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How good are these companies that promise x visitors for $25?

     
2:20 pm on May 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Im getting 5 or so emails a week from various companies who promise x number of hits for $x.

They all promise unique visitors, no under hand tactics, etc .... but how real are these guys?

The latest example says 10k targeted visitors for $25.

2:24 pm on May 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Jimmy, if you get any visitors other than robots I would be amazed.
2:27 pm on May 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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sem4u, are you saying these guys are giving unsolicited email advertising a bad name?
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yeah, thats kinda what i figured ......

this particular example promises no bots - but the whois info tells me alot - for example their email address is a yahoo address ..... hmmm. think it might be time to block some email addresses :)

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All unsolicited advertising e-mail is bad.
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All unsolicited advertising e-mail is bad.

Thanks sem4u,

I keep on learning every day here.

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I'm happy to help :)

<Okay - enough sarcasm for one day>

5:46 pm on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've used some that deliver "traffic" for as low as $.005 per "click". It isn't robot traffic but its not exactly a click either. It's a pop-up or under. Whereas the signup rate for the site from G traffic is typically between 1 in 20 to 1 in 35, this type of "traffic" was about 1 in 150 and some people from it did end up becoming paying members.

Found them through AdWords though, not email spam.

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We have a script that we have written that tests domains, all it does it pings a domain, refreshes the IP address and pings again. I am sure they use scripts such as these to deliver this "traffic". The best use of these programs is to artificially inflate numbers to show a potential buyer of the site.

Cheers,

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I once bought some of these :( and the company that advertises on my site (Burst Media) almost booted me. Due to false impressions....
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I was cheated by <a company>. I will never believe this kind of companies.

[edited by: Woz at 11:35 pm (utc) on May 29, 2004]
[edit reason] no specifics please. [/edit]