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Click Attack Prevention Enabled

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on July 9, 2010 at 9:27:06 AM
Over the past few weeks, we've notice many new click attacks. We've just enabled our own prevention routine to stop these from happening. If you notice anything different about the ads, please let us know.
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Server1 Hiccup Lastnight

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on December 24, 2009 at 10:29:05 AM
As Server1 was processing its log files, Apache segfaulted which happened at about 9AM UTC. Ads and shopping pages should have been up for the most part since Server2 was running without a problem. Apache is up and running again on Server1 and we're investigating the problem.
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Deals Page And RSS Coming Soon

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on December 4, 2009 at 11:54:27 PM
We're beginning to create a brand new section at ASE Adnet for bringing publishers the ability to bring the last deals and coupons to your readers. This section builds on the new Links that were added recently. We're interested in feedback on how you (the publisher) would like the deals page and/or RSS feed to function and what content to put in. A deals page will be able to bring extra traffic to your sites and provide a good bit of revenue as well. Since this new system builds on the Links system, it will be CPS. We plan on adding many more merchants for this new area at ASE Adnet.
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More Links Merchants Tomorrow

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 23, 2009 at 10:21:09 PM
We anticipate at least a couple of new merchants added to the new Links section (Ad CP -> Affiliate Links) along with some other minor updates. In addition, we'll be looking over the best way to provide hybrid product ads. Expected testing for hybrid ads will be next week for the staging area and will be an optional thing for each publisher.

A word about Links; most merchants allow the affiliate cookie to last for a month or so. Regardless if you make a sale on the first click out is not important. If the reader makes a purchase at a later date from your Link, you still get the credit. That's why giving readers more information about products before sending them to the merchant is important. Allow them to make good purchases and your revenue will flow in much more.

One more thing, we are eying another possible revenue stream that may include a feed to work well. We'll have more information as this progresses. We would love to hear your feedback, our email address is listed on the Ad CP page.
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Links Update

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 18, 2009 at 7:04:16 PM
We are pushing the release of Links till tomorrow (November 19, 2009). We're making sure we have everything right the first time but we expect a few requests and additions to be made. This new release will come with an Advertisement CP area to explain the differences between the traditional Adnet ads and the Links.
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Tracking Reports Have Filtering

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 15, 2009 at 1:22:54 PM
Another upgrade to the reporting features of ASE Adnet has arrived. The tracking report will now filter out bots and crawlers from the view and click data for the majority of known bots. We can't catch everything, but the view data should be more in-line with human only traffic. This will make the new revenue report more accurate as well.
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Revenue Reports Upgraded

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 14, 2009 at 11:57:23 PM
Based on much feedback, we've enhance the revenue report view considerably. The revenue report will pull view data from the tracking report (raw) to provide more detailed feedback on performance including eCPM and other factors. The report has more information to look at and also included updates for when ASE Adnet once again goes into the CPS/CPA markets to maximize revenue streams for our publishers. We're looking into ways to make you more money than just CPC so stay tuned.
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Backend Frontend Updates Tomorrow

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 13, 2009 at 12:23:57 AM
We're testing some new features to make publisher's lives easier. We'll be adding a new feature to the frontend to allow publishers to add global variables to all ads they have. The best use of this is for adding generic default keywords if the specific ad doesn't have any.

Along with that feature, we'll be doing some updates (code overhaul) to the backend to bring enhancements and fixes. We love hearing from publishers, your feedback is always welcome. Use the email address on the adcode page to send an email to us.
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CPS Updates Soon

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on August 9, 2009 at 12:19:50 PM
For publishers that want to try a new CPS (Cost Per Sale) system that may boost revenue over CPC ads due to taking into account the cost of the item, ASE Adnet is pleased to announce that this new system is being implemented soon.

You will see some additional information in reports for CPS revenue sources. Right now, since there are no CPS sources, these are just place holders until the new sources come out of development. They are coming soon...
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Backend Update Today

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on May 11, 2009 at 11:15:32 AM
A new update has hit the production area for the backend of ASE Adnet. This update was in staging for over a week without issues but if any publisher notices anything strange, do not hesitate to contact us. The major visible thing that this update does it to hide all the variables sent by ASE Adnet so no one can switch them around. Also, this takes care of old links that lose money from being expired. Older links will now redirect to the shopping page so the publisher can get credit instead of not making money at all.
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DNS Problems Caused By DDoS Attack

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on April 7, 2009 at 9:57:36 AM
From ThePlanet...

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We apologize for the delays in updating you regarding the problems.

We had a network problem with connections to our main nameservers. The nameservers were the target of a DDOS attack. All domain records were dropped as a result. This was causing problems for any domain using our name servers. This should be corrected now and you should be able to access your sites.

However, there may be a delay because of propagation time after the reload of the zone files. Please test your domains to see if they have fully propagated and caches at your ISP have updated.

