Tom Diehl on 19 Sep 2006 01:58:14 -0000

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[PLUG] Re: Sorry if this is OT but... Google Steals!

On Mon, 18 Sep 2006, Toby DiPasquale wrote:

On Mon, Sep 18, 2006 at 01:57:11PM -0400, John Von Essen wrote:
So a few things can occur, you click the link, hit google, then hit the
stop button in your browser. This can happen, and I accept it, but there
is no way that 50% of the people that click ads are hitting STOP in that
millesecond windows to stop the redurect.

Or... the "clicker" is a piece of software that's not following 302 redirects.

If you're going to do business with Google, the unforunate truth is that
you must be prepared for weirdness. They are notoriously close-mouthed
about the calculation process and don't seem to have a handle on the real
issue, click fraud. This doesn't mean they are "stealing", it just means
that their algorithms aren't perfect. I am not defending them (indeed, it
would seem to me as if they haven't done enough to combat click fraud as
it clearly increases their bottom line), but from their perspective,
what's the difference between 6 and 14 clicks at $0.05 per click?

And more importantly, you are complaining to the wrong people. :-)


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