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Sunday, September 20, 2015

GPT (PTC, PTS, PTV) Is Unwelcome, Click Fraud

Some spammers do not appreciate the subtle details of the Blogger anti-spam policies.
Spam: Spam takes several forms in Blogger, all of which can result in deletion of your account or blog. Some examples include creating blogs designed to drive traffic to your site or to move it up in search listings, posting comments on other people's blogs just to promote your site or product, and scraping existing content from other sources for the primary purpose of generating revenue or other personal gains.
We see an occasional spammer lawyer, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue
I checked the official rules. You can check - Blogger never said PTC is not allowed. I'm just promoting PTC, in my blog.
This is a spammer who has not gotten the word.

GPT (aka "Get Paid To"), PTC, PTS, PTV, and any other cute names - all constitute click fraud - and are not welcome, in Blogger.

Spammers like to push the limits.

Blogger is not going to make a list of each name, and say
This is not allowed.
Each time Blogger publishes a reference of problem blog content / technique, the spammer community comes up with a new cute name for another fraudulent, web based activity.

Blogger provided "official" word is quite succinct.

The official word is quite simple.
If your blog was removed it was possibly due to a policy or terms of service violation.

Please look into this and make sure that you are not violating any of Blogger's terms of service or policies, these are taken very seriously.
If you choose to ignore the official word - or the unofficial word - you are entitled to request that your blog be restored, using the dashboard "Restore" / "Review" link.

Properly requested and reviewed, you may see your blog, again.

It's possible that, given a politely requested review, you may get your blog back - for a while. If you continue your activity, we'll probably see you, again, soon enough.

Eventually, your Blogger account will be vulnerable.

If your dashboard lacks the needed button / link, you are probably not using the correct Blogger account. In many cases, this will be because your Blogger account was deleted or locked, for repeated, non repentant spamming.

Gobble, Gobble.

Dude, hit me with a comment!

Aaron Johnson said...

I agree with this blog post! GPT/PTC/PTS/PTV can cause lots of problems on Blogger itself. You have to be extremely careful when creating interesting and unique content. I always apply a rel="nofollow" to any of these links that pass page rank,--especially my link to my bandcamp website. Why don't they place a nofollow tag on these affiliate links, and implement a disclosure policy on their blogs in the first place?
Click fraud is not cool, and Google Ad Sense takes this problem seriously. PTC/GPT/PTV/PTS content is most likely to cause these blogs to be deleted. One paid link may result to Google penalties, such as being lowered in the Search Engine Results Page, for example: a site named Ric's Record Publishing Suite has relied on affiliate links,--all without adding a nofollow tag to them. Or inserting paid links on their posts on their blog,--trying to get rich quick. In my opinion. Affiliate Marketing has caused lots of problems to advertisers.
I rather add nofollow tags to these affiliate links on my blog, and place a disclosure policy page on my blog. Well, I've already implemented a disclosure policy page on my blog.

Chuck Croll said...

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for your thoughts!

Who is "they"? Blog owners won't add "nofollow" to the links, because the affiliate marketing spammers (and the website owners) don't want that. The idea of affiliate marketing spamming is to pass people (and search engines) from one website to another, driving up ad traffic, and search rep.

Blogger, OTOH, is not going to add "nofollow" to the links, because they can't reliably distinguish affiliate spam links with genuine affiliate networks (which is a legit application of websites), such that they can guarantee that they wouldn't interfere with affiliate networks, when going after affiliate marketing.

AT least, that's what I suspect. I don't pretend to know the mind of Google - because Google is not one corporation with 50,000 (whatever) employees, it's 50,000! corporations (Do you understand factorials?).

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2011/04/is-blog-that-uses-affiliate-networking.html