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Yahoo Publisher Putting my clients's YSM Ads on Porn Sites

Why are my client's YSM ads showing on porn affiliate sites

5:44 pm on Nov 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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So I was looking at some analytics today for my small bed and breakfast client in Anna Maria, FL - I noticed over 100 clicks from domains like "girl.com" "hotgirl.com" etc. in ONE MONTH! Intrigued as to why I was getting traffic from these sites I visited these domains and found them to be whole sites with YPN ads on them - no content, nothing else - just YPN ads.

So - I called YSM and asked them to make sure my YSM ads dont show up on these porn affiliate sites anymore and they stated "We cannot remove an advertiser from the publisher network" they "Dont have the capability." At which point I became annoyed and told them that this is click fraud and I was expecting a refund for these clicks....

They are "investigating" and will "let me know" if these clicks were "fraud." I'm not holding my breath -

Is there any recourse besides turning my YSM ads off?


4:43 pm on Nov 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is there any recourse besides turning my YSM ads off?

Talk about lack of targeting, eh?

I'd say you've handled it okay so far. I doubt seriously if I would have done as well. I'd have been highly pissed to say the least. As for what you can do now you can only wait. Or you can file suit. Unless you want to press the litigation button you're basically at their mercy. They've told you they're investigating. You have to assume they are and you have to hope that somebody over there with a sense of fair play will be the one responsible for this investigation.

Sites with no content are in violation of YPN's own terms. If clicks from those sites sent traffic to your site you should at a minimum be reimbursed for whatever those clicks cost you. They should also pay you for the time and effort it took you to bring this to their attention. You'll never see that last but in the spirit of fair play you should.

You have a strong case though. Good luck with it.


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