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Reddit = traffic, and clicks but no credit



6:16 pm on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I submitted something on Reddit yesterday, and got about 170 users in about 3 hours clicking on the link.

I was watching the logs, and noticed that of those 170 users, about 6 of them clicked on a google ad.

It's been about 12 hours since, and google still shows that ad unit as having zero clicks, but does show impressions.

is a delay like this normal? Did google just decide not to give me credit for this, due to reddit? I can't imagine why....

any ideas?



6:58 pm on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google may well discount that Reddit traffic as garbage if it has a poor history with AdSense.


1:04 am on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Reddit has brought me thousands, occasionally tens of thousands of visitors if a post gets popular but they don't click on ads as much as dedicated searchers and the CPM numbers are usually very low as well. It's a mixed blessing - sometimes you have to bite the revenue bullet in order to get your site into wider circulation.


11:47 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yep, I agree with the above, Reddit brings me 100's of visitors but no income. However that's OK, money isn't everything, more important than a few cents are returning traffic.

My philosophy is that reddit provides exposure to the site, and maybe a small % will return or pass on the urls.

Build a compelling site and let the income look after itself.


1:39 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Redditers do not click on Adsense. I am a Redditer :)

They are quite internet savvy, so accidental clicks on Adsense, or even deliberate clicks on Adsense, do not happen.

Then again, a lot of them have ad blockers enabled. SO they dont even see your ads.

The benefit of Reddit is not direct revenue (unless you count CPM advertising networks on your site). They are good for pushing up your Alexa ranking if you care about it, or a real Reddit success can bring you natural links for SEO. Then, regular reddit success is good branding. That's about it.


5:01 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The question is not if they click or not, the question was that they DID click, but Adsense didn't pay me for them.


5:21 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Are you watching the clicks through a separate click tracker? One possibility is, it may be wrong.

Two, they clicked but somehow their click is not counted. Why would that be? I have always seen those clicks being counted (when they click). Are their clicks of a type that Google discounts - say, a quick Back to the page? Which probably a redditer is likely to do as hes not very likely to click and did it by accident?

Dont think there will be a clear answer for this... anyone?

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