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    Don't advertise on searchXS.com

    Don't advertise on searchXS.com
    After checking my server logs, I only saw a lot of traffic coming from sites such as:
    tressian.com
    ukuug.com
    For your stats, these are unique visitors, but they aren't
    These sites don't exist

    Just to let you know
    Don't make my mistake (and the mistake lots of others did)


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    Disturbing if true...

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    Theres a website - UKuug.org - is that what it was???

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    No
    Not a single website of the whole list exist (I'm talking about hundreds of websites).
    I also didn't receive ANY referal from searchxs.com

    It's definately weird

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    Can you not contact them somehow to complain?

    If not, threaten them with a court case - its illegal to take your money for nothing.

    Also known as "fraud"

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    I've contacted them but they don't know anything of these sites ... so they say

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    hmm.. that's weird - if you received them through there site, and yet - they have never heard of them...

    Now that's weird, or there's something they aren't telling you - such as fake hits.

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    strange.... I am still getting sign ups
    Maybe if I can see him on-line I would talk to him about it too....
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    "I am still getting sign ups"

    They could just be from other sources.

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    Hummm.... well I have talked to him on-line but he disappeared shortly after I refered him to this post.....
    Hopeful I can get him again to clarify this
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    SeachXS.com was recently listed as for sale on Sitepoints forums.

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    Galacnet, do your server logs indicate that your visitors are coming from searchxs.com when you were/are listed under "top listings"
    I'm not talking about your button which obviously has a different tracking mechanism

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    Yes it did track that they were from SearchXS

    But there is one thing is there a way for your servers to be configured to record the outgoing domain? eg. Mask the actual domain and getting the server to record as the fake one??
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    I tried SearchXS also...Many of the IP's that were referred to me were one digit apart. None of the traffic showed up on my live chat software so I guessing the page never actually loaded and he was sending fake traffice my way.

    I'm pretty sure we got scammed.
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    humm...... disturbing... real disturbing indeed....
    Well if he is not on-line for a few days you would know that he is gone or if suddenly the domain disappears

    But then I wonder what is his side of the story? You know.... we could actually hunt him down if he is commiting fraud and he would know that.....
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    His account has already been disabled. I have already filed a complaint with paypal so hopefully his paypal account will be disabled so he can't do this anymore.
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    Yes account was disabled because of multiple accounts on WHT

    But as for PayPal.... do you think they would bother? This is more of the quality issue.... I don't think they would intervene unless its a fraud case....
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    He has ten days to respond to the complaint. If he does not respond Paypal will try to refund the money. If they are unable to take funds from his account to refund the money his account will be disabled until the refund is processed. So he has to respond or I get a refund or he gets his Paypal account disabled. If I don't get my money back at least he can't do this to others.
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    I see I will wait for a few day to see him on-line before I come to a conclusion then....

    Any other people having problems?
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    @ pronet
    I've also complained about this on PayPal, I hope we can be refunded

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    I hate to jump to conclusions but if we wait I fear it will be too late. If it isn't too late already. If he can explain himself to Paypal he can keep my money but I would urge others to file complaints. He was always available when he was taking my money. Where is he now?
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    hummm..... well.... there is a 30day time period for PayPal I think.... after someone files a complain they will temporary freeze it and wait for user confirmation.

    But he did disappear from MSN the minute I told him about this post.... humm... strange....
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    Got it
    You got MSN?
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    anyone have a link to his original post(s)?
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    I can't find it. I looked for it earlier. Maybe it was removed.
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    Dangit
    I did a load of advertising last month and not sure if he was one of them!
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    His post was in Other Offers and Requests on 4/29 or 4/28. I'm pretty sure it was 4/29 though. He was offering $2 text links on his site and then he changed the price to $5. I didn't post in the thread because I communicated with him through PM so I don't have a link back to the thread and I can't find it anywhere. It might be useful if he even bothers to contest my complaint. If anyone can find it pls post the link here.
    Thanks!
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    well whats his username

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    openXS if i did not remember wrongly
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    Tried that already. Doesn't come up when you search using his username. I guess it must have been deleted by the mods or something.
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    Well once you are disabled all your post are wiped out I think....

    Well.... It would be only $2 or $5 unless you are like me or some of the static link holders who pay more...
    Because a recredit by PayPal may mean that you get only about a few dollars to a few cents back
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    Anyone have the paypal name/addy?
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    Well once you are disabled all your post are wiped out I think....
    dont beleive this is correct as I see many accts disabled that the post are still around

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    humm... maybe there are different degrees of banding?

    Well this thread should be in the web discussion or "running a web business" section If its here it will be wacked to the bottom soon and not a lot of people will see it if its true...
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    probably bot hits that send into your stats, there are such method to make such traffic to be inserted into stats.

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    There is an actual website which you pay a subscription and it sends out blank hits.. In other words, like a bot visiting your website with different names..etc - Very cheap, I thinks it like $1 per 10,000 hits... Im not sure though...

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    really? do you have an URL that we can see?
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