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    Late yesterday I received notice from Overture/GoTo that they were droping our affilliation effected midnight 12/28.

    Looking in BeFree all traces of their affiliate program is gone. Including reporting.

    Anybody else get a pink slip?? or have any info on what's up. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    Lots of people are getting the boot -- there's a thread somewhere over in geekvillage about it (don't have the url offhand, if you can't find it let me know)...

    PS: yes, I do lurk about in other forums, but I never post there... really, they mean nothing to me... it's not what you think...

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    BeFree is still alive and kicking for impressions and clicks. Maybe you meant no sales were being recorded and reported. Overture is trying to purge affiliate marketers from their keyword mix and concentrating on only those with content pages. Damn merchants get their PPC traffic like clockwork but those with re-direct pages and affiliate coded links get penalized. New direction for us all in Y2002

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    EcomCity: I'm talking affiliates getting paid to send traffic to Oveture. i.e. search boxes. A poster at geekvillage mentioned goclick.com as a replacement..???


    Cedric: Thanks for the headsup to geekvillage.com

    It appears that a bunch of affiliates got the boot. Ovetures message was very short an to the point. "Goodbye"

    Sure going to miss all those (honest)dollars. Over 25% of my income stream. It proves one very important point in this business.
    "Don't put all your eggs in one basket"


    Now $$$$ [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    "yes, I do lurk about in other forums"


    Just as I suspected!! You say it's innocent now but we all know what it leads to!
    First you lurk and then....
    Need I say more? :rolleyes:

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    LOL SSanf. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif> The traitor!

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    I put up my search boxes for them this month. I just went to check and they are still at BeFree/Reporting net. I can still get in and check my stats.

    If you hear any more, let us know!!

    Vicki [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    I can say that I really have never found anything to comment on in the "other" forums since the fall of CJU ... Not that they [other forums] accepted me [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    I see such bs and hypocrisy with the "other forums" ... Jim (who doesn't allow spam or even a link on his forums), himself, spams the Amazon board and Steve is a such an apparent sell out that he owns stock in Vaseline!

    I really wish we did this (ABW) earlier to ALLOW the real input and Free SPEECH of affiliates ... we have had MANY offline thank yous and accolades from merchants, ad networks and affiliates, that I know we are doing the right thing and we will continue to!

    Haiko
    PS I'll get off my ABW soapbox now [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Haiko

    Get back on that soapbox!! You have earned that position.

    If it was not for you and your beloved soapbox we would not be such the great community that we are.

    Another point is, half of us would not have learnt anywhere near what we have learnt here.
    [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    :rolleyes: okay, yes yes, I was joking, but that said... I think there is, indeed, value in the Other Forums. Granted, there are some where I will NOT participate, but that is not because of the people, but rather the administration.

    There are good folks in all the fora I visit and lots to be learned.

    And THAT said, yes, for right now, for me, ABW is, by far, the most valuable. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    One thing I can add is that you can find majority of super affiliates at ABW!

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    Cedric,

    I have learned and utilized many things from you and did not address my post to you.

    Yes, there are MANY things to be learned from the "other" forums ... I try to read all the posts from the others everyday ... to learn! One thing that I "have" learned is that there are many resources for information ... but, Maybe because I am a "Bronco" ... there are only a few that are "real" I hate malarky, as many affiliates do!

    Haiko

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    I too have ventured into another forum or two but I never inhaled and I didn't like it.

    I could quit anytime, honest. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    I TRY to be a one forum kind of a gal but sometimes the others just look so good. I try not to stray. I know I have a home and family that love me here. And, I love you, too. But, we are all tempted by a bit of the strange from time to time.

    I'm not making excuses. I'll be good. Really, I will. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Heyder are you a politition in your spare time? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    I let my overture balance run down to zero a few days ago after they dropped 200 of my search terms.. happy to report I've noticed *no* impact on sales.. they wont be getting any more of my dollars [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    Spiderman, I did the same thing. I am showing maybe about a $5.00 difference in leads but that isn't enough to make up what I spend there each day. I think I am gonna be cutting a lot of keywords if I decide to stay with them. Thats unless they drop me first. <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon7.gif>

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    The PPC engines have gone crazy as hell.
    I do a little advertising with 7 search but
    I got a email from them the other day stating that they were dropping some of my key words.i have a sports site dealing with football and basketball they dropped most all
    my key words that had football or basketball
    or any variation of them words,said they were not revelant to my site.
    Also I'm listed on Overture,never signed up but you know how that works,anyway I get more traffic from them now than I've ever have sinced they changed.
    You figure it out but it seems to me the PPCs
    must have more business than they need.
    Happy New Year!

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    Smont--OverSure's change probably got more clicks to your un-signed up listing because the yo-yos whacked all the paid listings in your category! Serves Over right...

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    Overture's the only PPC I've tried, what's the best bet now that they're kicking out affiliate sites?
    Or should I just stay with the free traffic?

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    There are a whole lot of nice PPCs out there. I joined 7 new ones last week.

    Here is one that is worth trying!
    http://findit-quick.com

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    Don't forget:
    http://www.searchany.com <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon14.gif> <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon14.gif> <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon14.gif>

    Haiko

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    Speaking of other forums - I stumbled upon another forum the other day and I was reading through the post but I didn't post because everyone on that board seemed so dry. Plus I felt like I walked into a house full of strangers so I got out of there. LOL!!

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