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I have been encountering more and more MFA's similar to the following. See the title and description below:
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The m MFA implies an offering of a [non existent] service/product combination and a 50% discount too boot. The url is one of those misleading types with "www-" as part of the domain name. example: 'http://www.www-widget.info'
The visitor is led to the all too familiar BS Advert filled directory. And surprise surprise, none of the ads mention anything about a 50% discount.
This is by no means the first time that I have seen this type of false claim, so my question is: Given the negative experiences many of us have experienced when it comes to reprting MFAs to google, would you bother to report a breach of TOS as serious as this?
[edited by: Scurramunga at 10:21 pm (utc) on Jan. 2, 2008]
So you think the G spam report is just a smoke screen? A 'Good' click is Google's primary concern. The few bucks they may make from these guys is insignificant compared to advertising spends for real quality clicks. Report it.
[edited by: Jon_King at 10:34 pm (utc) on Jan. 2, 2008]
Based on your comment, I looked at my sites for MFAs, and yup, there they are again, apparently back from the holidays with zillions of fresh domains, all leading to the same crap. Confirms (for me) that Google have no clue about how to run their Adsense business.
...would you bother to report a breach of TOS as serious as this?
If you did decide to report it, would you report it to the AdSense people or the AdWords people? A number of people here seem to think those two groups don't communicate well with each other and/or have different goals in mind.
Confirms (for me) that Google have no clue about how to run their Adsense business.
It's either that or just the opposite - the opposite being that Google does know what they are doing and just clearing out the filter and letting Google run things has more upside than downside. Once again in my January message from AdSense, they mention that I might be filtering ads that could perform well.
Since the Google IPO it's been a total down hill run. Google is run by bean counters with very short term objectives.
I'm sure you're right. Why do those beancounters keep coming up with products like Google Scholar that obviously were designed to please moneygrubbing analysts on Wall Street? :-)
Over the past 30 days I haven't added any new sites to my filter. This is despite observing a few advertisers who deserve to be banned, flogged and infested with lice and fleas. But I haven't bothered ... out of apathy mostly.
The result is my EPC is up about 2.5 times and seems to be holding.