how to report when a competitor plays dirty?

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Hi mates,
I have a brief question:
if you are an affiliate marketer and follow the rules of the advertiser, but see that your competitor does not follow the rules and plays dirty (it is to the advantage of your competitors which puts you at a disadvantage), how do you report?

1.Your AM should report?
2.You should report directly to the advertiser?

What would you tell the advertiser?


Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author svetod
    What do you mean by playing "dirty"? Does this mean that he is clicking on your ads or is not following the rules of the network?
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    • Profile picture of the author Vorenus
      Originally Posted by svetod View Post

      What do you mean by playing "dirty"? Does this mean that he is clicking on your ads or is not following the rules of the network?
      I mean using creative and landing pages that do not respect the guidelines of the advertiser

      thanks for your help
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  • Profile picture of the author svetod
    How do you know that your competitor works with your actual network and need to follow any rules? If he/she is violating any of Google Rules for example, they will not let him advertising. If you be more specific in your questions, I will be able to give you a better answer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vorenus
      Originally Posted by svetod View Post

      How do you know that your competitor works with your actual network and need to follow any rules? If he/she is violating any of Google Rules for example, they will not let him advertising. If you be more specific in your questions, I will be able to give you a better answer.
      I've shown my AM creative and landing pages of a publisher
      My AM told me that creative and landing pages do not respect the guidelines for this offer
      but my AM told me that he did not report anything

      then I think I should report it
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    Sounds like that is a violation of the advertiser guidelines so that is who should be made aware of the issue.

    I would proceed with a bit of caution and make sure of your details before you repoert anything. Double check!
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    • Profile picture of the author Vorenus
      Originally Posted by DWaters View Post

      Sounds like that is a violation of the advertiser guidelines so that is who should be made aware of the issue.

      I would proceed with a bit of caution and make sure of your details before you repoert anything. Double check!
      Yes, my AM told me that your creative and landing pages do not respect the guidelines of the advertiser.

      I thought he was going to report it to help me have less competition but he said he did not report anything.

      thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Ray
    Personally, I would report them.

    But if you are not sure or you don't want to come across as you are pointing them out you could always contact your rep and politely "ask" them if this is a acceptable type of advertisement.

    If they say no, then you have your answer and you "reported" them in the process. If they do allow it, then you still get your answer.

    But that way you were just asking a question, not finger pointing.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    If you really want to and they are with the same network, you could always let your AM know
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeFerguson
    I'd say talk to your AM about it but it sounds like you've already done that. If the AM sees no problem with it than I would assume what your 'competitor' is doing is within the terms and conditions. At that point there's not much you can do.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyGood
    In general that's why affiliate networks use our software as well to check if affiliates are compilant. Imho it's good way to report as guidelines are there for a reason and it's hard to outbid someone who doesn't play by the rules.

    Thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    Just move on and do whatever it takes to make $$$. Don't waste your time worrying about the other guy.
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  • Profile picture of the author CreativesLinda
    Originally Posted by Vorenus View Post

    Hi mates,
    I have a brief question:
    if you are an affiliate marketer and follow the rules of the advertiser, but see that your competitor does not follow the rules and plays dirty (it is to the advantage of your competitors which puts you at a disadvantage), how do you report?

    1.Your AM should report?
    2.You should report directly to the advertiser?

    What would you tell the advertiser?

    Thank you!
    Believe me, it doesn't do any good to report it. Previously, I reported people that were running non-incentive offers on incentive sites and it fell on deaf ears. The networks and advertisers were making money so that's what mattered. They didn't care and didn't want to hear it. I actually ended up having problems because I reported it. It just stinks when you're working so hard, and doing everything right, and following all the rules, then somebody comes along who doesn't do any of that and the money just keeps rolling in for them.
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