If you have further problems, please feel free to update this trouble ticket with the domains affected.

Thank you for choosing The Planet,


DNS was not working for a couple of hours from 12AM EDT to around 3AM. This caused Adnet's servers to appear down when they were up and running.
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New Provider Is Live

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on March 21, 2009 at 10:02:59 AM
All ads have been updated to provide enhanced data from the new backend data provider. In addition to the new CPC provider, Storm is ready to be used as well. Storm ads can be generated in the normal Ad Code section. We are updating all the guides and creating new ones this weekend to give publishers information on what the changes are and how to use the new functionality. There is another update that will hit staging soon to provide enhanced data for the UK region as well.
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Teaser Update Tonight

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on March 16, 2009 at 11:21:34 AM
ASE Adnet will be rolling out an update to provide the new shopping page as well as a new delivery system for enhanced banner ads. This new delivery system is called ASE Adnet Storm (or Storm, for short). Storm will only show CPA ads and the new system will be using Amazon and provide a very good revenue share of 60% or more, depending on how many items are sold in each period. With Storm, ASE Adnet will be allowing all publishers to join and show ads from the Storm delivery system.

While the adgen will be updated to support Storm, it will not be available for use until the end of the week. This is just a teaser. Mid week will also usher in the new primary CPC provider.
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Big Update Tomorrow, March 13th - Updated

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on March 12, 2009 at 9:47:22 AM
Friday, the 13th, will bring a rather large update to the frontend and backend systems at ASE Adnet. We are moving the new primary CPC data provider into production and pushing out new shopping pages along with a host of other new features for ads. All guides on ASE Adnet will be rewritten and new guides will be added to explain new functionality.

We have example PHP pages as well that you can download to see how things work and even upload them to your own server for testing. This update was a month in the making.

Edit: Unfortunately, this update will have to wait till mid next week due to reporting glitches on the data provider side. We will have a teaser page up tomorrow to show off the quality of the new data, though.
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Shopping Page Change

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on March 8, 2009 at 2:49:48 PM
The new update to Adnet will usher in a new primary CPC provider and with that comes a whole host of changes. You can still retain your shopping pages by pointing the include to http://www.aseadnet.com/shoppingold.php instead of shopping.php. This can be changed on your include pages right now.

The new shopping pages are much more in-depth and provide a wealth of information to help people with their purchases. New guides will be released soon on how to integrate the shopping page onto your own domain.

The planned update should take place on Monday or Tuesday. There will be no changes needed for live ads. New features will be added for live ads soon that you will probably want to update them sooner or later.
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Content.ase.cc to content.aseadnet.com

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on March 6, 2009 at 1:33:32 PM
In addition to the new server, the main domain for ads will be switched from content.ase.cc to content.aseadnet.com. All current ads pointing to content.ase.cc will continue to work without issue.

ase.cc was being used to provide a smaller sized url and to leave out the term "adnet" in the domain, but ase.cc is now on adblocker's lists. When the new code is released on Monday, the adcode generator will be using content.aseadnet.com.

You can easily switch to using content.aseadnet.com right now, if you wish. The domains are aliased together.
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Content1 Move This Week

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on March 2, 2009 at 4:37:29 PM
There will be a complete server move of Server1 this week. Content1 (content1.ase.cc) is on Server1. The new server will be better, faster, and stronger.

There is no planned downtime for live ads. Before the move, DNS will be updated to point content1 over to Server2 so there will be no issues with ad serving. After all the testing on the new server is complete, DNS will be updated again to point content1 back to the new Server1.

Edit: The new server is undergoing testing right now. If everything checks out, the DNS switch will probably happen on Friday and the total switch on Saturday.
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Site Move Complete

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on March 2, 2009 at 1:46:19 PM
If you see this message, you have successfully reached the proper server for ASE Adnet. Data is currently being updated and there is no assumption of any reporting problem due to the site switch.
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Front End Switch Sunday March 1st, 2009

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:51:17 PM
ASE Adnet will be moving its front end to the primary Adnet server (dubbed, Server2) on Sunday. The front end portal will be offline for brief moments throughout the day and the data may not be current. The switch will NOT cause any disruption in the live ads. Revenue reports will be normal. Tracking reports may be slightly off on Sunday due to the switchover.

A notice will be posted at the start of the switch and the end. This is the first change to provide enhanced service to the publishers of ASE Adnet.

EDIT: This build up to the move took longer than expected, it will happen tomorrow (March 2nd). Sorry about the confusion.
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Targeting Update This Weekend

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on January 30, 2009 at 10:27:43 AM
There will be another round of targeting updates to increase revenue for publishers. If you notice any issues with your ads, please let us know by hitting the email address in the adcode section at the top.

Another issue that some people are noticing is that certain products don't show up in the ads even though they show up in the shopping pages. If this happens it is due to a category issue. The fastest way to fix this is to contact us and we'll send a ticket to fix the product alignment. We continually check for new products being put into wrong categories, but it is helpful to let us know your findings as well.

