Ask.com – Worthless PPC Advertising Buy

by Werty on September 25, 2006

This is my first tip on the site: DO NOT USE ASK.com FOR PPC, unless you are only selling clicks…

Background: I signed up with an Ask Jeeves Advertising account yesterday and experienced a massive amount of worthless traffic that was not even clicking my links once it reached my site. After finding out about this I wrote a nice little email to ASK.com explaining the situation. I am kind of upset that I forgot to tell Barry Diller to eat a dick in the email.

Here is the email:

Hello, I signed up with ASK last night (account # 490588) and managed to use almost half of my deposit (around 50 of my $100) in under a few hours. Also my daily budget of $10 was exceeded on both days.

In addition to that I am getting ONLY clickbot traffic from your network of sites, which I did not opt in to including these sources:

http://6161.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://www.unitedsearchnetwork.com
http://feed.genieknows.com/yz/search_html.jsp
http://suzako.com/other.php
http://6678-59069_2559710.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6679-59131_2596293.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6678-59069_2577094.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6678-59647_2597279.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6678-59069_2559717.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://www.bestohyes.com/search/
http://6678-59844_2597280.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://www.findaccurate.com/pro.php
http://www.2005.com/search/
http://6453.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6678-58768_2579356.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6678-60689_2592612.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://www.searchfeed.com/rd/Clk.jsp
http://dpxml.verizon.net/_1_2DH7U4H0LYLJ3K__vzn.isp/search/web/n

http://6678-59895_2604160.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6106-b2001.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://www.searchcreep.com/results.php
http://6678-59647_2597286.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6678-59780_2576412.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6679-59131_2561197.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6679-61013_2614426.pa
rtners.findology.com/2.php
http://6916-175.partners.findology.com/2.php
http://6107-b2001.partners.findology.com/2.php

At this point you have 2 choices;

1. refund our money for this worthless traffic, opt us out of your “partners” and only show our ads on ASK.com

2. cancel our account, refund the remainder of the money in the account and face a chargeback on the previous charges.

I would also like to be assured that you will not be automatically rebilling my account when the budget is low.

Regards,
George Kepnick

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Tim 02.28.07 at 9:47 am

I’d like to hear a followup on this post, if you can.

What happened as a result of your email?

Have you started using Ask again yet? Any different results?

Hopefully you were able to turn the partners network off, is the search traffic any better?

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UMBRAs 04.08.07 at 1:51 pm

I am not sure, but i read somewhere, all trafic you get from ask.com is masked by those IP’s. It does not mean you’r not get quality traffic, only you see just these adresses. But i think you see the results (if you selling something on internet). Why dont you ask them…?

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Mike 09.13.07 at 9:52 am

I have found that Miva sends the same type of garbage traffic and then does not answer your emails about the click fraud.

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