WARNING for "All in one Adsense and YPN" plugin users

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I don't know if there is a thread about this, but I think every Wordpress user has to know this.

There is a plugin called "All in one adsense and ypn" which lets you quickly integrate adsense and yahoo partner ads in your wordpress posts.

However, there is a catch, an option to donate % of earnings to the makers of the plugin. Even if you disable it or set it to 0%, some percentage of your earnings will go in their adsense account.

How did I find this out?

I searched the .php file of the plugin for adsense account and channel info and found a foreign channel and adsense id. I changed the adsense id to mine and changed the channel to my "test" channel, which was created specifically for the purpose of seeing if the plugin is stealing my earnings.

I let it stay for a few days and what a surprise! The "test" channel was generating income and views. This confirms my suspicion! The plugin will steal your earnings even if it is set to 0%.

Either change the adsense id with your own or don't use the plugin altogether!
#seo #plugin #users #warning

  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Originally Posted by LetsGoViral View Post

    I don't know if there is a thread about this, but I think every Wordpress user has to know this.

    There is a plugin called "All in one adsense and ypn" which lets you quickly integrate adsense and yahoo partner ads in your wordpress posts.

    However, there is a catch, an option to donate % of earnings to the makers of the plugin. Even if you disable it or set it to 0%, some percentage of your earnings will go in their adsense account.

    How did I find this out?

    I searched the .php file of the plugin for adsense account and channel info and found a foreign channel and adsense id. I changed the adsense id to mine and changed the channel to my "test" channel, which was created specifically for the purpose of seeing if the plugin is stealing my earnings.

    I let it stay for a few days and what a surprise! The "test" channel was generating income and views. This confirms my suspicion! The plugin will steal your earnings even if it is set to 0%.

    Either change the adsense id with your own or don't use the plugin altogether!
    Interesting. I use this plugin on some of my Wordpress-based AdSense sites.

    I must confess, I was a little skeptical and uneasy about whether or not some portion of my earnings/clicks would go to the plugin author even if I'd specified to share 0% of my site's impressions. I did rigorously check my sites' HTML source (many, many times) to make sure it was always my AdSense ID being returned, and looked through the plugin PHP to see if anything blatantly fishy was going on, but never saw anything "wrong".

    But now you say this, you've got me in a panic.

    Approximately what percentage of your total impressions were actually credited to that channel, if I may ask?
  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    I never used the plugin, but thank you for the heads up.
  • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
    Originally Posted by DireStraits View Post

    Interesting. I use this plugin on some of my Wordpress-based AdSense sites.

    I must confess, I was a little skeptical and uneasy about whether or not some portion of my earnings/clicks would go to the plugin author even if I'd specified to share 0% of my site's impressions. I did rigorously check the the HTML source (many, many times) to make sure it was always my AdSense ID being returned, and looked through the plugin PHP to see if anything blatantly fishy was going on, but never saw anything "wrong".

    But now you say this, you've got me in a panic.

    Approximately what percentage of your total impressions were actually credited to that channel, if I may ask?
    From 2000 page impressions total from which 274 where stolen, so that's about...15% or something? Not sure, my calculator is not working.
  • Profile picture of the author gittar1122
    Nice information about All in one Adsense and YPN, I will check it for my adsense plugin as well. I am using Easy AdSense for my blogs.

    Thanks
  • Profile picture of the author Amys101place
    Seems to be confirmed by the author himself here. Kind of surprised his adsense account hasn't been banned.
  • Profile picture of the author Frank Ayres
    Originally Posted by LetsGoViral View Post


    How did I find this out?

    I searched the .php file of the plugin for adsense account and channel info and found a foreign channel and adsense id. I changed the adsense id to mine and changed the channel to my "test" channel, which was created specifically for the purpose of seeing if the plugin is stealing my earnings.

    I let it stay for a few days and what a surprise! The "test" channel was generating income and views. This confirms my suspicion! The plugin will steal your earnings even if it is set to 0%.

    Either change the adsense id with your own or don't use the plugin altogether!
    It says it quite clearly on the plugin web site so i dont think they are being anything wrong

    Disclaimer: this plugin contains a donation option, which allow users to donate a small percentage of their earnings to the author of this plugin. When this option is enabled, the author’s adsense ads will occasionally appear on the plugin user’s website (determined by the percentage entered by the plugin user). The options enabled by default and can be turned off by entering 0 in the percentage box.
  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    As was said in the OP, setting the percentage to 0% doesn't stop it from happening.
  • Profile picture of the author F1SEO
    Originally Posted by LetsGoViral View Post

    I don't know if there is a thread about this, but I think every Wordpress user has to know this.

