I have search terms, including some pretty popular search terms, on GoTo. For many of these search terms I am paying 30-50c/click (usually for high, but not top, positions).
When I noticed that my results were appearing near the top on NetFlip, I figured it made more sense to hit a 2c NetFlip listing and maybe get fewer NetFlip pass-throughs from GoTo. Even if they hit me twice, I figured it might be worth it for 2c (my visitor value is, let's say, 50c).
Well, from Friday through Sunday, two of my search terms took about 1,000 hits with no change in my click-through numbers from that page. My click-through went from 70% (this page is new and has little traffic, only about 100 visitors/day--the GoTo ones are sent to a different page, which also has a steady 70%ish click-through internally on 1,000-1,500 visitors/day) to <10% (same 70 click-throughs, but much more apparently bogus traffic with it).
I do not know much about how proxies might be doing this, or why they would go to so much work to make maybe $20 in three days. I'm just annoyed, and pulled those two listings at NetFlip. I did also write NetFlip, and if they respond I will let this forum know about the response.
The tracker I have on this page just shows the last 20 visitors by address, but they include places like "proxy2-external.ftwyn.in.home.com," "spider-wi034.proxy.aol.com," and "proxy.wre.adelphia.net." Actually the spider-w____.proxy.aol.com seems to be an especially popular one.
Can any of you tell what is going on, or is NetFlip just totally useless?