Interesting article at Domain Name Wire [domainnamenews.com] discussing the possibility of a raising tide of fraudsters and/or desperate domainers looking to promote their domain's and to inflate their domain's value by driving cheap "bought traffic" to their parked domains. They misleadingly call them "traffic domains", which should mean direct type-in traffic or traffic from old links to once developed domains.
It's worth a read or a reminder to those who are new to the marketplace: Don't accept traffic statistics at face value. Verify by performing your own parking test and studying the referrers.
Yes and you can add the old trick of creating "false" Google Pagerank by cloaking a redirect for Googlebot to a better-ranking site and waiting for a toolbar update. Then you add fake traffic and hope the buyer does not check for actual backlinks or whether there are any conversions.
It is a good reminder to us that you need to be buyer beware and not beleive the hype!
Anybody who is buying traffic domains needs to run a "traffic test" within their own hosting configuration and setup, with their own analytics in place. Trusting unknown sellers and third parties.... Well, that is not the smartest :0
[edited by: buckworks at 11:29 pm (utc) on Jan. 10, 2009] [edit reason] No sigs, please (ToS) [/edit]