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Interstitial Ads and Cloaked Aff Links

Discussion in 'Google Adsense' started by baldidiot, Aug 23, 2021.

  1. baldidiot United Kingdom

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    Thought this might be a good place to ask this.. if you have a site that mixes google auto ads and affiliate content and you cloak the links through a sub folder (eg: /go/link/) then you end up getting an interstitial ad on the link, which obviously isn't ideal from a conversion perspective.

    Eg: It goes:

    Page -- click --> Interstitial ad -- dismiss --> Aff link

    Is there any way to tell google to not show an interstitial ad on a specific link (or even for clicks to a specific sub folder would do it).
     
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    Couldn't you wrap the Google ads script tag in a conditional tag - assuming you are using server side code like PHP?

    Alternatively, couldn't this be handled using Google Tag Manager?
     
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    Yeah you can exclude it from the page no problem, but we want the ads to run on the rest of the page... just not when that one specific link is clicked - it's a pretty big page and just has an aff unit after the intro for a specific product.
     
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    That's just talking about a nested subfolder isn't it? Eg: /first-directory/second-directory/

    There's no ad code on the redirect URL so I'm assuming it must be triggered by the code on the page that the link is on. So blocking the /go/ folder wouldn't work as the relevant ads are running on the /page-with-link/.

    Ie: The interstitial ads are actually controlled by ad code on the page you're leaving, not the page you're going to. If that makes sense.
     
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    It's just using auto ads on every page - so just the same single bit of code and we've not mucked about with anything.

    That link did have a bit of useful info:

    So opening it in a new window would probably do the job.... except then we'd have to battle the ad blockers potentially not showing the link.

    It's interesting that no one else seems to have this issue before (or have realised it's there) because searches bring up very little info on the subject.