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Click fraud with only a $150 investment?

Here is an interesting customer looking for a programmer to build a click fraud tool (I think): I need a VERy VERY strong/expert custom click fraud program. This program should work, undetectable and pure random. .It would be a good project for someone working for Google AdWords/Yahoo Search Marketing or MSN AdCenter to monitor.

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SearchRamp

Ash Nallawalla

11 April 2006

SEO

Submit your web site for free to this directory! – says its link exchange page – I submitted on 1 April 2006 but no sign of acceptance as yet.

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Are there any really, truly, unconditionally free submission directories that actually accept your submissions (in a reasonable timeframe)?

Ash Nallawalla

11 April 2006

SEO

A necessary evil in the process of search engine optimisation is to submit one’s site to directories. There are many out-of-date lists of free directories that are either not free anymore and/or don’t accept any submissions. This blog will attempt to list my experiences with such directories.

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Multiple clicker drops in to visit

Just after saying that there wasn’t any suspicious activity of late, an AOL visitor appeared to click a few times on the 14th. Google has recorded only one click, so no real harm done.

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No click fraud here

This is more of a non-post, only because my tiny PPC account has not noted any click fraud of late. I am not complaining. Perhaps sites that show evidence of a click fraud service tracking code are being avoided by the organised click fraud gangs?

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Open source click fraud service

In what must be a world-first, click-fraud detection provider Visitlab has noted on its home page that it has opened up its source code under a GPL licence. What does this mean? I doubt that many will download the code and run it as a competing service, but it is certainly reassuring to its users […]

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Click fraud company sold for $21M

Ash Nallawalla

23 December 2005

Click Fraud, SEO

Litmus Media, which runs a click fraud company called ValidClick is the subject of a Letter of Intent to be bought for $21M by the Think Partnership. Follow the link for details.

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Forget Click Fraud, Fix Technical Money Loss

Ash Nallawalla

3 December 2005

Click Fraud, SEO

IncrediBill makes an insightful post about the “hysteria” of click fraud and that it is a “dead horse”. Be that as it may, he challenges the PPCSEs to fix technical issues such as: 1. Advertiser’s site goes offline, so the clicks go nowhere. 2. A network issue leads to dead clicks 3. Accidental ad clicks […]

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Informal Click Fraud (aka Click Fraud as tip jar)

Ash Nallawalla

8 November 2005

Click Fraud, SEO

The blog writer at FrozenNorth.org has posed an interesting variant of click fraud, which he describes as an electronic tip jar. Before AdSense, some web sites used to encourage visitors to click the ads and visit the advertisers but as this contravenes the AdSense ToS, a publisher cannot openly encourage clicks. I don’t see such […]

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Four keyphrases, four ads clicked within 34 seconds

Ash Nallawalla

11 October 2005

Click Fraud, SEO

Now here is a classic click fraud symptom. This user at 172.24.6.31 used a proxy server at a Level3 site 65.57.245.11 in San Francisco to find four of our ads and click them within seconds. Update: The “cuplrit” was Google. Apparently the Adwords people use this IP address when checking your ads. 🙂 The official […]

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Stopclickfraud.com

Ash Nallawalla

10 October 2005

Click Fraud, SEO

Øystein Halseth Lund has a great site that features click fraud – how people commit it and what the SEs are doing about it. Well worth a read!

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Kanoodle – Computer Generated Clicks

Ash Nallawalla

10 October 2005

Click Fraud, SEO

In this post and in a followup, John Cunningham writes about his experiences with Kanoodle.

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