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Click fraud and fake traffic must be advancing in technique.

So many fake Flippa listings!

     
6:01 am on Mar 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I watch Flippa regularly and I'm amazed by the amount of fake listings showing VERIFIED Adsense revenue from what appears to be fake traffic.

These scammers, I'm assuming, are highly adept at creating dozens upon dozens of new Adsense accounts as they inevitably (eventually) get banned themselves.

One scammer was prolific, selling $50k worth of cheap sites over the course of a year, dozens of them, with 100% positive feedback and rave reviews from happy buyers. All of the traffic he had created was fake, but it was producing HIGHLY REALISTIC CLICKS that were NOT initially resulting in bans. For all I know, his personal Adsense account is still in good standing!

I suspect many of his "happy" buyers are still earning revenue and totally unaware that he's been banned from Flippa and the traffic and clicks they receive are fake (and that they are at great risk of getting banned)!

As advanced as Google's click fraud algorithms supposedly are, they're still not catching accounts that are producing $100s in revenue a month on poorly designed sites with basically zero real traffic.
7:48 am on Mar 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

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How is it verified?
2:28 am on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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As advanced as Google's click fraud algorithms supposedly are, they're still not catching accounts that are producing $100s in revenue a month on poorly designed sites with basically zero real traffic.


I wonder if these sites aren't just forging the reports. It's not like anyone can just call Google and ask them if they're right.

Can you post a few examples for the rest of us to look at?
3:27 am on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I don't think you're any better off buying a site on Flippa than on eBay. Or selling one either with those hefty listing fee/commissions they charge.
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@ wa desert rat

Some of them are forged -- others are REAL. They're real accounts producing REAL income from fake clicks. I know this for a fact based on what happened with one of the scammers I mentioned.

When the person buys the site, the fake traffic and fake clicks keep coming and that person THINKS they've bought a legit site. Eventually, they're banned.

I'm just wondering HOW they're able to get away with this, and how these accounts can produce hundreds in fake clicks and go on for months and months before getting banned.
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@ super70s

There are some ok deals on there, but when you get below the $10,000 range you're taking a risk.

There's also a lot of overpriced, overinflated crap on there.
10:50 pm on Mar 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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There haven't been many months pass by, when on the Amazon forums [over a great many years] when the naive turn up and say something like:

"I purchased this site, I'm getting traffic and clicks but no sales with Amazon..."

Always comes down to the same old - same old - same old - scammers, who charge enormous fees for a boiler plate site. Then try and sell you "more sure fire traffic" at a negotiable price.

I'm told they sometimes get favourably mentioned on daytime TV in America!

I'm not surprised there isn't an AdSense variant.