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What types of things can’t I promote with ClickMagick?


ClickMagick processes clicks from an almost unlimited number of traffic sources and optionally redirects them to “content,” such as websites, downloads, videos, etc. To help combat fraud and scams, ClickMagick disallows both fraudulent traffic sources and deceptive, malicious or otherwise unacceptable content.

Here, we’re going to cover the types of content and webpages that may not be used with ClickMagick Tracking Links or Rotators, or the ClickMagick Campaigns tracking system. If you want to learn more about the types of traffic that ClickMagick does not allow, you’ll want to read this article:
 
What traffic sources can’t I track with ClickMagick?
  

Our mission is to help legitimate marketers, who provide real value, grow their businesses. With that in mind, there are specific types of sites and other content you can’t promote with ClickMagick:
 
   Adult/hook up/porn sites. We have nothing against these sites, we just don’t want to be associated with the fraud in this niche. Legitimate, mainstream dating sites are fine.
 
   “Claim your free money” scams. You may not promote anything that claims or suggests that money has been sent to the user, the user has money waiting to be collected, the user has deposits to claim, or anything even remotely close – unless it’s true.   Example 1   Example 2   Example 3   Example 4
 
   Deceptive use of third-party images. You may not deceptively use logos or favicons from any site you don’t own – Facebook, PayPal, Instagram, etc. – on your own pages.   View Example
 
   “Endless opt-in” funnels. These are funnels where a user enters their email on an opt-in form, but instead of receiving what was promised they’re presented with a new opt-in form for something else, and this just keeps repeating over and over. These cause end-users to be unknowingly subscribed to multiple lists owned by different people, which results in almost worthless leads and lots of spam complaints. Opt-in forms must redirect to whatever is being offered, not to another unrelated opt-in form. Example
 
   Fake or Deceptive Prizes & Gifts. You may not tell the user they’ve won a prize or free gift unless it’s actually true. This also includes “free gift card” or any other similar offers that require the user to make multiple purchases in order to receive the “prize.”   Example 1    Example 2    Example 3
 
   Fraudulent websites or offers. This includes anything that is clearly fraudulent or illegal e.g. anything related to hacking, stealing of paid content, software piracy, etc.
 
   Malicious downloads. Especially if disguised or bundled with legitimate software like Flash Player.
 
   Malware/phishing scams. Hopefully this should be pretty obvious. These are illegal.
 
To be perfectly clear, only the things specifically detailed above are prohibited – so as long as you’re not promoting any of these things, then you’re totally fine. (For example, sports betting and cannabis oil are fine as long as the landing pages don’t violate any of the policies above.)

We’ll add other specific items to this list as necessary, and we’ll always update you when we do.

 
What happens if I promote any of these things?

Please note that we manually review EVERY URL entered into our system.

And if you add a link to a page that contains any of the prohibited content detailed above, we’ll simply delete that tracking link or rotator URL from your account and send you an email with all the details.

And don’t worry – in the case of a rotator, if you add a link to prohibited content as a rotator Backup URL or Mobile URL, we’ll simply change the URL to google.com rather than deleting your entire rotator.

However, please note that both repeat and egregious violations will put your account in jeopardy.

If you continue to add links to prohibited content after being warned, or blatantly add links to phishing sites or malware for example, then you’ll almost certainly find that your account will be cancelled.


What if I’m sending traffic to pages that I don’t control or I’m selling “solo ads?”

Ultimately you’re responsible for the websites and content that you redirect traffic to using ClickMagick tracking links and rotators, regardless if you actually own the website or content yourself.

If you’re selling “solo ads” for example, you’ll want to make sure you manually review every URL you enter into ClickMagick and make sure it doesn’t contain any of the prohibited content listed above.
 
Tip #1: If you’re using an anonymous VPN you might find that you’re blocked by certain other users from accessing their tracking links. In this case you’ll want to use a tool like RedirectCheck. Simply enter their tracking link and the tool will display their final Primary URL, which you can then test directly.
 
Tip #2: If you’re selling clicks and you’re worried about your clients changing the contents of their pages after you review them, we’d recommend you use a page monitoring service like Trackly or VisualPing that will alert you when a webpage changes. It’ll only take a few extra minutes a day to set up this type of monitoring.

Please note that right now we’re only looking at the sites and content you’re promoting, and NOT the sources of your incoming traffic. We understand you could unknowingly receive traffic from scammers generating clicks in deceptive or fraudulent ways, and we’d never penalize you for that.

 
What else should I know, and what if I have questions?

If your account is canceled for egregious violations of the prohibited content policy, we’ll also blacklist every custom domain and URL you’ve ever used – so you won’t be able to just create another account.

If you have any questions as to whether something is okay to promote or not, just submit a support ticket to our Helpdesk and we’ll be happy to take a look. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Article 280 Last updated: 07/03/2020 6:33:07 AM
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