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    Santas Freebies getting a free ride from affiliates
    I clicked on an affiliate banner to this site from one of the pages on a friend's site to check it out:

    http://www.santasfreebie.com/

    http://www.shareasale.com/a-viewmerc...erchantID=8884

    20 cents a lead paid for sign-ups - and no privacy policy is evident:

    Earn $0.20 for every valid US email Address that signs up for a FREE MEMBERSHIP to Santa's Freebie Club. US Traffic Only. No Incentivized Traffic.
    All of those category links on the page go to another site, and when clicking some of the banners (like Walmart) there's a double redirect with popups each step of the way.

    No 20 cents for those, this is not even leaky, it's a scammy sinkhole.
    Last edited by webworker; October 30th, 2006 at 11:43 PM.

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    Pure SPAM farm


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    Ick! That brings up a good issue. When is it the network's responsibility to step in on leaks?

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    I think its time to have a sticky with all the leaky merchants so atleast we can be aware of them and keep adding to the list.

    This will benefit the affiliates as the networks cannot take adequate action when it comes to leaky merchants.
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    This is worse than a leak, there's nothing legitimate about it.

    They have no product or service, no evidence of being legitimate and this site is nothing more than a funnel to siphon affiliate traffic off to another site doing the same thing (which is scammy if you read the fine print) - and evidently it's to harvest email addresses.

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    How about this winner:

    http://www.freebie-of-the-day.com/

    Last edited by Trust; October 31st, 2006 at 02:59 AM.

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    I'll never understand why SAS lets these kind of sites in their network.


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    Those are all affiliate links to a CPA Network

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    Let's all just investigate this e-mail scaping, info peddling, Google Adsence TOS violating web site. Click on the "advertise on this site" link found in the Adwords block at the frebbie sites mentioned above by Trustno1 and you'll find the parent http://www.thefreeguide.com/ Multiple blocks of Adwords built into a page include template or CSS structure.

    Now the other subject of the thread...
    Domain Name: SANTASFREEBIE.COM

    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
    Data Service
    320 7th Avenue, Suite 178
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    US
    (718)303-9515
    mail@dataservicedirect.com

    No need to try a Whois on dataservicedirect.com as it's just a spam server.
    The Santa Freebee site (shame on SAS) uses cookie setting redirects from this CPA network.. http://leadermarkets.com/ ...
    Domain Name: www.LEADERMARKETS.COM

    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
    LeaderMarkets, LLC
    53 Prospect Park West, Ste. 4C
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    US
    (718)965-8000
    (718)965-8005 [fax]
    info@leadermarketsllc.com

    clicks bringup the typical info peddling, privacy violating rewards wanks like www.onlinegiftrewards.com .... SiteAdvisor Red alert: After entering our e-mail address on this site, we received 77 e-mails per week. They were very spammy.

    www.consumerpromotioncenter.com RED ALERT: After entering our e-mail address on this site, we received 426 e-mails per week. They were somewhat spammy.
    http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/con...r.com?aff_id=0
    Sites operated by these spammers hook consumer victims through redirects from ones like this http://rapidresponse.directtrack.com owned by XY7.com is a Division of Rapid Response Marketing LLC which runs an affiliate program http://www.xy7.com/affiliate-program.html

    Domain Name: XY7.COM

    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
    Rapid Repsonse Marketing, LLC.
    Auggie Falzarano
    7500 West Lake Mead Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89128
    US
    (702)631-9714
    xy7network@gmail.com

    Domain Name: SANTASFREEBIE.COM

    Administrative Contact, Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
    Data Service
    320 7th Avenue, Suite 178
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    US
    (718)303-9515
    mail@dataservicedirect.com

    ALL the perps under scruitney use a common domain registrar and hosting operation, meaning their connected using a common reseller account.

    Domain Name: SANTASFREEBIE.COM
    Registrar: DOMAINDISCOVER
    Whois Server: whois.domaindiscover.com
    Referral URL: http://www.domaindiscover.com

    Domain servers in listed order:
    NS.AETHERSECURE.NET
    NS2.AETHERSECURE.NET
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    Has SAS done any investigation of this traffic drain scheme?
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    Aren't most freebie offers nothing more than spam harvesting tools so the "merchant" can pump out emails that set cookies and auto-downloads and who-knows-what-else?

    So why is SAS, which is parasite free, working with a company that probably is doing something that SAS prohibits? (Isn't this more in line with FineClicks' business model?)

    And why would anybody work with a freebie company and be shocked that they're being ripped off?

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    The merchant is currently breaking terms of service with the external links on his landing page...yes... we're working on it - thanks for the headsup
    Thanks,

    Brian Littleton
    President/CEO - ShareASale.com, Inc.

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    Wow!

    This affiliate (even tho they're listed as a merchant) signed up with a CPA network

    Chose all the hundreds of freebie offers they have

    Then decided he didn't want to spend 15 cents per email doing email spam (or maybe he already did, and milked his email list to the max)

    So he wants US to do all the work of attracting qualified leads - for 20 cents

    These cpa offers usually pay about $1.50 per lead....

    Nice setup!

    Dang! Why don't "I" think of these things first

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    There's no way affiliate sites should be allowed to call themselves "merchants" and if it's borderline then the border needs to be moved over to safer territory where defrauding of affiliates stops happening.

    Fraud is fraud and it's outright theft. I bet a lot of them pull a bait and switch and it goes un-noticed for ages while people's traffic gets milked.

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    OUT the bastards and run them out of SAS tarred and feathere and ABW on a rail!
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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