    There is a plugin called "All in one adsense and ypn" which lets you quickly integrate adsense and yahoo partner ads in your wordpress posts.

    However, there is a catch, an option to donate % of earnings to the makers of the plugin. Even if you disable it or set it to 0%, some percentage of your earnings will go in their adsense account.

    How did I find this out?

    I searched the .php file of the plugin for adsense account and channel info and found a foreign channel and adsense id. I changed the adsense id to mine and changed the channel to my "test" channel, which was created specifically for the purpose of seeing if the plugin is stealing my earnings.

    I let it stay for a few days and what a surprise! The "test" channel was generating income and views. This confirms my suspicion! The plugin will steal your earnings even if it is set to 0%.

    Either change the adsense id with your own or don't use the plugin altogether!
    I have this plugin on a few personal sites and never realised that it was happening. That's really sneaky!

    Well I'm off to de-install on a couple of my blogs. If someone wants some cash for a plugin they should make me aware of it, not just take it.
  • Profile picture of the author Alexander CPA
    To be honest, this was a obvious move to make, definitely going to be writing a blog post about this.
  • Profile picture of the author F1SEO
    Very well spotted there LetsGoViral

    I've had a look at the code and it's there! So I've got rid of the plugin and quickly coded my own version.

    Dirty underhanded tactics.
  • Profile picture of the author Dele
    Thank you for the heads up.

    Does anyone know whether this is also happening to "Quick Adsense" since i use this plugin?

    Thanks.
  • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
    Originally Posted by Dele View Post

    Thank you for the heads up.

    Does anyone know whether this is also happening to "Quick Adsense" since i use this plugin?

    Thanks.
    It could be. It's not hard to run through the code and check any unknown adsense accounts. If you find any, just change for your own - problem solved! You don't even have to reinstall the plugin!
  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    Thanks a lot for your notification. It was excellent. I have used it on one of my blogs but i didn't followed the statistics of it yet. Now i removed the plugin.
  • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
    James, although I don't use that plugin, that is a awesome catch and thanks for notifying your fellow WF Members and family.

    When one looks at the numbers, it's easy to say why the vendor set things up so that masses didn't catch what was going on. He would make more money taking a percentage of the earnings of the users for a lifetime versus a person buying the WP Plugin outright.

    That just goes to prove that one must be on their "A" Game in this business!

    Giles, the Crew Chief
  • Profile picture of the author
    Ouch.. I am also using this plugin. Which plugin should I use instead?
  • Profile picture of the author webtrading
    Just a heads up that Yahoo shut-down YPN in April so it's interesting the Adsense/YPN plugin is still working. The link to the story is below:

    http://davidgreen.com/yahoo-publishe...tting-down.htm
  • Profile picture of the author bradlean
    I heard an "All in one Seo" and then there is what you called

    All in one Adsense.

    Is this for free?

    Anyway, thanks for the keyword better try to search may be there is free plugin for all in one adsense... Lol

    Try also adsense manager plugin its for free just go to wordpress.org click on
    the extended then search for plugin. You can also get that plugin adsense manager for free.
  • Profile picture of the author wordpresstrainingpackage
    It is very important not just to install any plugin that one comes across.
  • Profile picture of the author peter gibson
    Originally Posted by LetsGoViral View Post

    I don't know if there is a thread about this, but I think every Wordpress user has to know this.

    There is a plugin called "All in one adsense and ypn" which lets you quickly integrate adsense and yahoo partner ads in your wordpress posts.

    However, there is a catch, an option to donate % of earnings to the makers of the plugin. Even if you disable it or set it to 0%, some percentage of your earnings will go in their adsense account.

    How did I find this out?

    I searched the .php file of the plugin for adsense account and channel info and found a foreign channel and adsense id. I changed the adsense id to mine and changed the channel to my "test" channel, which was created specifically for the purpose of seeing if the plugin is stealing my earnings.

    I let it stay for a few days and what a surprise! The "test" channel was generating income and views. This confirms my suspicion! The plugin will steal your earnings even if it is set to 0%.

    Either change the adsense id with your own or don't use the plugin altogether!
    Bro seriously well spotted. Great lesson for those who don't check the code when downloading plugins. Lesson? Always check the code.
  • Profile picture of the author wordpresstrainingpackage
    Originally Posted by peter gibson View Post

    Bro seriously well spotted. Great lesson for those who don't check the code when downloading plugins. Lesson? Always check the code.
    It's really a very complicated situation because not many people understand the codes. To many people, seeing the codes of a plugin is just like going through Chinese language characters. They cannot interpret the plugin codes.

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