[eBook] Decoding Paid Search Brand Bidding & Ad Hijacking: Protecting Your Brand and Earnings

In the dynamic realm of paid search advertising, brand bidding serves as a cornerstone strategy for businesses to secure prime real estate on search engine results pages (SERPs) and capture valuable leads. However, this landscape is not without its pitfalls, as bad actors engage in brand bidding and ad hijacking tactics that threaten to undermine the efforts and investments of legitimate advertisers.

Olivia Hull
Jun 20, 2024

[On-Demand Webinar] The Ugly Truth: Affiliate PPC Fraud

Affiliate PPC fraud is a growing problem plaguing every type of digital marketer across every vertical and often lurks undetected until significant damage has been done. This type of fraud involves bad-acting affiliates who use pay-per-click (PPC) advertising to siphon off unearned commissions from brands. The deceptive practices range from creating ads that mimic legitimate brand advertisements to using sophisticated techniques like masking referral links through multiple redirects. These ill-intended activities not only increase the cost per click for the brand but they also dilute the effectiveness of genuine affiliate marketing efforts. But the result is always the same: substantial financial drain and a skewed understanding of campaign performance.

David Igelsias
May 30, 2024

Online Brand Protection: How to Safeguard Your Digital Reputation

In today's digital age, your brand's online presence is more important than ever. With the internet becoming the go-to source for information, products, and services, your digital reputation can make or break your business. This article delves into the world of online brand protection and provides insights into how you can safeguard your digital reputation effectively.

Chloe Liang
Mar 13, 2024

The 13 Most Effective Ways to Protect Your Brand Online

The internet offers countless opportunities for exposure but also presents risks that can tarnish your brand's reputation. To ensure the safety and integrity of your brand, you must employ effective strategies that safeguard it from threats and misuse.

Olivia Hull
Mar 8, 2024

With Google's New Brand Restriction Tools, Publishers No Longer Have a "Good Excuse" for Brand Bidding

In the vast landscape of online marketing, affiliates play a crucial role in driving traffic and sales to businesses. However, there’s still an ongoing concern regarding  nefarious affiliates’ brand-bidding activity on the SERP. Namely, that some affiliates exploit Google's tools as an excuse for dubious tactics.

Olivia Hull
Oct 3, 2023

Why You Need a Brand Protection Solution for Your Online Ads

Paid search is a powerful tool for businesses to reach relevant audiences online. When used effectively, it can help businesses increase brand awareness, drive traffic to their website, and generate leads and sales. However, there is a dark side to paid search: bad actors can use your brand name to create fraudulent ads that can damage your brand's reputation and impact your bottom line.

Chrissy Kammerer
Aug 31, 2023

Guide to Affiliate Compliance: Techniques, Signs, & Strategies To Combat Affiliate Fraud

An Introduction to Affiliate Compliance

Affiliate marketing programs have the potential to add great value for a company, but a few competent scammers can quickly and vastly reduce their profitability. The technical sophistication of abusive affiliates often far outweighs the merchant’s reciprocal knowledge, allowing marketing fraud to run rampant.

This guide aims to provide extensive information about fraudulent affiliate tactics so that merchants can better understand how affiliate abuse operates, the impact of it on a company, and methods for detection and prevention. We hope that this guide can serve as a step towards an overall reduction in affiliate abuse by granting merchants a deeper understanding of the ways that unethical affiliates manipulate the system.

At BrandVerity, we provide merchants and affiliate managers with tools to detect online brand and trademark abuse. Two services, PoachMark and the Affiliate Watchlist, grant clients effective management tools for their affiliate programs by detecting affiliate abuse of paid search policies and creating a continually updated list of affiliate abusers. If you have any questions or are interested in partnering with BrandVerity, please contact us.

What Is Affiliate Policy Monitoring? 

Affiliate policy monitoring, or affiliate program monitoring, is the practice of proactive tracking and analysis of the activities affiliate partners engage in. This includes the monitoring of website content the affiliate writes, ad placements the affiliate bids on, and social media posts the affiliate makes. The goal of affiliate monitoring is to protect a brand's reputation and integrity while ensuring all affiliate partners are abiding by the rules.

Olivia Hull
Jul 13, 2023

Tips To Build a Successful Affiliate Marketing Program From the Start

An affiliate marketing program is a marketing strategy in which a brand partners with a third-party called publishers, or affiliates, to promote its products or services in exchange for a commission on sales.

Sam Larner
Jun 2, 2023

Online Brand Protection Strategy Tips for Search Results

In a recent webinar hosted by BrandVerity, David Iglesias, a seasoned professional from the sales team, delved into the strategies for safeguarding your brand on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP). This blog post will summarize the key online brand protection strategy tips from David's webinar, focusing on the prevalent tactics, examples of infringements, and recommendations for brand protection in the paid search landscape.

David Igelsias
Jun 1, 2023

6 Brand Protection Tips for Search Keyword Monitoring

When allocating spend to paid search campaigns, marketers expect to expand their reach and acquire new customers to justify a return on spend for the channel. However, a disadvantage of paid search is that the channel’s payment model is based on clicks—a structure that creates a low barrier for entry to digital fraudsters and contributes to $1.4B dollars lost to affiliate marketing fraud annually.

Katie Spurkeland
Mar 24, 2023
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