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I was told by the rep I called that they were unable to disclose the amount of international traffic that is considered to be acceptable. That I should have been using a script to block international traffic.
[edited by: jatar_k at 12:55 am (utc) on Feb. 17, 2006]
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Are they not on the same sheet of music over there?
Since they told me that, I haven't bothered filtering or using geotargeting. I know for a fact that my site gets international visitors.
Why they don't block non-US IPs is absolutely absurd. And, if they are blocking them why cancel accounts?
Why do I have to be a fxyzing PHP expert to advertise with Y!
And, they are the frigging geniuses so why don't they provide some blocking script? There is nothing simple for a plain HTML page to block IPs - at least no one here has given me a clue to a somewhat simple solution.
Ohhh, and another thing, Y! won't tell me if they can block non-US IPs and they won't tell me if/when they really deduct foreign clicks. They won't warn me/you if it is becoming an 'issue' ahead of time.
Sometimes I just want to give someone a good shake.
Back to the pool, and thanks Y!
I don't think I have seen any other folks posting here about getting kicked out for any other reason than foreign clicks.
I attempt to reduce foreign clicks via advertising adjustments but the products/services I offer I know are used in every country and the product is in English in every country.
I prey I can hold out till beta is over.
Please note that it is possible that we may welcome you back to the program after the beta period, provided that you take steps to eliminate non-U.S. traffic from clicking on your Yahoo! contextual ads
I've been waiting for the same email for 4.5 months now.
My Yahoo rep told me that THEY (Yahoo) were filtering out non-US traffic
A number of people have been told this, in fact I have a copy of an email from a yahoo rep which specifically states that there is no need to block international traffic as it is filtered on their end and adjustments made accordingly.
Oh well. I'm hangin' on till someone throws me off. If it happens - it happens. I sweated an adsense boot for a solid year until I just said to hell with it and got philosophical about it. Same with this.
Please note that it is possible that we may welcome you back to the program after the beta period, provided that you take steps to eliminate non-U.S. traffic from clicking on your Yahoo! contextual ads.
At some point Google may step in and say that publishers aren't allowed to send their US traffic to Yahoo and international traffic to AdSense. Why should they allow Yahoo to build a business around grabbing all the low-hanging fruit and ignoring the need to support worldwide web traffic?
At some point Google may step in and say that publishers aren't allowed to send their US traffic to Yahoo and international traffic to AdSense.
The fact is that every single YPN publisher, whether they filter or not, is in violation of the tos.
yoyo8, what do you mean by that? If you filter so that you are only showing YPN ads to US IP addresses, how are you in violation of the TOS? Or do you mean that it's just pretty much impossible to limit to "US-Only" due to proxies, global services like AOL, etc, so even if you do filter you're eventually going to show to non-US people anyway?
If you filter so that you are only showing YPN ads to US IP addresses
This is not technically possible to do.
even if you do filter you're eventually going to show to non-US people anyway?
Yes, we all show ads to non-US visitors. Some show more than others. However, as per the YPN tos, showing just one ad to a non-US visitor means you are in violation of the tos.
me: "well then what is the allowed ratio of international to domestic traffic?"
Yahoo guy: "I'm sorry but I'm not able to disclose that information"
Thing is, if I had known I would have followed the rules, or at least tried to. I wasn't even trying because I was ignorant. I know that's no excuse though. I just hope they let me back in at some point. Does anyone know if they're still sending invites?
Y! sucks with this TOS and im preparing to spread the word all over the net with their abusive terms.
yea, u will say i may not join them if i dont like it, but is my right to say what i think of them too on every webmaster forum i currently use.
Y! has the right to write the terms as they want, I have the same right to let other know how they proceed with their publishers
Yes, if Yahoo wants us to block int'l clicks, they need to make it VERY clear to us.
And have their reps STOP telling us that WE don't NEED to! That's what gets me the most: I know that a lot of us KNOW we have int'l traffic, and have asked Yahoo about it in regards to their TOS, and have been told not to worry about it.
Did I already say "Grr" in this thread?
Whoops, guess I did. :-)
So, we shouldn't worry about that.
What I wish Yahoo would do though, is offer an alternative ad space like what Adsense has. That way, whenever there is someone outside of the US viewing my page, I can easily show them an Adsense ad or something else.
Simply make a box in the ad setup page and then let us enter in a URL.
Even though I do filter out foreign traffic, I'm sure many foreigners still see YPN ads and their clicks don't count.. also I'm sure I filter many Americans when I don't need to.
So if you send too much international traffic, you get banned.
Well, since I'm not a mind reader, what does "too much" mean dear YPN team? Since one page view from international traffic is a tos violation, two page views would be a 100% increase and would seem to be excessive. And since every YPN publisher has sent at least two page views of international traffic using YPN, it seems that all of us may potentially be sending too much international traffic.