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Suspected click fraud from Searchfeed via Looksmart?

6:31 am on Jul 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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After successful use of Google, Yahoo, and MSN PPC, I decided to try some of the smaller networks with my broad terms.

I joined Looksmart and setup some ad and keywords such as socks, neckties, etc.

Amazingly despite being much smaller than the big 3, and me setting a maximum click at $0.02, Looksmart clicks are out clicking anything else. And the clicks are seem to come from www.searchfeed.com.

However after the user hits the site, only 1 out of 100 move to another page. Instead they land on the first page, stay for 30 secs and then leave. This is suspicious! Only 1 user has moved to another page on my site and that was suspicous activity also (20 mins to look at 3 pages holding 1 product).

Furthermore the search terms are always the same few: neck ties, socks

Considering the other 3 dont bring anywhere near that amount of traffic I suspect fraud.

Has anyone had any experience of Looksmart / Searchfeed.

7:59 am on July 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes. We gave up using Looksmart 2 years ago and Searchfeed 1 year ago. Both are victims of incentivized traffic fraudulent networks. Don't waste your money even if they offer $0.01 per click because this traffic is coming from people that are paid to click on your ads. They are not interested what is behind the ad but just click, stay 30 seconds, and get their credit point...
12:47 pm on July 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Also read this forum. You will find many topics where people have shared their experience with Looksmart and others.
8:10 am on July 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Of the 8109 clicks we've seen from Searchfeed in a recent period, only one has converted. That, my friends, is click fraud.