you're joking, right?
Where did you read this?
Was it on their website?
of course not .. but we knew it was a snake when we picked it up, and on the bright side, think of the bargains on toner that are coming our way
Actually, it looks like [bleep] is the one who is selling the db for $240.
[edited by: rcjordan at 7:31 pm (utc) on Aug. 19, 2003]
[edit reason] sorry, no references to specific sites. [/edit]
Ah-ha, just from memory.. this was an email spam right? If so they did the same for Adwords, overture etc in recent weeks. If so the email didnt come from Ah-ha but from some opportunist.
Yes it probably is a scam if the database is being sold for $240. Its not as if Ah-ha is not valuable or anything, they are still a live company so that database would be sold for a high price.
E.g. We got an estimate on the bankrupt company Searchhound.com and their quote was approx 1M USD.
Yes this is spam email. I've gotten the exact same email but with "findwhat" and "7search" replacing "ah-ha". Somebody is harvesting advertiser domains on the CPC engines and cross-indexing them with a who-is database to get email addresses.
ditto the above.... just spam.
ah-ha rep here. <snip> is the site that was sending out spam emails from various PPC engines offering to sell it's current advertiser list. Although there may be a way to make that legal, it is completely unethical and would never be done by us or by any prominent PPC search engine.
They also copied <snip> entire site and played it as their own.
FYI - Efforts from multiple PPC's have resulted in this site being shut down....Hoorah!
[edited by: Marcia at 9:39 pm (utc) on Sep. 8, 2003]
[edit reason] Thanks, but no specifics, please. [/edit]
MwahAhah we bought the list now all you people who advertise there belong to me too! Get ready for your enlargement e-mails! In all seriousness someone I know did purchase the list and it was just full of sales and webmaster email addresses which are not the ones we've ever used with Ah-ha.
Today's spam was targeting epilot.
2/3'rds of all epilot advertisers... for $280...looks like the price is going up!
and yes... they just spidered the sites, the email addresses are taking from the site of the advertiser.
I wonder if their spider visiting the advertiser's site through epilot caused each of the advertiser's to receive a click-through?
Check your logs! ;-)
This kind of e-mail harvesting and other illegitimate clicks through the PPC engines was getting so bad for us that we had to suspend our second tier PPC advertising. We were getting a bounce rate of nearly 100% from them.