May 2009

The Star reporter who failed Geography

Kuala Baram, Sabah

Dear Stephen Then,

Thank you for your report on the Kuala Baram haze issue. But Kuala Baram is part of Miri City, Sarawak, not Sabah.

Please kindly amend your geography knowledge. Thank you.

Yours truly,
Alex Allied.

Advertlets Scam

Update: Advertlets had finally paid me, with stories behind the scene.

If you’ve yet to receive payments from Advertlets, please write a blog post about it and include the URL in the comment box below. Please also state your unpaid amount. I’ll link you from under this post.

This is a high ranking post on Google search term of “Advertlets” and it attracts a good amount of attention. I’m hopeful that this will help those who’ve yet to receive their hard-earned money. Good luck!

Advertlets Scam
I’ve a very bad experience with Advertlets, their previous slogan “The better blog advertising network”, didn’t really suit their means. That’s why they’ve changed to their new slogan, “More Love for your Blogs and Brands”. If you’re really the better one, why would you change it in the first place? I’m not gonna start to compare Advertlets with Nuffnang here, this is not an issue with which company is better. Comparison do no justice, but just look at Advertlets payout ratio, the number of people who’re actually getting paid, you’ll see the real issue. A simple Google search on the “Advertlets not paying” will get you almost 2,000 unsatisfied publishers’/bloggers’ rant on their payout process.

I believe it’s not just me who’re being “scammed” of advertising revenues, but hundreds and maybe thousands of them. Let’s do a simple math. Let’s just estimate a small amount of the unsatisfied bloggers who’re not getting paid, to be around 200. Let’s take the minimum cashout quota of RM100 and multiply it with the 200 people.

RM200 x 100 = RM20,000.

That makes it RM20,000. Now, that’s just the estimation. Who knows how much money did Advertlets actually holds up in their wicked bank account? 2,000 unsatisfied bloggers? You do the math.

Advertlet’s RM100 Minimum Payout Quota

Advertlets set their minimum payout quota at RM100. So what? Are they really gonna be paying it? I bet you got fooled. Me, too! Bloggers work their heart out in giving Advertlets a good ad placements, all the work and codings go into account. Some even experiment different placements for better click through rate. After half a year, some lucky ones will reach the magic RM100 mark. For all the hard work and patience, you thought your cash out process would be swift and you can enjoy the fruits of your hard labor in a form of a cheque payment from Advertlets.

Truth is, you’ll get shit. Oh no, you don’t even get shits, cause they won’t even care to reply your enquiries for cashing out. They’re indirectly telling you, “You’re worth no shit to us”. So at this point, do you continue to display their ads? Or remove them?

If you remove them, there’s no way to retrieve that hard-earned RM100.
If you opt to stay with them, you’ve no guarantee that you’ll get paid.

I call it quit after RM125 worth of traffic and clicks.

No payout
Cashed out in January, 2009. Several inquiries sent. No reply whatsoever from Advertlets.

Below is an article on Advertlet’s support page, question “I have not received my earnings. What should I do?”

If you have not received your earnings 30-45 days from the end of the month which you cashed out, please contact us.

So I’ve contacted you, what next? I’ve contact you guys 5 times and I’ve got nothing. Not even a single reply.

For your information, you will be able to see several different status options of your Cashout Request. Please see the following for details.

The cashout request has just been received and action has not been taken yet.

The payment is being processed. If you see that the payment has been in Processing status for more than a month, please contact us. There may be outstanding issues with regards to your payment including: Full Payee Name not filled in, Incomplete Postal Address, or other factors such as a prolonged click fraud audit. It will usually take between 1-2 months to audit fully for click fraud – removing illegitimate earnings is a tedious process that takes a lot of human intervention and server log processing. Your earnings will only be audited if the amount of click fraud is not excessive. An excessive amount of click fraud will result in either that particular Cashout Request being denied or your account banned. Advertlets is disappointing in other ways. If you are looking at info for breast reconstruction surgery and medical information, you may want to see breast augmentation photos, but not pornographic images and Advertlets doesn’t always understand the difference between legitimate sponsors and non-legitimate ones.

The terms really freaks me out. How do I know if I’ve got click frauds? Let’s take an example.
I go about other people’s blog with Advertlet’s ads running. I sit there and click their ads 10-50 times a day, everyday for a month. So if you consider that as click fraud, then Advertlets, you’ll have a fucken big problem. No one’s gonna get paid in the end, but Advertlets themselves.

No one knows exactly how they define “excessive” click fraud, and you won’t get their server logs, too. It basically means, if I don’t like to pay you, I’ll just categorize you in the Click Fraud group. Done. Case closed.

The payment has already been sent by post and should reach you shortly. Let us know if it doesn’t reach you.

The cashout request has been denied due to a high amount of click fraud. A payment such as this will not be received as the system has automatically determined that the earnings present in that Cashout have been highly or occasionally, fully consisting of fraudulent earnings. If your cash out function has not been disabled, you are allowed to continue earning with Advertlets, however only legit future payments besides the Denied Payment will be sent. In most cases, you will only have 1 Cashout Request denied before being banned completely.

I’m not gonna waste my time over the click fraud system again. The statement I’ve made above clearly tells you how bad their payout system is.

