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How to check if a site will display Link Ads

Updated July 15, 2023

Some sites block Link Ads, (CTAs on URLs you can share anywhere). Some sites use code that blocks iFraming, which is how works. On such sites, you will find that your or links will break to full URL when clicked. Your Link Ads will not display. See the very bottom for a list of sites where Link Ads display (as of this writing; this can change over time.)

Note that for links shortened with, Facebook and LinkedIn will not accept them. This is beyond our control; FB and LinkedIn are now blocking all short links created of full URLs. So, if using RiteForge, RiteBoost for scheduling posts, we suggest that you do not shorten links for posts you schedule to LinkedIn or Facebook. If just using, even with custom subdomain, please use them in Tweets, emails, IG comments - and everywhere else - just not in FB or LinkedIn.

If not, the entire site - all pages on the domain - block Link Ads and will be the same with all competitors, such as,, etc.

Nearly all sites and blog posts other than Medium blog posts can take a Link Ad. (Search the section of our knowledge base for instructions for Tiktok videos, Youtube, Instagram, and Vimeo videos, Snapchat, Tweets, Facebook posts and much more here.)

Web pages and blog posts: you should test a site you don't know to take ads. When you test a page from a site and find your breaks to the original full URL, we may understand this to be a business decision on the part of the site owner. By blocking their site from being iFramed, which does, there are pageview losses. There are prominent aggregation sites, such as (formerly StumbleUpon), which rely on the ability to iFrame other site's pages. So, for those that block iFraming,'s will break to original URL, your Link Ads will not display, but there is also a loss for them, which is why most sites do not block from displaying your Link Ads.

You may see that you get clicks on your links, "Link Clicks," but zero or very few Ad Views. This is due to the fact that very, very few people click on ads. (Do you?)

The main thing you get with is exposure, not click-throughs. Here's what I get, the screenshot below. You can see that it took getting to high numbers of views before I started to get a tiny percentage of Ad Views.

And then, click going up, but zero views: most people see but do not click on ads. The main thing you get with is exposure, not click-throughs. I'll give you my own results in a screenshot, and you can see that it took getting to high numbers of views before I started to get a tiny percentage of Ad Views.

How to check if a site will display Link Ads —**How to shorten a link and click the link to open in a new tab, see that your Link Ad displays:**

Youtube links: use the root URL for the video, rather than getting a Youtube video link while the video is playing or in the middle. So, will work, while the "copy video URL at current time" link,, will not work with

Things to know:

This also works with custom subdomains for and invisible Link Ads, too.
If you test one page from a site and your Link Ad displays or, in the case of invisible Link Ads (just for collecting viewers of your links in tracking pixels), if your link does not break to the original full URL, all pages from that site will allow your Link Ads.

You can also test pages with the RiteForge browser extension

If you would like to use the RiteForge browser extension to test, you can do this by:

Have the RiteForge browser extension installed.
Open a page from a site where you would like to share pages and click the RiteForge browser button.
Under the page title and URL, to the left of the hashtag suggestions, click the back button in the RiteForge Composer modal (popup) that opens.
Click in the URL and then, the Test link, below.

You can get the browser extensions for RiteForge and all RiteKit products at the bottom of the RiteKit site.

Here is a partial list of just a few sites where, as per the date of this help page's last update, Link Ads display:

you are using a security product in your browser, or have set , while most people do not have browser settings that break iframed URLs to original URL - and thus, you do not see the ads but your audience does (most likely).

the sites you made links of did not block, and the owners recently made a change to their site header and they now block (very unlikely).

a mistake in your link ad (there is an edit icon, the pencil, next to each Link Ad you create) settings, such as "invisible" or a long delay before the ad appears.

Please see the screenshot of sites that I use, above, which, when last tested, do not block ads.

sites that blocked may later be changed to allow Link Ads to display* and also, sites that allowed Link Ads may be changed to break iframed URLs to the original URL. Package customers all promoting different things and so, they would want to find and test sites that would be right for their target audience, in order to share social posts, etc., on top of which they advertise.

You are welcome to use sites shown in the screenshot above, but as noted above, you need to test sites by making one URL of a page in their site and clicking upon it yourself to ensure that the site does not block.

Please check sites you do not know to allow Link Ads to display Site owners make a business decision when they choose to block or allow iframing. There are merits and demerits to both decisions. Allow iframing and your site gets added to many directories that do not allow sites that block, and also, people who use or similar solutions will share their blog and other pages. Block, and they do not allow us to advertise on their site links without paying them. So, there are wins and losses with either decision.

Please avail yourself of our library of tutorials for mobile, custom subdomain, remarking pixel targetting and more solutions.

Updated on: 15/07/2023

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