This past weekend, I was just sitting down to a nice game of Batman Arkham City on the Xbox, when I log into the forum and see 20 post by this network that just joined, spamming the forum. Now, after deleting all his posts except one and doing the research below, I’m pretty sure Batman is dead and I’m not in a good mood.
A number of networks are active inside Aff Playbook. They are well established networks and contribute quality content to the forum. Then, we have other networks that join and try to leverage the forum to get a ton of new affiliates. These are usually shady networks, and really easy to spot.
This is the kind of research I would recommend doing on any network you’re thinking of running on.
First, without even looking, there are some things that should set off the alarm bells.
1) Never heard of them, and his forum signature said 500 direct offers.
2) Gyspsi (forum member) asked them to tell a little about who they were, etc. in their intro thread. Instead of doing that, the next time they log in, they go and make about 20 one sentence posts bumping all kinds of threads to get their signature noticed.
So, let’s dig a little deeper. This should be done on any network you’re thinking of running on…especially newer ones.
1) Check the whois
Hmm ok registered Feb 6 2013 (2.5 months ago), nobody’s heard of you, yet you have 500 direct offers and pay weekly? Notice also that the whois is private.
2) Check the website (duh) http://guardianads.com/
No people/names listed there. Check the contact page http://guardianads.com/contact.php notice the address on the right? Take that and search Google: 1200 Brickell Avenue Miami, Florida 33131
First result: http://www.davincivirtual.com/loc/us…s/facility-905 Virtual Florida office – these are pros we’re dealing with here!
We could stop there, but why when were having so much fun!?
3) I wonder who they host with?
Hostgator shared. I know most big networks run on Hostgator shared hosting so this must be legit More proof it’s a shared hosting plan:
4) Check Odigger
http://odigger.com/guardianads/ 7 positive reviews in the last few days lol
Keep going? I hoped you’d say yes!!
5) Search Google – allintext: guardianads.com
Check out this result on page 2 http://emillionforum.com/Thread-land…esign-services
Notice anything weird in that list? How about this:
That’s kind of an odd coincidence. It doesn’t prove anything, but it’s kinda funny.
6) Another result http://www.startups.co/users/mauricio-arroyave
We have a name now, let’s dig around. Searching that name in Facebook brought up a suggested search with his name + silverbee marketing
Also just for fun: https://www.facebook.com/GuardianAds
7) Now let’s search Google for “Mauricio Arroyave silverbee”
One of the results: http://www.empowernetwork.com/blog-s…p?id=silverbee
I won’t get into the empower network here, but it’s a scam. Feel free to Google it.
But wait, there’s more!
This dude made $2975 in 30 days!
Ok, that’s enough fun for one Saturday night. The point here is to do your research on any network before joining them. I’ll always tell you if I see a network pop up that’s shady, or I have a good reason to stay away from one that’s established.