The Yahoo Publisher Network may be testing the blocking of YPN contextual advertisements from serving in certain countries according to the accounts of some webmasters who are running YPN on their sites.
In what may be an attempt to curb International click fraud and spillover of intended US audience only advertisements, reports have come in from various webmasters that YPN is not serving ads to International visitors, specifically India.
Although the blocking of displaying YPN ads outside of the United States may attribute to a hefty drop in revenue for some publishers, the end result will be beneficial for Yahoo & its advertisers and this is something YPN should have developed when they decided to limit their YPN Beta to the US only market.
The blocking of YPN ads to some International visitors does seem to be a test, as reports are claiming significant drops in revenue and International users are able to see YPN some days, and not others.
This may be one of the first initiatives by Yahoo Search Marketing’s new ‘Click Fraud Czar’ Reggie Davis :
Davis will hire a dedicated staff to manage across all of Yahoo!’s cross-functional quality teams and ensure that customer input is integrated into all efforts to address click fraud, traffic quality, network placement and other marketplace quality issues. Davis and his team will also be responsible for increasing Yahoo!’s dialogue with advertisers and publishers on quality related matters.
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