3rd Tier PPC Fraud Very Bad: 100% Click Fraud?

Feb 6, 2006 • 8:48 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Pay Per Click Engines

You think PPC fraud is bad at Google or Yahoo? Wait until you try out the third tier programs. A thread at Search Engine Watch Forums named Findwhat.com fraud clicks issue describes some of these company's including Findwhat and their inability to track and prevent click fraud at the level one is accustomed to with Google and Yahoo.

Some members say they realized click fraud of up to 100% of clicks! 100%! I am not sure if that is even possible, but that is what was reported at the thread.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.

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02/09/2006 08:26 pm

I have to agree that my personal expeiences with Miva have also been that close to 100% of the traffic is clickfraud. I ran into a situation last week where I was getting a ton of traffic from them for a particular keyword. After looking at the source of the links it looked like a fairly sophisticated set of bogus web sites that had been created as a shell to hold a bunch of ads. I tracked originating IP addresses of the clicks on the ads and most were outside of USA. In my case, I get 99% of my traffic from within USA so having 70% outside was a real red flag. One more thing, looking at these shell web sites, they were not related to the topic that would match up with the product I am selling. One could say that there was no connecton at all. So much for relevant clicks. After talking with the peple at Miva, they were nice enough to refund my funds, but still claimed that 70% of the traffic was legit. The way I look at this is like this - if that's what they call legit traffic, I want noting to do with it. For your keywords your experience may be different. But for mine, I have closed my account with Miva. They are a waste of my time.


10/10/2006 10:56 pm

MIVA is a joke and the joke is on anyone who would spend money with them. I had over 400 clicks in one day for one key word -- one click every couple of minutes for a 24 hour period for nearly $75. I tried them before and would spend $4 or $5 per day on limited key words and then I would have $40 to $50 in one day -- usually at the end of the month or quarter. Guess they needed to beef up their earnings at that time. Again, I will never advertise with them again and hope they go out of business. They are a total rip off.


08/15/2007 10:57 pm

I agree. I just started a campaign with them and they have this affiliate www.seekalicious.com that sent me thousands of fraudulent clicks in just minutes. These guy should be out of business. What a shame.

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