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February 20th, 2006, 07:47 AM #1
Massive clicks are NOT fraud!
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- June 2nd, 2005
I use Xenu's Link Sleuth (TM) to check for broken links.
The crawler checks every link on every page generated by the datafeed. It appears that the crawler causes a click, which in my case was generated on northern tool -- 7,996 clicks in one day.
The crawler, however, does not trigger a click on Adsense. CJ obviously does not have this protection!
How many other crawlers generate false clicks?
Sales and traffic are bad enough, but do we have any assurance that even the clicks we get are real. AF managers will need to be careful, before they determine someone is stuffing the cookie jar!
February 20th, 2006, 10:15 AM #2
7,996 clicks in one day
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- January 18th, 2005
February 20th, 2006, 10:55 AM #3Originally Posted by geezer
CJ links are plain HTML. Robot follows the link - it would be considered a legitimate click, unless CJ implements and maintains a list of all known spider's IP addresses to simply NOT count visits coming from these IPs.
February 22nd, 2006, 07:34 PM #4
Being a manager of many CJ programs I looove those Spider programs =) I always contact anyone who sends in an absurd amount of clicks with no sales and it's usually the case of the spider working. Now, if I saw someone with 20 conversions and 22 clicks, that screams fraud at me =)
February 24th, 2006, 01:32 PM #5Originally Posted by Dan Fink
What would you class as an 'absurd' amount of clicks? ie if i send 10,000 clicks and get about 400 sales & 50 leads would you class this as absurd?
February 24th, 2006, 03:03 PM #6
I think it's more a combination of the following:
1) A major spike in clicks. If you average 10 clicks per month and you get 10,000 in one day, that will get some attention.
2) A large number of non-converting clicks. If you get 10,000 clicks with no sales or only a few sales, that will get some attention.
Even though it might not be fraud, many affiliate managers (especially on CJ where the merchant's EPC is public) will give close scrutiny to affiliates that fit those criteria.
February 24th, 2006, 03:09 PM #7Originally Posted by stancrazy
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