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you're down with PPP

Microsoft Research has come up with a new online ad payment model, pay-per-percentage (aka PPP) which they believe is less risky to advertisers than PPC (pay-per-click). The basic idea behind PPP is that the ads are randomly generated, ie. with some probability your ad will be displayed. (The amount you spend reflects this.)

I have some concerns about PPP. At several points in the paper, the author expresses the need for identifying good (nonfraudulent) traffic for the algorithms to work. One could argue that if you could identify nonfraudulent traffic that easily, you'd just use that instead of PPP. Another is that advertisers are primarily interested in the performance of their ads. If advertisers feel they aren't getting the proper amount of exposure, they may seek other alternatives. (Imagine someone paying for an ad to air during the Super Bowl, but there is some probability it will not air during the halftime show.)

As an aside, it's too bad this acronym conflicts with the widely used Point-to-Point Protocol.

BTW, ZDNet is reporting that Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes the "perfect economic solution" is to "let it happen." There have been arguments that as click fraud increases, advertisers correct for it by reducing their ad spend. So he's not wrong for saying this, but the comments may be interpreted (by investors) that Google may not have, or be able to design an effective solution. Investors may "correct" the price that GOOG trades for as a result, the same way that there was a selloff when Google CFO George Reyes implied that Google's business would slow.


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Jul. 10th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
I heard the most brief snippet (because I was wandering in and out of the bedroom) on NPR today about click fraud. It's a big topic... and I'd have had no clue if you hadn't posted about it here.

Bruce just nods and says "yeah, yeah..."
Jul. 11th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
I take it that Bruce thinks the marketplace will sort it out, or something like that. If I had not been closely involved with the issue, I might feel likewise (although I'd still wonder why Google didn't do more to provide advertisers tools and options to limit their exposure to click fraud when AdWords and AdSense were launched).

I remember there was a time when hardly anyone discussed click fraud online. Nowadays so many people are discussing it that I can't keep up with it.
Jul. 12th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Not so much that as his innate cynicism. He believed it was only a matter of time before such things would happen. He's also much into the whole idea that the laws are lagging very far behind technology, and that such things should probably be legislated against fraud. I'm not saying this well.
Jul. 10th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
Okay, "down with PPP" just made me chuckle out loud. It brought back memories of our eldest, at the age of 2 and change, dancing around the house singing "down with OPP." :-)
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