Is Entrecard Making A Joke On Us By Injecting CPC Ads Into Our Inbox?
I’m puzzled. Why? I can’t believe it can happen, but it is happening.
For the past 3 days, a blog without an Entrecard widget and which uses an image of a sexy girl, has been appearing on my drop inbox three times (3x) a day, the latest of which was November 29, 2009.
I was wondering because the blog has no EC widget but could still drop cards and appeared in my Drop Inbox 3x a day. How could that be? Is Entrecard making a joke on us by injecting CPC Ads into our drop inbox? Or is it a system glitch?
But the probability that it was a system glitch is nil. You see, the landing page of this blog goes to “Blog Production:Software” which is clearly a network marketing site and has a lot of CPC (cost per click) and CPA (cost per action) ads on it. See it for yourself. It’s URL is http://blogproduction.blogspot.com. (Sorry, no link from here, why should I give my link away?)
I checked the site out on Entrecard and it does not exist. You can check this out also. That is probably the reason why the site does not display an EC widget because it is not a member of Entrecard.
My puzzle was answered by coincidence today. While dropping cards this afternoon, I came across a post by BigDaddyRichard, the highly respected blogger behind the popular Traders’ Hub, titled “Is Entrecard Injecting CPC Ads Into Our Inbox?”
In his well-written post, Traders’ Hub was also very disturbed because the same ad of “Blog Production: Software” also appeared more than once in his drop inbox. Legitimate members of Entrecard can drop only once on any EC member’s site.
Traders’ Hub thinks that since the blog or ad of “Blog Production: Software” can appear in drop inbox more than once in a day, 3x in my case, it can only be done by EC Administrators or with their blessings.
The suspicious blog leads to this landing page which is a network marketing site:
As observed by Traders’ Hub:
“There are network marketers who are legitimate members of Entrecard. There is nothing wrong with that. They drop on your sites and we reciprocate the drops they make.
“But for a non-member’s link to appear on your inbox, and more than once at that…..something is terribly wrong. If this link is a cpc ad, then whoever placed the link must be making loads of money from the clicks made by unsuspecting EC members who merely wanted to reciprocate the drops made on them. If this is a cpa (cost per action) ad, then it is getting free advertising.
“And if any unsuspecting EC member happens to subscribe to any product or service in the landing page, then whoever placed that link will be making loads of money!”
In his brilliant post, Traders’ Hub also said:
“I am prepared to be banned by Entrecard because of this expose. Nevertheless, I am exhorting all Entrecarders to be vigilant against this scrupulous scheme and expose all Entrecards which are mere cpc ads!”
For now don’t click on this card when you see it on your inbox:
So, if you come across an ad in your drop inbox like the above, expose them yourself by making a blog post similar to this. Let us not allow this “scam” to continue at our expense!
- Is Entrecard Making A Joke On Us By Injecting CPC Ads Into Our … Search Engine
- Tweets that mention Is Entrecard Making A Joke On Us By Injecting CPC Ads Into Our Inbox? | Business Sphere -- Topsy.com