Daily Earnings
This is my recent earning status. High impressions doesn’t guarantee high payouts. But that’s not the case with last year, where I only get one or two thousand impressions, but the payout is like RM1-RM2/day, which was good.

On 5/5/2009, I’ve got 5808 impressions, but 0 clicks. I get RM1.277.
On 27/5/2009, I’ve got 10356 impressions, 5 clicks. And I get RM0.539.

How can anyone justify that? I need an explanation from Advertlets. Maybe someone there has a green MBA, or any kind of business degree, and can explain this. But it seems that it might be too late.

Only a Handful of Loyal Bloggers get Paid

It’s true that they only serve bloggers who supports them and ONLY them. Blogger who’re better in traffic rankings. Meaning, they hand pick their favorite bloggers for the payout. For those who blog for fun and thinks that you’ll make some side income with Advertlets, stop dreaming. You might as well put on some Google ads and get better revenue with them, albeit the long wait, but at least they pay!

I’ve sent 5 enquiries through their so-called friendly Helpdesk requesting for the status of my payment. Until today, I haven’t got a single reply from them. Talking of respect, this is customer service at the rock bottom level.

Advertlets advertisers, Have you heard us?

HP, Nikon, Ruumz, Tourism Australia, and some government advertisers promoting Crime Free campaing. I really wonder why would Advertisers still be funding their ads campaign on Advertlets, when everyone is complaining about the payout problems. Haven’t they realize the failed system that Advertlets have? The non-existent payout system? How long can they survive with their scarce publishers/bloggers?

Advertisers, save your cash, advertise on Google or Facebook. More and more publishers/bloggers are taking down their Advertlets ads due to non-payment of their ads revenues. Are you part of their conspiracy that cheats us our hard-earned revenue? I hope you’re not.

Final Words

If you’re still dangling in around, swinging on the pendulum and still considering whether to go on displaying Advertlets’ ads or remove them for good, I hope this will be it. Please call it quit if you’ve yet to get payments from Advertlets.

I won’t stay with a company where the boss doesn’t pay for the 1 year work I’ve done. Will you?

Got something to tell Advertlets? Say it here!

Haven’t got your payment even though you’ve requested cash out months ago? Advertlets never reply your enquiries? Need attention from Advertlets?

All you need to do is make a blog post about the non-payment, plus the amount owed, and explain in details that painful process of waiting and expecting something that never comes. I’ll personally link you with your post title, displayed right under here!

You can also put this button up your blogs and spread the words. We want real actions and real payments from Advertlets!

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The Victims

Local Blog Advertising Network “Advertlets” Not Paying Up –
Do Not Trust Advertlets –
An Open Letter to Advertlets – The Fire in my Life
Screenshot of the denied RM500+ earnings – Sulaiman Sabur gave up his RM500+ earnings in Advertlets because they claimed he had click frauds.
Advertlets, where are my cheques? –
Stupid Questions Advertlets asks Publishers in a suspected “non”-Fraud Case – Webmaster Malaysia Discussion Board.
Advertising with Advertlets was just as bad – Larry Lim’s rants from an Advertiser’s perspective.

Put your links here! Just comment below. I’ll fetch and add in.

Facebook – Overhyped?

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Craig Ruttle/AP

While you Facebook users are busy updating statuses, sharing links, and photos, money is spinning at the back of the social network website and in the executive rooms. A Russian investment firm has offered to buy $200 million of preferred stock in Facebook at a $10 billion valuation.

Streamyx is No.1 Again! Whoa!

Congratulations to TM Streamyx once again for winning the Frost & Sullivan 2009 Broadband Service Provider of the Year award! The broadband service provider that ALL of us Malaysians love to the roots of our heart and spines.

I have to say, this should be the biggest news in Malaysia since my cat gave birth to a little kitten.

Cibai – Letter from Ah Beng to Microsoft

Cibai: An abstract interpretation-based static analyzer for modular analysis and verification of Java classes

Salute our most frequently used vulgar word since the early ages of Chinese immigrants to Malaysia, or maybe earlier. Who can trace the date the creation of the word?

Please give a standing ovation, and a around of applause to all Ah Bengs and Ah Lians who had been so vigorously and enthusiastically promoting the “Cibai” word for more than a century. I would say their effort has been paid off by the induction of the word “Cibai” in one of Microsoft’s Research project. The project was started back in 2007 but only until this day it’s been surfaced and discovered on the Internet by some Ah Bengs and Ah Lians.

Microsoft's Research project - Cibai

Ah Beng had asked me to forward this letter to Bill Gates, so here goes Mr. Gates…

Sibu Wah Tat Bank in HDR

Wah Tat Bank was the oldest bank in Sibu. Founded by Chew Geok Ling and his business partner, Teo Chong Loh. The business started with Wah Tat Money Exchange and Remittances which was the forerunner of Wah Tat Bank.

In 2001, Wah Tat Bank merged with Hong Leong Bank to form the Hong Leong Bank Berhad that you see today.

Sibu Wah Tat Bank Building. Click for larger view
The now defunct Sibu Wah Tat Bank building. Shot taken from the Sibu Tua Pek Kong temple’s pagoda. Click for larger view.

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