Monday, November 18th, 2019

This just in, or as they say in the UK, Stop Press: Jack Marshall of ClickZ reports that former deputy Prime Minister and member of the U.K. Labour Party, John Prescott, is encouraging supporters to click on Google pay-per-click ads sponsored by the Conservative Party, in order to diminish the campaign budget of Labour’s major political rivals….

Both Anchor Intelligence and Click Forensics released their quarterly click fraud reports this week. Each report showed the click fraud rate rising in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to the previous quarter. Click Fraud Rates Anchor Intelligence saw the attempted click fraud rate increase from 18.6% in Q3 2009 to 25.7% in Q4 2009. Anchor Intelligence defines attempted click fraud as those with malicious intent. Click Forensics saw the click fraud rate increase from 14.1% in Q3 2009 to 15.3% in Q4 2009. The click fraud rate in Q4 2008 was 17.1%. Click Fraud Origins Anchor Intelligence listed the…

eBay has tapped Click Forensics to help them fight fraudulent clicks and low quality traffic on their site. “It is crucial that we deliver the highest quality traffic to our advertising partners, and working with Click Forensics will help ensure that we are doing just that,” said Alexis Van De Wyer, director of advertising at eBay Inc. The relationship will affect the eBay Partner Network and the eBay AdCommerce Unit. AdCommerce allows merchants to buy cost-per-click (CPC) ads that are triggered by keyword searches. “eBay is committed to delivering the highest quality traffic to its advertiser merchants,” said Paul Pellman,…

At ad:tech New York this week, Click Forensics unveiled a new online audience verification platform for comparison shopping search engines. The technology evaluates traffic to determine its value to merchant partners. “Comparison shopping engines and other content aggregators need a simple way to optimize the money they spend on search engine marketing, while improving the quality of leads they send on to merchant partners,” said Paul Pellman, CEO of Click Forensics. “The solution we’re delivering does just that. To our knowledge, it’s the only system available that provides the ability for content aggregators to manage traffic acquisition and traffic monetization…

Anchor Intelligence has released its click fraud report for the third quarter of 2009. It paints a different picture than the Click Forensics report that was recently released. Where Click Forensics saw an increase, Anchor Intelligence saw a decline. Overall, click fraud was 23.2% in Q3, down 14.3% from 27.1% in the second quarter. Anchor Intelligence breaks its click fraud rates into two categories: attempted click fraud, the kind with evil intentions, and innocuous click fraud, like an accidental click. Attempted click fraud was 18.6% in Q3 down from 22.9% in Q2. Innocuous rates increased from 4.2% in Q2 to…

Click Forensics has released its click fraud report for the third quarter of 2009. Botnet activity caused the rate to rise and accounted for more click fraud activity. The click fraud rate rose to 14.1% in the third quarter, up from 12.7% in the second quarter, but down from 16% in the third quarter of 2008. Botnets accounted for 42.6% of click fraud in Q3 2009, more than double the 27.5% rate in Q3 2008. “The significant rise in botnet-generated click fraud lines up with recent findings of several well-known malware and online fraud tracking experts,” said Paul Pellman, CEO…

Click Forensics is enhancing their audience quality measurement platform with real-time capabilities. Now, online publishers and ad networks can identify good and bad advertising traffic in real-time. “In its simplest form, our real-time audience quality tracking capabilities make it possible for publishers and ad networks to immediately block bad site visitors from seeing ads, and show the right ads to the real buyers,” said Paul Pellman, CEO of Click Forensics. “This instantaneous audience quality determination is an important step in transforming the results that search, display and social ad providers deliver to their clients.” The new capabilities were built with…

Click Forensics has noticed a new spike in click fraud traffic coming from they’ve dubbed the “Bahama botnet.” The codename came about because the botnet was first detected redirecting traffic through 200,000 parked domains located in the Bahamas. Click Forensics has tracked instances where the Bahama botnet has affected up to 30% of an advertiser’s monthly search marketing budget. “During the past four years we’ve monitored billions of clicks for top search engines, ad networks, publishers and advertisers. This scheme is one of the most sophisticated we’ve seen,” said Paul Pellman, CEO of Click Forensics. “The botnet is effectively disguising…