It’s been almost three months since using the Zaparena Traffic Network on my blogs and I am very happy with it. Having said that this post isn’t about telling you how great Zaparena is, rather it’s about dispelling some of the issues people seem to have with it, issues that have come to my attention via the comments.
I Don’t Want Near Naked Women On My Blog
This is an easy one because if you don’t like seeing beautiful near naked women on you blog you make sure you don’t select that option.
It’s Against Adsense TOS
This seems to be the main issue people have. Unfortunately I can’t give you an iron clad guarantee that Google won’t penalise your blog for running Zaparena because no-one ever know how Google will react to anything. Something that may be perfectly acceptable today could be totally unacceptable tomorrow. Still, after doing some extensive research I have yet to find one site using Zaparena who has lost their Adsense account.
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Most of the results turned up blog posts warning people against using sites such as Zaparena saying that Google did not like traffic exchange programs. Klaus from TechPatio echoed their concern siting the following Google Adsense article,, Can I use traffic exchange programs? which states the following.
While traffic exchange services may help bring traffic to your site, we don’t recommend using them, as they may lead to invalid clicks or impressions and result in your account being disabled.
As you may already know, our program policies strictly prohibit any means of artificially generating ad impressions or clicks, including third-party services such as paid-to-click, paid-to-surf, auto-surf, and click-exchange programs. These programs offer incentives for users to view webpages or click on ads, resulting in activity that is harmful to our advertisers.
We also advise against using third-party tools or services to increase your site traffic, as they may also result in similar invalid activity and your account being disabled. We realize that you may have questions about a specific service and whether it could potentially create invalid impressions or clicks. However, please understand that we’re unable to comment on any particular third-party service.
Let’s look at the part highlighted in red. I can safely say there’s no way that Zaparena generates clicks, artificially or otherwise. Ad impressions, well that’s something else, but if they are going to penalise you for that then what’s stopping them from including things like Stumble, Digg, Twitter and the myriads of other forms of traffic generation.
Now, let’s consider the section highlighted in orange. They advise against using third party tools that increase traffic because it may result in similar invalid activity and your account being disabled. Again, Zaparena does not result in people clicking on your adsense ads, no more so than any other method you’re currently using to generate traffic to your blog.
It seems that the only way we would know for sure as to whether it is against their TOS is by asking Google but they kindly advise us against that because they can’t comment on any third party service. Typical of them isn’t it?
I would also like to point out that Zaparena isn’t your typical traffic exchange program which requires that you surf their sites in order that they do the same for you. There is no such requirement for Zaparena, in fact there is no incentive at all for people to click on a Zaparena ad.
As I said at the beginning I am more than happy with the performance of the Zaparena Traffic Network. I would love to say I was certain that Google doesn’t have a problem with them but like I said at the beginning no-one can know how Google feels about anything. Ask anyone who’s been penalised and is still scratching their head as to why.
If anyone knows of someone who have been penalised because they were using Zaparena I would love to know about it.
The last time I told you a little of my time in the States was in my post Sharing Photos Is Best Done With Flickr where I told you about my time at Santa Monica Beach which just happens to be at the end of the famous Route 66. From there we went to another famous beach, Venice Beach which I found very interesting.
As we walked along Venice Boardwalk it was almost like being immersed into one of those Hollywood movies I love to watch on TV. It was full of colourful characters as well as many interesting stalls. Something that literally knocked my socks off was the Kush Doctors of which there were several on the boardwalk. You’re going to love this. Apparently if you go to one of these doctors complaining of a bad back or something they’re quite happy to prescribe some marijuana tom ease the pain. You see, as long as you have a prescription it’s quite legal to use dope. Muscle Beach Gym was one of the sites I really wanted to see while there, probably because I used to work out in my younger days and some of the Muscle magazines I used to read wrote about some of the famous body builders that used to work out there, specifically Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Unfortunately there was only one guy working out and he definitely was no Hulk. I mentioned the interesting characters, well here is a photo of a couple of musicians that posed with my wife Anna. We bought a CD from each of them and I have to admit although they didn’t look like much the music on them was really quite good.
Probably one of the most interesting character, sorry no photo, was this bloke who was walking around holding this sign saying that for twenty bucks he was willing to let anyone take a swing at him. Perhaps he was looking for an excuse to see those Kush doctors :smile1_ee:
There was actually quite a lot to see as well as a lot of merchandise available for sale including didgeridoos. Now what’s with that, they can’t find enough American souvenirs they had to resort to selling Aussie stuff? My only regret was we didn’t stay there longer so that we could have really soaked up the atmosphere. If you’re ever in California I recommend you do more than just a casual visit to Venice Beach.
It’s been 10 days since my last post and for me that is a long time between posts. While I’ve been somewhat slack with my blog posts I have been keeping myself busy around the house. You may remember my post Ah, If Only All I Had To Do Was Blog where I wrote about all the work I was doing on my daughters room, well since then I’ve been devoting my time to renovating my son’s room.
Some of you may be wondering why I can’t do that and my blogging duties and normally you would be right in thinking that but then you don’t know the way I like to work. When I start a major project I devote all my time to it. I will work from the morning until 8 in the evening and I rarely stop for lunch. As long as everything is going the way it should be I’m pretty happy with this type of regime. That is until the wife came in with a venetian blind she wanted me to install.
I have to admit I was pretty pissed off, not because I now had to install the blind but because she told me about it after I had completed painting the room. Now I had to remove all the curtain fittings which meant I had to fill in 12 holes and finish off by retouching the paint. If only she had told me before I painted the room it would have been so much easier.
Having the right tools, as I had mentioned in the previous post, sure makes any job so much easier and knowing I had a lot of cutting to do I bought myself a Miter SawHardware) without which it would have taken me a lot longer and the job wouldn’t have turned out as good. The miter saw was especially good for getting perfect corner cuts on the quarter round timber.
Oh, apart from not having enough time to blog I also don’t have enough time to shave, much to my wife’s and daughters disgust.
The wife’s even amazed that I uploaded this photo to flickr saying the least I could do was smile. Truth be told, I was too damn tired to smile. :tongue_rolleye_ee:
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