From Zero-Cost To…Fraud!
(c) Copyright S. Kumar 2004
Personalization! One of the decisive ingredients of a
happy life –And equally true for a Web marketer.
You are familiar about email personalization. Savvy
marketers use it every time to address you by your
first name in their emails for that ‘extra punch’.
But did you know that you can ‘extend’ this same
concept even from your emails to your website and
clock improved sales…as high as 300%?
With the help of a No-Cost, simple two-line script, you
can easily personalize your sales pages, download
pages, eZine solos, classifieds, autoresponder courses
thank you pages, JV’s, newsletters, affiliate Reviews
product reviews…and the applications goes on.
This zero-cost script equips you to address your
prospects by their first name right from your web page
itself giving you that ‘extra edge’ over others in a flash.
Allow me to share the secret with you — The only
thing you need to know is just ‘Copy & Paste’.
* The Magic Zero-Cost Script*
Please Download The Webpage/Sales Page personalization
script from here with instructions:
Once you download, finish personalizing in flat 2
steps in under 10 minutes.
* Step-1: Easily insert a very simple code into your
webpage where you want your customers name to
*Step-2: Now all you have to do is insert a simple
“?-Name Tag-” at the end of the URL that you want
Note: -Name Tag- means, the personalization tag
in your Autoresponder and emails.
For e.g. Just replace the “YourName” from the below
URL with your name and see how you are personally
addressed on the Web page:
* The Cost Option Of The Similar Script*
Interestingly, there is also a similar script launched
very recently with much fanfare. But you have to pay
$67. Well! You really do not need to pay for it as it is
available openly. If you have already bought the product,
compare it with the Zero-Cost script given above . Do
you find any difference?
* And The Fraud!*
On Friday, March 26, 2004 10:20 AM, an email from a
youngster in Philippines asking me for a JV with this
Web page personalization script arrives. He had noticed
from an earlier article of mine.
The deal was, he will productize this script which I
was already giving away and wanted me to stop
promoting that article. I will get a copy of the product
that I can sell.
We exchanged a few emails on the deal and in all humility,
I accepted the offer and waited for the this gentleman
Some of the sentences from his subsequent email were,
“Im honest and reliable. I try to live with integrity.
That only means that you wont have any problems
dealing with me.”
“You dont have to do anything. Just sit back and rest.
Let me do everything. Then Ill send you the finish product!”
Yes! This guy went ahead, finished the product, began
selling it and is joint venturing now on a 7 day stuff …except
that I never heard from him again nor the finished product.
One more example of dishonest people infesting the
Internet and one more guy to avoid doing business with.
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Has anyone else noticed a disturbing pattern in your pay-per-click advertising campaign, of the same IP addresses clicking on your ad, spending one or two seconds on your website and then leaving?
That’s called click fraud and it’s a major problem among all of the pay-per-click search engines.
Click fraud is a scheme that takes advantage of online
advertising programs like those offered by Google, Yahoo/Overture, Findwhat and others. A fraudulent website is
set up and participates in programs like Google’s AdSense
program. Unlike legitimate websites that attract human
visitors to the site, fraudsters use software “hitbots” or
employ boiler-rooms of low-wage employees from other
countries to generate clicks on ads, and then collect
commission from pay-per-click programs.
In June, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against
Michael Anthony Bradley 32, of Oak Park California who was
charged with fraud and extortion for a scheme involving
Google’s pay-per-click program. Believe it or not, Bradley
actually tried to extort Google into paying $100,000 for
click fraud software he created called “Google Clique.”
Click fraud hurts advertisers by driving up the cost of each
click because many online advertising programs adjust the
price of each click based on the popularity of a particular
keyword and the number of competing advertisers. And
depending on how popular your keyword is, it can take just a
few minutes to register hundreds of clicks. Click fraud can
quickly deplete your pay-per-click account and leave you
with little or nothing to show for your expentiture.
In a recent filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Google acknowledged, “We are exposed to the risk
of fraudulent clicks on our ads. We have regularly paid
refunds related to fraudulent clicks and expect to do so in
the future. If we are unable to stop this fraudulent
activity, these refunds may increase. If we find new
evidence of past fraudulent clicks, we may have to issue
refunds retroactively of amounts previously paid to our
Google Network members.”
