Easy AdSense Plugin “manojt” Warning

by John Hoff on June 6, 2011

One of the ways you can make money on a blog or regular website is through the use of Google’s AdSense.

As an Internet marketer, I look for ways to create multiple streams of income and on one of my websites I decided to set up AdSense and use it as the major way in which that website makes money. The website is a WordPress website and is not a blog.

For adding AdSense to the top of my site’s content, I decided to check out a few WordPress plugins and see if there was one which was easy to use and allowed me the flexibility to place my AdSense block just about anywhere I wanted on the website.

I finally came to a plugin called Easy AdSense.

What I Liked About the Plugin

What I liked about the plugin was how easy I could head over to the plugin’s settings area and paste in my Google’s AdSense code and place the block of adverts just about anywhere I wanted.

What I REALLY Disliked About the Plugin

The plugin author seems to be sneaking a way to skim money off of me without me really knowing it unless I looked!

Yeah, pretty rotten if you ask me.

What the plugin did…

I inserted code on my Disclaimer page only which generated a box which looked like this:

The red arrow points to the link which shows when I hover my mouse pointer over the ad. As it turns out, that’s the plugin author’s Chikita ID. If you’re not familiar with Chikita, just know that it’s a way to make a little money, kind of like AdSense.

Problem is, I never willingly allowed the plugin author to generate a side income off of my blog.

Now I’ve been blogging for a number of years now and I can say that I’ve never seen this before. It’s very sneaky if you ask me. And to top it off, the plugin’s settings area has a pop up which asks for donations! I’m all for donating to a plugin if I find it useful, but when someone tries to sneak something by me without me knowing about it ON MY OWN SITE, they’ve just lost all respect for me as a fellow entrepreneur and marketer.

And obviously I’m not the only one who is upset about this. Check out this WordPress forum post about the Easy AdSense Plugin.

Toward the top of the forum post the plugin’s author tried to defend himself by essentially saying, “Go read the fine print no one reads”.

How I Ended Up Inserting AdSense On My Site

This is easy to do if you’re use to toying with HTML or PHP, but if you’re not so savvy with coding it may be a little tricky.

I headed over to my Google AdSense account, copied my Javascript code, and then pasted it into my Theme’s single.php file.

What this did was insert my AdSense block on any posts I publish (i.e. articles).

The trick is, you need to know where to paste it. If you’re not so great with code, you might try either using a Theme which allows you to insert your AdSense code into its settings area or using a different plugin.

Here’s a quick video I made which shows you where I inserted my AdSense code in my Theme’s files.

So what do you think of this plugin author inserting their affiliate code into your website so he can generate money from your website as well?

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Barbara Swafford June 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Hi John,

That’s a fascinating story about how the plugin author inserted a link which culd skim money off of your potential earnings.

You know, I’ve seen that where a (free) theme author will have their code inserted as a way to show how AdSense ads would look in a blog theme, but now you’ve got me thinking. If someone is new to blogging, they might “assume” the theme (somehow) automatically inserted THEIR code. That said, most free theme authors will specify the code does need to be changed.

Like you, I also manually insert my own coding into my blogs. To me, that’s the safest way.

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John Hoff June 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi Barbara. Yeah that’s pretty crummy, isn’t it?

Talking about themes, you should check this article out about free themes. It’ll blow your mind.

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Barbara Swafford June 11, 2011 at 1:00 am

Great find John,

I’ve recently uploaded the theme checker plugin as I use free themes on some of my blogs. Makes me wonder if that’s the best choice. Hmmmm.

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JohnHoff June 11, 2011 at 5:41 am

It’s always safest to get “free” themes from WordPress.org, but that’s not to say you can’t find clean themes out there.

The theme plugin I’ve used before and liked is the TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker).

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Barry Wheeler August 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Wow. I never would have suspected something like this was happening. It’s a pretty sneaky way to get income from many people who may be unwilling participants!

Great find and thanks for sharing this.

Barry

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John Hoff August 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

Hey Barry. Yeah pretty darn sneaky if you ask me. Really poor judgement this guy uses.

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Sanz October 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

wew lucky i read this article before i found those plugin and put it on my site,
thanks you for the info John.

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John Hoff October 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

No problem, Sanz. I was a bit surprised myself when I saw this.

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