Friday, March 28, 2008

Legitimate advertiser or a phishing expedition?

As our numbers continue to climb, so do the requests to advertise for others. It remains our policy to not accept payment from anyone, at any time, for any reason, whatsoever. Sure, we might direct you to a link somewhere else, but no one pays us to do so.

Dear Mr. Zandberg,

We have reviewed your blog on behalf of one of our clients that is very interested in placing advertising with you.

Client profile: [deleted]
[web address deleted]
Theme: [deleted]

We'd like either a 150x150 button, 160x600 skyscraper or 468x60 full banner (or footer). Alternatively, we may be interested in text-only advertising.

This would be a weekly, monthly or yearly arrangement. In either case we will require a one time, one day (24 hours) free placement in order to test the quality and quantity of traffic your website can actually provide*. Within this interval, we will make a final determination, based on the traffic volume, quality, and your asking price. Should we find your terms acceptable, this trial day will count towards the agreed interval.

Kindly let us know if you would be interested, which arrangement best suits your editorial needs, and what rates you would like to charge. We prefer using PayPal but may be able to accommodate alternative payment methods.

Thank you.
[Name deleted]
[Contact information deleted]

*Please note that we employ software that reliably detects autoclick and autosurf bots, pay per click and paid to surf type traffic, and other such non-human traffic. This may be a concern for you, especially if you are buying "bulk traffic", or employing the services of dubious "SEO experts".


Anonymous said...

I think the "legitimate advertiser" mentioned above is probably the Edmonds School District--maybe Nick decided to compete with neighboring school districts after all!

Anonymous said...

Take the Pay Pal option--that way you see the money in your account immediately! (Maybe it's the Perkins Law Office!!)