Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Google ads say PSA, redirect to DSA

Speaking of douche bags....

First of all special thanks to Eric Scheibeler for pointing it out, he saw a google ad saying "pyramid scheme alert" in many blogs, including mine and quixtar blog.

We all know PSA right?
Pyramid Scheme Alert. www.pyramidschemealert.org.

We know DSA as well. Direct Selling Association. Look at the board of directors. Word "Devos" is there right? Yup, owner family of Quixtar / Amway.

Now what is www.pyramidschemealert.com? It is redirecting to http://www.dsa.org/selling/pyramid.htm. Not only that, look at the google ads on my blog. Pyramid Scheme Alert.com. Here is the screen cap.

Who ownes this domain pyramidschemealert.com?

Seach "pyramidschemealert.com" here. http://www.allwhois.com
Registrant:
AMY ROBINSON
DIRECT SELLING ASSOCIATION
1275 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE NW STE. 800
WASHINGTON, DC US
20004

Registrar: NameSecure.com
Domain: PYRAMIDSCHEMEALERT.COM
Created on 04-14-2003
Expires on 04-14-2006

Administrative Contact:
AMY ROBINSON
Phone: 202-347-8866
E-mail: arobinson@dsa.org
Here is screen cap.

As we all know, Quixtar and folks use whatever it takes to silence the critics. Be it buying fake domains or google bombing. Don’t get me started on lawsuits. Running this google ad is not a fair play. I'll call it deception. The ad tells Pyramid Scheme Alert, a well known website, but redirects to DSA, another well known website. Doesn't it violate google ad contract?

Whatever, it's nothing else than misleading readers. Fair play would be DSA running their ads as Direct Selling Association. It's like coke running google ads saying drink milk and redirects to coke website. And of course, why else would they buy a domain Pyramid Scheme Alert.com? Could it be same as buying these? Well, pyramid scheme alert doesn't even have word "Quixtar" in its name. Or does it ;)

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