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Downside of Newspaper Publicity?

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6:54 pm on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I have an advocacy group wanting to publish opt-ed pieces about internet privacy regulation and include my name and website. My concern is getting traffic that may not be relevant to my topic and then that traffic just clicking on ads for the heck of it. This is for hard copy newspapers, so maybe there is no risk? Who copies and pastes from a newspaper into a web browser anyway?
6:56 pm on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Who copies and pastes from a newspaper into a web browser anyway?


no-one..it can't physically be done :)
6:57 pm on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It is going to be published as a .pdf?
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no-one..it can't physically be done :)


Quite true. I meant type the website URL directly into a browser window.

published as a .pdf?


I doubt it.
9:12 pm on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Never been a problem for me, and I get people mentioning my sites in newspapers, TV, magazines, etc. (one TV station one time ran a commercial with my URL in it - I didn't see it as it didn't run locally, but a bunch of users on Facebook told me about it) Last year someone I never heard of wrote a generic article for Huffington Post about my topic, and added a link to my site as a reference. Who knew? I didn't find out till the traffic started coming in.

If you are *that* worried about it, then put in a big ole link to an About page so if they're curious about you they go there (or when you post your link to your site, post the About page URL and not a page with ads)

But seriously, I doubt you need to worry. After the first one, check your analytics and see if your direct source AdSense clicks go way up.
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Personally, I think any traffic from real people who come to your site of their own volition is a good thing. If they're not really interested in the subject of your site, then they are more likely to click on the ads (which Google may have tailored to their interests anyway). So, it's a win for you and Google.

On the other hand, I don't think many people (other than those of us who work with web sites) actually type URLs into their browser's address bar. At best, most people will type what they think they recall as your URL into Google or Bing's search box. You just have to hope that they'll eventually find your site. :-)
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That all makes sense. I doubt much will come of it, but it might turn out to be a good thing.
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This has never been a problem for me. Anytime one of my sites gets mentioned in the media, my traffic spikes for two to three days and revenue increases, but I never see it as a bad thing. The clicks are still valid.

Good luck!
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It's not a bad thing at all. As long as you have a legitimate website, any advertising is good.

Ditto ThatsBoBo.