Standard Internet Corp. is a company that runs many pay-per-click advertising agencies on the web; www.allclicks.com, www.searchtraffic.com, www.bulkclicks.com, www.pokertraffic.com, and www.popuptraffic.com. The two web sites of theirs in particular that I had contracts with were www.allclicks.com and www.searchtraffic.com. My site, www.cdrip.com, was approved via online contract for both programs - searchtraffic back in feb 2000, and allclicks a month later in march. In July, I figured something was wrong when I still had not received payments, which had been accumulating via "stats" reporting. In July it was over 500 dollars for the 2 programs combined. I emailed them on repeated occasions but never once received any kind of reply. Then, I posted a message on their Bulletin Board (http://www.standardinternet.com/cgi-bin/ubb/Ultimate.cgi) asking what was wrong, why I hadn't received payment, and if my account could be looked into. An hour later, my message had been removed and my IP address banned from the Bulletin Board. Sounds suspicious? Finally, I gave them a telephone call and this is what I was told: "Your allclicks account was cancelled due to a breach in terms." I replied, "Well why was I not informed and my stats continually updated?" "Hey people make mistakes" was what "Mike", who I was talking to, stated. "Fine, well what about my Searchtraffic account", I replied. After a long pause he said "I can't seem to pull up your account, let me get your email address and I will email you once I do". I hung up, and after a week of waiting, still received no email. I have been doing some investigating recently and have found many, many people who have similar stories to mine. I would not be surprised if you have already received many complaints about Standard Internet. Here's a brief statement made by someone who contacted me: "I saw that you were branded as a cheater on AllClicks. Even though you don't cheat, they accuse you of cheating anyway and censor all your evidence and complaints. They keep making you think you are still ok by letting you accumulate money but then don't send the check. They give no effort to resolve anything. This is a big problem both in business practices and customer support."
Standard Internet will claim, if you contact them, that I broke their terms of service because my website, www.cdrip.com, is an illegal mp3 site. Why, then, was my site approved for their program, AND was told that my "mp3 site was ok because of my comprehensive disclaimer" (these are THEIR words) and I never received notification of cancellation? I have been doing business with online ad agencies for almost 2 years now, and this is by far the worst experience I have ever had. In fact, my web site is also sponsored by big name agencies such as Engage Media and the Doubleclick Network -but they don't seem to think there is anything wrong with my site. Plus, many of the people I have spoken too run non-mp3 sites and have the same story. This is how they work: Standard Internet runs a large web site, http://www.clickheretofind.com/, and all traffic from their "pay-per-click" programs is directed here. They make the pretense of "make money" by sending traffic to them via clicks (this is how clickheretofind is one of the highest traffic sites online), then as soon as you accumulate some money, they decide not to pay you. They don't even notify you of this -they let you keep sending them clicks so THEY can keep getting traffic, but then they never send a check. Please investigate this horrible company that is stealing money every day from small time web site owners. Their activities are highly illegal, and they do everything they can to cover their actions.
Thank you for your time and concern. Let's keep justice in this ever changing, and therefore easy to fraud, Internet commerce society.