what new ads your site has to display.
[edited by: Alioc at 12:08 pm (utc) on July 12, 2005]
Seriously, repeat visitors are what the web is all about. No repeat visitors = a lousy page. Google knows this and has worked it into its algorithm. (If they hadn't, most of us would have been disabled in the first month.) Really, man, it's OK. The sky isn't falling. I promise you.
I'm not changing my sites right now because it's generating $4,000+ a month income and UPS Club is coming.
I get around 900 clicks a day and climbing.
What would you do if this person who bookmarked your page will make it his most visited page, and will click most Google ads to find things every time he opens it?
Yes, I bookmark pages all the time just so I can click the ads...
Repeat visitors are far less likely to click ads than people who are just passing through. If they bookmarked your site, it's because they want to read YOUR content. Nobody bookmarks things because they thought the ads were cool and want to come back and click them again.
And perhaps if a site forces a user to set the site as their homepage, such that the user visits that site everytime they open their browser, and said site is nothing but ads, then perhaps it will look like fraud to google. So then it isn't good advice to have auto-bookmarking tricks.
But then again, its not good advice to run such sites in the first place.
I think what the original poster is referring to is those scam sites which basically force the bookmaring/setting of homepage onto "visitors" in order to get click simply through volume of scammed individuals.
It would be nice if he were, but no, he really is afraid that people who bookmark his page of their own accord will click his ads too many times and get him booted.
If a site does trick a user into setting it as the user's homepage... oh, yeah. Serious black hat. I think there's something in the unofficial Google guide to spam pages that mentions tricks like that.