Affiliate wants me to verify him as owner in Google (for youtube ads)? What do you think?

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Hi Warriors,

I have a product/website. And one of my affiliates wants to promote us with paid youtube ads using instream ads. He says he needs me to verify our website so he can link youtube to it for cards and annotations. To do this, we wants me to upload a google html file (something like: googleab54829dks.html)

But is there a way for him to link youtube to our site for cards and annotations without us verifying him? I don't want him to have access to all of our data.

Thank you.
#ads #affiliate #google #owner #verify #youtube
  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I do not understand what he wants to do, but under no circumstances should you give ownership to someone else for anything you have. If he is an affiliate then he should be promoting his own site and then linking to the offer from there.

    You probably do not need this person as an affiliate

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    • Profile picture of the author zdebx
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      I do not understand what he wants to do, but under no circumstances should you give ownership to someone else for anything you have. If he is an affiliate then he should be promoting his own site and then linking to the offer from there.

      You probably do not need this person as an affiliate

      al
      +1

      The affiliate should be using his own landing page, rather than trying to "verify" your site and then direct-link...

      Obviously it would be very silly of you to upload that HTML file to your host, because that will tell YouTube that he actually owns the site. Do you really want that? I don't think so...
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      • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
        Originally Posted by zdebx View Post

        Obviously it would be very silly of you to upload that HTML file to your host, because that will tell YouTube that he actually owns the site. Do you really want that? I don't think so...
        No... it doesn't.

        You claim the site in Google Webmaster Tools and generate the file name there. Google (YouTube) knows it is your site specifically because you generated the file name from within YOUR Google account.

        If anything, Google/YouTube may think that it is YOUR YouTube channel, but there is no mistaking the ownership of the site.
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        • Profile picture of the author zdebx
          Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

          No... it doesn't.

          You claim the site in Google Webmaster Tools and generate the file name there. Google (YouTube) knows it is your site specifically because you generated the file name from within YOUR Google account.

          If anything, Google/YouTube may think that it is YOUR YouTube channel, but there is no mistaking the ownership of the site.
          In either case, I'm sure you'll agree that it's not worth verifying anything for affiliate purposes. As I previously said, that affiliate should be using his own landing page for any promotions.
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          • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
            Yes, I agree. The affiliate should be sending traffic to his/her own landing page.

            Originally Posted by zdebx View Post

            In either case, I'm sure you'll agree that it's not worth verifying anything for affiliate purposes. As I previously said, that affiliate should be using his own landing page for any promotions.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    Al (above) just said it all. You don't need to have this guy as an affiliate. If he genuinely wants to promote your product, he needs to set up his own website and drive traffic there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    He's not asking you to do anything that you shouldn't have already done on your own...


    Originally Posted by TheWebGuy View Post

    Hi Warriors,

    I have a product/website. And one of my affiliates wants to promote us with paid youtube ads using instream ads. He says he needs me to verify our website so he can link youtube to it for cards and annotations. To do this, we wants me to upload a google html file (something like: googleab54829dks.html)
    It is an empty file that you place on your web site to allow google to verify your ownership of the file. The file name is unique to you and is generated by Google Webmaster Tools.

    But is there a way for him to link youtube to our site for cards and annotations without us verifying him? I don't want him to have access to all of our data.
    You aren't verifying "him"... you are verifying YOU/your ownership of that domain.
    Verifying your domain by generating the file name at Google Webmaster Tools, and creating a file on your site by that name doesn't give the affiliate access to any of your data.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPG19
    He wants to know if the website is yours.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    it should be cool.

    he wants to know if you actually run the site you claim to run.

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  • Profile picture of the author amuro
    I totally agree with agmccall.

    Unless you know him well, you should not allow him to do that.

    Instead you can make a counter proposal.

    By offering him landing page templates to promote your product and build his own email list.

    I for one used Optimize Press. Yes it is among the most costly but it is also among the best quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    He could be giving you a file disguised to look like a Google verification file, but it really is something more nefarious. I wouldn't do it.

    Here is the thing though... If he is going to run ads pointing to your website, how in the world is he going to get credit for the affiliate sale? Google's TOS does not allow affiliate links in ads, so he would have to use your root domain or an internal page without the affiliate code.

    Unless I am missing something, it sounds like he would be shooting himself in the foot.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Clifton
    I know this seems very complicated for such an easy task but this is unfortunately how Youtube works. Go have a look here and it will make more sense to you: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2887282?hl=en
    To make it simpler, he could direct the annotation or note to his own site, and then link to yours from there. I fear automatic redirecting will not work. Google won't be happy with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVianny
    Tell him to do LEAD GENERATION and to BUILD A SQUEEZE PAGE!


    if he doesnt know how.... than you dont need him as an affiliate!
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