Now, in all fairness to the pay-per-click companies I’ve used in the past, I have to give credit where credit is due. Whenever I complained of click fraud, which was often, all of the pay-per-click companies, without exception, did the right thing and credited the stolen funds back into to my account. Ironically, I have not had a click fraud problem with Google.
You can reduce your risk of being victimized by click fraud,
by regularly auditing your websites log files and
immediately reporting suspicious traffic to the pay-per-click companies. If you are unfamiliar with analyzing your sites log files, there are some excellent software products available to assist you like ClickTracks, WebTrends, and AWStats. These products make it fairly easy to identify patterns in your website’s traffic.
Recently, I noticed the same IP number clicking on my ad over and over again–often many times within just a few minutes. I did some basic detective work and discovered it was actually a competitor of mine devouring my pay-per-click dollars. I approached him with my findings and threatened him with law enforcement intervention, if he didn’t cease and desist. He denied any involvement, of course. But I haven’t had any problems with that individual since.
So, how did I find out who the culprit was? Easy.
When checking your log files, if you notice a lot of
clicks from one IP address, you can trace its origin by visiting the American Registry of Internet Numbers. By feeding the IP address into their “Whois” search, they will tell you who has been assigned that IP address, and whether it’s an actual IP or another business entity.
Should the IP address not be assigned to the Americas, you
can verify RIPE Network Coordination Center for all Russian,
European, and Middle Eastern registries, or the Asia Pacific
Network Information Center. There are only three such sites,
so you should be able to track the source.
However, if someone is using sophisticated software to
generate clicks on your ad, it will probably be impossible for you to trace the IP address yourself. For example, according to alleged Google extortionist, Michael Bradley, “Holland Engine software was originaly written to allow spammers to conceal their orginating IP address from mailservers and to keep it from apearing in e-mail headers.
Holland Engine is the core of LincolnSX, the most powerful
mass-emailing software, running at rates of 5 million e-
mails per day per machine. Holland Engine will actually
tunnel through the internet and connect to the desired IP
address from, not your IP but rather from another, the one
at the end of the tunnel.”
In conclusion, if you choose to use pay-per-click search
engines to advertise, watch your log files closely and report improprieties immediately.
Also, don’t put all of your eggs into one basket, by depending solely on pay-per-click advertising. Utilize a variety of ways to attract traffic to your website, such as ezines, newsletters, writing articles, offline advertising, etc.
How to spot a fraud… Usually the type of fraud we have to spot is a person. That means a man who is going to cheat on you, a woman who wants to con you out of your money, a stranger who offers you a business deal etc. The thing is that unless we hide away in a cave and never meet people or speak to them we are coming across them all the time. We have to know how to tell them apart from the genuine people. That way we can get involved with genuine ones and avoid losing money and having upsets caused by the others.
I have noticed that whenever someone tells me they have been cheated they should have been able to spot it would happen before it happened! i.e. if someone gets a knock on the door from a total stranger offering to come in a decorate their lounge for them at a ridiculously cheap price they should not be surprised if they hand over money for the guy to get paint and he runs off with it. Who in their right mind would spend hours knocking on doors only to end up working for far less than the usual going rate for the job? If you are seeking out bargains or gifts from strangers this is how you get scammed.
Women often fall for the line about how a so called psychic will do them a free psychic reading. They think they are onto a good thing without stopping to think about it. A reputable and popular reader would not have to bother to work for free, they would be busy enough with people who respect them enough to pay them. Yet more and more people fall for this. Yes the first one is free. But the first one is always just telling you what you want to hear so that you go back and pay next time… or it tells you there is some terrible black cloud hanging over you and your life which you must pay them lots of money to remove. To be sure that you are consulting someone who you can trust go to someone qualified, who has been a full time professional for a long time, who works for a fair fee, is reliable and who has lots of regular clients such as online-psychic.moonfruit.com. Avoid risks. They are not necessary. In the long run it also saves you a lot of money because one good session is worth dozens of rubbish ones that you cannot trust. It also saves you a lot of heartache and time.
How to spot a fraud.