Starting April this year we have been dealing with an increasingly antagonistic individual who calls himself Neep. He initially contacted us about the fake popups displayed by our affiliates. Despite us promptly cutting all affiliates off Neep released a number of disparaging and misleading posts and youtube videos, demanded that we pay him 500 euros as his “bug bounty”, provided phone numbers in the forums that were encouraging harassment of employees of a call centre that provided support to our customers, and lately went out of his way to spread negative reviews about our software and even harass a reviewer of our software.
In the couple of weeks prior to April 8, 2020 we had seen a significant increase in downloads. This turned out to be a rather unfortunate consequence of some of the affiliates employing deceptive tactics to drive their traffic to our website. We have then decided to stop working with rogue affiliates. Here’s an update on how we’re dealing with this and other issues.
Outbyte had been working with affiliate networks who, in turn, contracted affiliates to drive traffic to publishers. The entire system was not transparent and we did not know who drives the traffic or the types of banners and web pages they used.
While it is usually a single bad apple among many good affiliates, we decided that our customers came first. As of April, 8 we had stopped working with all affiliate networks which were not 100% transparent about the affiliates that drive their traffic.