So, what do you do in the contextual advertising world to amuse yourself and (freak out) your friends? The AdSense Party Trick #1, that’s what.
First, you find an AdSense site belonging to a friend of yours. The <ahem> higher quality </ahem> the better. And bonus points if he or she happens to be slightly on the paranoid side, especially when it comes to the hidden powers of search engines.
Next, find that “advertise on this site” link on an ad unit, if the publisher has opted into Onsite Advertiser Sign-Up. And click the link. Hopefully, you will see either the person’s name or better yet, their ultra secret hidden company business name.
I got him good 😉 Then he was gracious enough to let me use him as an example.
There are many others I have come across (that I won’t be announcing to the world!), and they are more revealing than simply saying the person’s name. Often, plugging that company name will give you even more juicy info to dazzle your friend with when you show off the AdSense Party Trick to him or her.
Moral of the AdSense Party Trick #1 – if you are wanting to keep your network private, especially when you go to the trouble of hiding whois information, be sure that your “advertise on this site” link isn’t telling more than you want it to 😉 You can easily login to your account and change it – here on JenSense, I changed it to “my site” with a wink added on the end. After I showed Oilman, he changed his to “Google Today”.
If you are running the on-site advertiser signup and never modified the landing page, it seems to pick up the original URL you signed up with or the personal or business name you signed up with (it could be dependent on the sign up date). And remember, the same name will appear on all sites you run AdSense on. There is a somewhat complex workaround to see the name even if the publisher has opted out of the onsite advertiser signup (and no, I am not revealing it!) so it would be a good idea to change the name on the landing page if you would like to keep the name private, even if you are opted out.
Now go and see which friends you can play the AdSense Party Trick # 1 on, who didn’t realize just how much their AdSense sites were saying about them 😉 You will probably find a lot of them!