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Discussion in 'Web Design' started by onlinewealth, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. onlinewealth

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    I have a Wordpress website that someone built for me and I notice these urls that I've never seen in a standard html site.

    Here's an example of a what url looks like:

    http://www.domain.com/ /featured/keyword-phrase-one-–-keyword-phrase-two/

    I also noticed a banner with an affiliate ID that wasn't mine and was given an answer as if I were a noob.

    It's not anyone from BHW that built the site so there's no worry that you'll expose a friend or fellow member, but I'd appreciate anyone with the knowledge to tell me straight if I'm helping their Adsense and affiliate commsissions instead of mine.

    Thanks.
     
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    A %20 is just a space. It will happen a lot when wp converts titles into pages. It's kind of an odd thing to have happened for creating a subdirectory though.

    My guess is that when they filled in the blanks for the theme configuration, they inadvertently left a space in a block they thought they were leaving blank.

    As far as the affiliate id that isn't yours. A lot of times themes that come preconfigured for adsense use the theme authors id as a default. It's possible that the guy that set your theme up just missed it. Either way you should just find where the adsense widget is configured in your theme and make sure the correct id is entered.

    As long as your site is displaying ads using the id that isn't yours then, yes you are giving away your adsense clicks. It may not have been intentional, but you do want to correct it. What was that answer he gave you regarding the adsense id btw.

    I'm a little curious though, how much did you pay to have the guy set up the site.
    Assuming the adsense id thing wasn't intentional, then both of those mistakes you're asking about are most often due to sloppiness.

    edit - If you want me to take a look, send me the url in a pm. I'll let you know what I think.
     
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    I just sent you a PM. Thanks for the review.
     
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    yeah you definately have 2 different adsense ids. The the adblock after your articles was created 11/25/09 and its pushing one id. The 3 adblocks in your right column were created 12/10/09. The ones in the right side bar are inserted by a widget. You can go into the wp dashboard, go to appearances>widgets and check the ids in the adblocks there. It isn't obvious in the html, how the adblock under your articles is inserted so I'd have to actually be in your admin to find where that adblock is defined.

    If the adsense in the sidebar is the one that isn't yours then just change it. If it's the other adblock then you'll need to search through the appearance tabs till you find where it gets defined. As long as it isn't hardcoded into the theme then you should be able to find it just by looking around. If you still can't fix it yourself and you can't get the guy that set it up to help you, then get ahold of me again and I'll see if I can give you a little more help with it.


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    It's not a bad looking theme. Did the guy that set it up for you make the graphics as well?
    I think that if your going to use a blog format for a site like this you really need to start blogging on it. Either that or remove the date and byline from the articles. By having all the articles dated 11/09 just makes the site look out of date. Do you get much traffic to it?
     
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    Thanks for taking the time to review this for me. I'll take a look to see where the other IDs are and if I can't find them I'll get back to you.

    Thanks for the help, I appreciate it very much!
     
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    Hey GreyWolf,

    Well I looked through the entire site and fixed some dates, added an article or 2 and replaced the developer's affiliate IDs with my own.

    I seen a post a while ago about how web designers and Plugin developers add their own affiliate IDs in every project so they get the commissions instead of the owner of the site. I knew web designers put back links to their sites on sites that they sold but I didn't think that they could feel justified to steal their client's commissions.

    This particular site of mine was a WSO and I don't know if they did the graphics themselves but probably not. I asked about some of the ads on the site and they said they must Google ads and can't be controled. But when I looked at the affiliate IDs it had indentifying initials.

    It looks better now and I have to upload a plugin to add some content which I have from one of the favorite's on BHW.

    Thanks again for your help and let me know if there's anything I can do for you.
     
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    @onlinewealth - glad I could help, but you still have two different ad_client id's on your pages.

    Go to one of your article pages and do a view source.
    Go to edit>find and search for google_ad...
    around line 150 you'll see an ad block that is using one id.

    Then search for more and you'll find the adblocks that are inserted by your wp text widget which are all using a different id.

    If the id around line 150 is yours, then you need to go into your appearances tab and change the id that is set up in your text widgets.

    But I'll bet that the id in that first adblock is the one that isn't yours, so you need to find where it is set up. If you can't find the setting for it someplace in your appearances tab, then it may have been hardcoded into the theme. If that's the case you'll need to do searches through your php files to see if you can find it.

    I agree that it is pretty crappy for someone to charge you for theme and still expect to include an adsense block in your site, especially if they didn't disclose that to you upfront. You said it was a wso, maybe you should check on wf and see if anyone else has left some negative feedback for the guy. I wonder how many others he's done the same thing to.