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Discussion in 'Affiliate Marketing' started by essexboy, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. essexboy

    essexboy Active Member

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    How do cookies work?
    Would the following work? although i take it not allowed?

    If I went on amazon for example from a site of mine and therefore got a cookie created on my pc. If I then took that cookie and put it on another pc would I then get credited with sales generated from that second pc?
     
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  3. namealot United Kingdom

    namealot Well-Known Member

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    People are always trying to trick, con defraud whatever you like to call it affiliate, PPC etc, Its feasible there are exploits in software, bogus software and other tricks etc but the vast majority of (if not all of them) just end up with the person trying to do the conning getting conned themselves… If someone created a way to do so successfully without chance of being discovered do you think they would let anyone know ….?

    Your better of trying to create a site that list well, unique content etc than other ways
     
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    Even if you put that cookie on another PC, you would still have to pay with your bank details. Amazon would see this and render the commission invalid I believe.
     
  5. essexboy

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    I don't think you get what i mean.
    The reason i asked was I had a server engineer come in to my company and we got talking about affiliate websites and i explained how they worked.
    He said that he works at various companies every day and what would stop him dumping a cookie on each pc he worked on? He would then get commission if that person went onto the merchants site and bought something within the next 30 days. Each sale would come from different buyers. I couldn't answer that.
     
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    OK, yeah get you. Not very moral or practical.
     
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    namealot Well-Known Member

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    Many people have used and tried exploiting cookies etc its not that hard and you don’t need to physically go there either to get the cookie onto there machine…?

    People have tried this in universities, college’s, cyber cafes etc

    Things like evercookie, zombie cookies are one of the newer exploits and possibly if they are modified they could be created in such away may work indefinably but as quick as you create something someone cracks exploits it someone creates something new… and there is always a trail….
     
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    Well you went there...

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    I'm sure merchants would query why they were getting multiple sales from different locations with the same cookie - they are date stamped with the time so it's easy to identify in an affiliates account.
     
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    Now to redeem myself from my offtopic banter:

    Based on that, what if you edited the hosts file to make it load your affiliate link (which would 'set' the cookie) when they type in the retailers address - This is purely theoretical though :D
     
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