Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while, but I should be getting back into the swing of things now, the split with my wife is getting easier and I’m not having to deal as much with that which is freeing my time back up! Anyways, I want to talk about Yahoo, this is more of a rant, what the heck type post so bare with me! I know, I’m putting you guys through a rant when I’ve just gotten back! 😛
As most of you know, the FTC is currently posting about grants going after people that are using Obama or Government Stimulus type offers, ads, and landing pages. I know what some of you are thinking…they have every right! Guess what? I agree 100%! I don’t agree with people that falsely promote offers, there are too many legit ways to make money in affiliate marketing that you don’t have to lie and cheat people!
However, I don’t agree with what Yahoo is doing and that’s the point of this post! I think it’s crazy and if I was a stock holder in the company I’d be throwing a hissy fit right about now!
Yahoo is currently just going through and deleting all grant ads and stuff in people’s Yahoo Search Marketing accounts. Now, I could understand if they were just deleting ads of people that are running Obama grant offers, or using Obama or government stimulus stuff in their ads, however, they are going after people that are running these grant offers 100% legit! They are doing it by the books, but Yahoo is telling these people that they are cleaning house and they’ll be releasing new guidelines for affiliates that are running grants and once they do then these legit guys can have their stuff re-looked at and turned back on!
This is happening to several affiliates that I know are running Grants 100% legit, not just one or two!
Okay Yahoo, so how do you not realize that this is backwards? Wouldn’t you think you’d release your new guidelines for grants, then give marketers say a week to make the changes and if they don’t then delete their stuff? That would make a lot more sense!
Now of course, I realize mistakes happen and while companies are cleaning out house they sometimes accidentally affect legit affiliates, however, this number is too big and it’s simply being overlooked when these people call in complaining about it! Yahoo reps are just telling people to resubmit their ads and they’ll look at them again.
Anyways, I think it’s ridiculous and honestly I just felt like getting it out there cause I know it’s happening to a ton of affiliates in the grant niche and I’m hoping…even if it’s a small chance…that some Yahoo rep that’s a little higher up reads this and checks into it!
Yahoo has done this before in other niches and they need to realize that they need to change it or people are going to stop using their system!
Have you been affected by the recent changes Yahoo has done with the grant niche?