Since the BusinessWeek article came out several days ago, it seems the ‘spies’ that are reporting incentivized parked domains are seeing a bit more success getting stuff shut down when they report them. The ringleaders aren’t too happy about it all though, and one is shouting out threats of Wiccan Retribution:
I HOPE YOU LAUGH SO ###### HARD YOU CHOKE TO DEATH. I’M CALLING ON A FEW OF MY WICCA FRIENDS. SEE IF WE CAN MAKE LIFE AS MISERABLE FOR YOU AS YOU HAVE FOR ME AND MY HONEST MEMBERS.”
Bizarre no? :lol:!
ETA: Check out the numbers this guy was doing:
AFTER LOSING 2 OF MY BEST PARKING ACCOUNTS THIS MORNING PLUS ALL THE EARNINGS, NOT TO MENTION OTHERS I’VE LOST WITHOUT SAYING A WORD, IT’S GOING TO TAKE A MIRACLE FOR ME TO GET UP THE MONEY TO PAY YOU ALL. FROM THIS DAY FORTH, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THERE WILL BE NO MORE ADMIN ADVERTISEMENTS SENT! I HAVE TO RAISE $21,000.00 BY THE 15th TO PAY YOU ALL ON BOTH SITES.
No wonder he’s cranky! That’s a big chunk of change–and it’s just the clickers share ;).
So who are these people deep in the dark recesses of click fraud that are reporting the shenanigans? Dodging threats of Wiccan curses? How long have they been reporting this to Google, parked domain companies, etc.?
Would you believe they’ve been neck deep in this stuff for *years*? And only NOW are they seeing sites starting to get shut down?
I know people. I’m not involved with gptr, yet I have a good grasp of what’s going on in there. Google, Yahoo!, domain parkers–they really need to step up to the plate here and infiltrate these click fraud communities to have a better handle of what’s going on. If I can do it, why the hell aren’t they?
Another article came out interviewing someone who gladly clicks for pay: Clicks that sting Armies of citizens have been lured into fraud rings
Louise, a disabled housewife, plays a bit part in a ring of online fraudsters.
She spends her days at home in Ohio entering queries in obscure search engines and then clicking on the ads — over and over again.
Louise’s illicit clicks cost advertisers untold amounts of money. But she doesn’t care because some of their losses eventually trickle into her pockets to help pay for her prescription medicine.
FYI: Things aren’t close to being cleaned up yet. Keep your ads off the content network ;).
Does anyone know if the results in parked domains are from adwords search network or from the content network?