Edit: Monday will bring another round of targeting updates.
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Targeting Update Today

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on January 14, 2009 at 12:39:01 PM
Adnet will be undergoing a new targeting algorithm to (hopefully) improve revenue generation for all publishers. We will be shunning away from the CPA offers and moving back to the higher value CPC ones.
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Emergency Update

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 24, 2008 at 3:17:23 PM
There will be a critical update to fix a problem that has been happening with the US data provider. Certain merchants weren't paying for clicks, but don't worry, ASE Adnet was paying its publishers for all clicks sent. Adnet took the hit, not you.

We cannot continue this anymore and have identified the merchants responsible. They will not be shown anymore until they can start paying again. Ads might show a store or two less than normal since they are still being listed, but removed on Adnet's end.

This problem will be fixed by next week.
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Bad Keyed Clicks Rejected

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:46:44 PM
There will be an update tomorrow to fix an annoying thing that some "savvy" users are doing. What happens is they remove the tracking information from the links that ASE Adnet provides and you lose money. There is a checksum attached to the link to stop this from happening and log the error... it seems there are a few offenders that are modifying the links to make you lose money.

Have no fear, there will be an update soon to stop this and just redirect back to the original page so the invalid clicks will not be done. It isn't widespread, but it will plug a very annoying hole.
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Forum / Comments Coming Soon

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on November 3, 2008 at 11:35:42 AM
The ASE Adnet front end site will be brought in line with the latest codebase from the Version 4 development site. There are many new features that will be added to enhanced the CMS portion.

A forum will be added for publishers and to allow comments to be posted on the news/articles as well. There are a myriad of other improvements. My primary machine was upgraded to Kubuntu 8.10 which seems to have a regression in the Samba CIFS package. This bug is holding back development work for the time being.

As an aside: If you are using Kubuntu, stick with 8.04 for awhile.
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New Simple Ad Style

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on October 29, 2008 at 4:02:28 PM
To welcome in the new backend system, a new simple ad style has been added. It is a 600x250 sized single product ad. It has the unique ability of showing rating star images instead of a text based rating.

This is all done using CSS and there is new CSS classes to make this happen. The guides will be updated soon. Check out the new simple style.
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Roll Out Completed

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on October 28, 2008 at 9:55:00 PM
As expected, the roll out has been completed early. Oceania will now be shown CPC ads. There are a few new markets for CPC coming soon so please check this news area often.

There will be updates to the guides very soon.
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Half Rollout Tonight

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on October 28, 2008 at 1:27:29 PM
There will be a partial rollout of the new CPC market codebase to Server1 tonight. That means that half of your readers will be seeing the new codebase. No changes need to be done on your end.

In addition to the new code, we'll be updating the guides to creating and using the adcode since there are a few new features. There will be updates to the simple styles as well a day after the entire backend is updated.

If you notice problems, make sure to take a screenshot of the error. Everything helps.
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Australian CPC Coming This Week

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on October 26, 2008 at 1:14:16 PM
The Australian CPC update will be rolled out on the entire production network sometime this week. Be aware that you won't get nearly as good CPC as the North American market, but it is extra revenue that would have been otherwise lost. The additional markets are also coming soon and eventually no nonforced CPA publisher will have CPA ads.

This update also bring a few new goodies in general to the system. You'll be able to show your own rating images. More on that soon.

The next market after Australia should be the UK.
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Server2 Backend Update Tomorrow Night

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on September 28, 2008 at 8:44:17 PM
Tomorrow night at around 11:00PM EDT (or so), the Server2 backend will be updated to provide international ad sources to further improve the markets that Adnet can payout on. After the rollout is completed, the beta staging area will be once again updated for another CPA data source to test its feasibility for ASE Adnet's publishers. The new data source will be of a higher quality than the Ebay CPA that will be rolled out and will be available after extensive testing has been done.

I would also like to hint that international CPC product comparison is coming to ASE Adnet. It is my hope that ASE Adnet will be a one stop shop for all product comparisons for every region of the world. Now is really the time to jump on to get more people involved with ASE Adnet.

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Adcode Generator Updated

Poster: Aron Schatz
Posted on September 24, 2008 at 1:38:09 PM
The adcode generator has been updated to provide the base for the new CPA ad system. As you can see, there are many improvements. When the new ad system is updated on the backend, you'll be able to see what other countries see on your own site using the new smoke test feature.

As for now, the generator will only do the normal CPC ads. Once the backends are updated, everything will come together. Updating your adcode with the one provided by this new generator will ensure a better transition over to the new ads. There are some new geotargeting options to really help target ads.

This means that ASE Adnet will not be showing your alternative adcode since we can pay for all types of traffic. If you notice any problems using the new generator, please let me know.

I almost forgot... there is a new simple ad layout for 300x250 and it looks great. It is a single product unit, please check it out.
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