Since receiving the e-mail from Google in which they advise that the old AdSense interface will soon be disabled and the new one enhanced, I realized it was time for me to start getting warm and fuzzy with the new one.
As I clicked around the new interface I found that I had a few sites listed under my account that were not mine. Most of them are HubPages accounts of fellow Hubbers. Since creating a HubPages channel, it appears that I get more than I wanted. Granted, I only get the number of page views and not add clicks but that can be a little disconcerting.
If I have their page views, I’m sure other Hubbers have mine. Since I don’t make much money at all from HubPages it doesn’t bother me too much but if such things can happen with HubPages, what other info is being misdirected?
Another Weird Entry
I found a Blogspot blog listed under my Google AdSense. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why this particular blog was showing up as one of my sites. After visiting the site, I saw why. The person copied not only one of my articles, but the images too.
The article was an Ezine article that was free for the picking and the images were also free images selected from stock.xchng. The issue occurred because the person copying the page didn’t upload the images to his server. He linked directly to the images on my server so every time his page loaded it would search for the images on my server. This is a problem.
If several websites decided to do the same thing, it would place undue burden on my web host. After all, I’m paying my host to display my images, this other guy isn’t. Not wanting this to continue, I searched online to see how to stop this guy and anyone else from burdening my servers. In doing so I came across this post, How to Deter Image and Bandwith Theft on David Airey’s site.
By following David Airy’s directions, anyone hotlinking to images on my Tidbits and Stuff site will get this:
A Side Note
I believe the image hotlinks occurred prior to my installing the CopyProtect plugin. Since installing the plugin the incidence of plagiarism has decreased significantly.
Now to create images and implement the code on the rest of my sites. Sheesh. There’s always something to keep us busy!