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!
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  • 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 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 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 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 RenTak Rengøring
    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 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 pavionjsl
    I deleted all adsense plugins and income did a nice jump.
  • Profile picture of the author alodia
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Interesting. I've used it myself on a few sites in the past. (Though, not recently.)
  • Profile picture of the author razorhound
    Thank god you bumped up this thread, didn't know about this and I'm just gonna deactivate the plugin. Does anyone know if there is any other adsense plugin similar to this one?
  • Profile picture of the author billjoyce
    Thanks I was getting ready to install this on a couple of my blogs. Is there a decent alternative.Saw someone asked this question. Ddn't see the answer if there was one Must be javing a senior moment

    Ta
  • Profile picture of the author Heavenstorm
    its best to add the adsense code directly into your editor from wordpress. If you really wanna use a plugin I will recommend "quick adsense" plugin for WP
  • Profile picture of the author InitialEffort
    Yes, people should either hardcode or use the AzSno Adsense Plugin which is similar but has the 8% or whatever part of the rotator removed.
  • Profile picture of the author jcbradley
    i found this out last night, really rubbed me the wrong way, and we thought forced continuity was a bad thing.

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