Over the past six months or so, Yahoo seemed to be doing a better job getting rid of scam affiliates. There were still plenty of them, but after a complaint, the bad ones usually disappeared. There was always a rotation as the scammers just switch to other domains, but it seemed overall to be getting better.
Then in the summer YSM introduced Quality Based Pricing and things were even better. I started to think YSM was getting serious about quality control and giving a decent deal to advertisers.
Then they started allowing blocking of domains, and I hoped things would get even better. I put in the worst offenders on my list and waited. Immediately new affiliates sprang up. I put them on the list. New ones, more additions to the list. The rate of new YSM affiliates in my industry appears to have increased vastly in the past couple of weeks. It's like Hercules and the Hydra: cut off one head and two more spring up in its place.
I just wanted - for one day - to get the percentage of YSM clicks coming from yahoo.com to get as high as 35%. No matter how many affiliates I block that percentage doesn't change much.
This is ridiculous. Did YSM assume that because they were allowing Blocked Domains that they could now relax all their other filters and restrictions?
I see the same. It seems it's a few companies with hundreds of domains. Same cookie-cutter layout, same look and feel, and always no real content except Yahoo ads. Some of the ones that actually have content other than ads are a joke. Once you read the content you realize it's a bunch of garbage. I think with blocked domains in place these 'click spammers' have turned on the printing presses. They simply figure we can't block them all. In my opinion a simple review of these sites by a Yahoo employee would solve the problem.