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I applied for the Yahoo Publisher network a couple months ago, with no response from them.
Today, I get this:
<snipped invitation email>
There is a link in the email, but when I mouse over it, it shows something a little different than the displayed link.
Always cause for concern, in my book.
It's supposedly a unique url, just for me, and it expires in 7 days.
A little creepy when I see that.
It could be real...OR?
[edited by: Woz at 12:38 am (utc) on Oct. 27, 2005]
[edit reason] No email quotes please, see TOS#9 [/edit]
But I guess they don't want too many people emailing them asking questions about the network or requesting invitations.
I'd give you the URL of the support form, but you have to be logged in to access it.
But just to clear things up the "publish.publisher.yahoo.com" part of the email is totally normal. It's what my invite email was from as well. In addition my email was from email@example.com, and it was Reply-to firstname.lastname@example.org, just like yours.
So it looks legit to me, based on the where the email was sent from. Good luck getting things straightened out.
I signed up before that feature was available, so I had to wait a few days for my ads to appear, but now their dead-on and are converting wonderfully!
Once the Ad Targeting feature came out, I selected my site(s) niche, which is health, and within a few days I was getting generic online drug store ads. After that I removed the Ad Targeting and haven't used it on any other site since.
The moral: Once you have an ad placement/color scheme/ad targetting that is working for you, don't get greedy and try to find a better way to target ads or a better color scheme.