BillyS - 3:06 am on Dec 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
This person should be careful about what he says publically.
That postage stamp sized box on my front page is shifting $10,000 worth of business through Amazon this month (December 2010). So, it’s pretty good for them, pretty good for me.
It was jolly nice of my subscribers to take the effort of taking the extra step of entering Amazon through my site. Loyal lot these KTL subscribers. They all own small boats and love to see another bloke sailing his boat.
I was looking at Amazon's operating agreement and I saw this:
14. You will not offer any person or entity any consideration or incentive (including any money, rebate, discount, points, donation to charity or other organization, or other benefit) for using Special Links (e.g., by implementing any “rewards” or loyalty program that incentivizes persons or entities to visit the Amazon Site via your Special Links).
On the website, I found this:
On the top right hand corner of this page there is an Amazon advert – if you enter Amazon via that weblink I get a referral fee – its between two and five per cent of whatever you spend on that visit – so if you spend £100 or $150 through Amazon by entering through Keep Turning Left and then send me an email saying thats what you have done and I will sign you up to the site for three months for free – they pay me in Amazon vouchers on the day the goods are dispatched to you – but I will sign you up straight away. Good eh!
It's unfortunate that people are willing to enter into agreements with large companies and not understand what the agreement entails.
Let's look at this from Google's view. This person committed fraud. He told his blokes to click ads. That cost an advertiser money. I'm certain Google is going to return all of the money to advertisers - but it doesn't sound like they're suing this person (yet). I'm not sure he should be playing the victim...
If you've ever been the victim of click fraud (I have), you know how much it hurts when you're paying for visitors and no one is buying anything.