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Exploiting Hostgator

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by wealthy199, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. wealthy199

    wealthy199 BANNED BANNED

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    Here's a method of making money which some people may consider far beyond "Black Hat".
    It involves exploiting the Host Gator (hostgator.com) affiliate program and could make you as much money as you want depending on how much time you put into it.

    I'll outline the method in a simple step by step overview of what you are required to do.

    STEP 1 - The first step is to register as an affiliate at: hxxp://www.host*gator.com/affiliates.shtml

    STEP 2 - Once you have activated and set up your affiliate account, you are going to want to find some proxy software like TOR (torproject.org) which you will need to install and make sure it's working by going to something like:

    hxxp://www.what*ismyip.com

    STEP 3 - Go and sign up for multiple paypal accounts at paypal.com.

    STEP 4 - Now here's the part where it gets interesting. First of all you are going to want to clear your cookies. Once you have done that, enable TOR and go to hostgator through your own affiliate link which should look something like this:
    http://secure.hostgator.com/cgi-bin/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=wealthy199

    STEP 5 - Now click on web hosting, and order the "baby" plan. Go through all the steps required into you reach the part where you select the billing cycle. Select 3 months @ $29.85 and now you have the chance to enter a coupon.

    Here is where the whole plan falls into place. You should now enter the coupon code HGC25 which magically takes the price down to $19.95 for the three months of hosting.
    Now if you had read the page for the affiliate program at hostgator you will have realised that $50 which you earn in affiliate commissions for every sign up and $29.85 which is the cost of the hosting doesn't quite add up.
    This little mis-calculation that hostgator has done leaves it open for exploitation and is exactly what we are going to do. Exploit!

    Each time you sign up for a new hosting plan, you pay $29.85 and get $50. It's that simple.

    So why the three month hosting and not just one month? Because hostgator think they can catch out fraudsters by waiting 60 days before paying commissions.

    So now you know the method, here are a few tips for you.

    Firstly, I say you should sign up for multiple paypal account so that each time you sign up for hosting, you have a different account to pay with.
    Secondly, You should clear your cookies every time you do it and be sure to enable TOR just to make sure you don't get caught.

    Now I know this is a risky technique to even talk about, but I feel some people who really really really need the cash may benefit from it.
     
  2. xXKingdom_SEOXx

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    BRAVO! very neat! You are an idea machine my friend. Love it!
     
  3. mattm136

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    What about using the affiliate program they have through CJ?
     
  4. wealthy199

    wealthy199 BANNED BANNED

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    I just checked them out at CJ and they pay $100 per customer. I don't know what to believe, CJ or the Hostgator affiliate signup page.
     
  5. FitnessGeek

    FitnessGeek Registered Member

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    Interesting idea.
     
  6. markj

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    I don't know if using tor/privoxy would work. Seems too easy to track.
    If that worked then you could also do something much easier: just complete one page(email or zip) affiliate signups all day long. All you would have to do is
    *generate 100 emails
    *cliick your affiliate link located at your page: my-spam-page.some-free-host.com,
    *enter an email address and submit
    *confirm your email(if you need to)
    *Refresh proxy and repeat.
    That's all theory though. I think that the Affiliate network can tell when traffic is coming from proxies.
    Good luck to you.
    Wealthy199, Have you used this technique?
     
  7. wealthy199

    wealthy199 BANNED BANNED

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    I can understand where you're coming from markj, and perhaps TOR is not the best option for this seeing it refreshes your ip every time you change a page.

    Maybe if you used just one proxy ip it could work. Either that, or you could use a different computer all together.

    And no, at this point in time I have not yet used this teqnique as It is far too risky for my liking.
     
  8. zoolmah

    zoolmah Newbie

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    hi,man ..you must ask for hostgator carefully...first..do they Pay? if use coupon
    two..many webhosting company don't pay if U don't pay certain amount..
    i've tested hostgator ..only pay 1 cent with coupon and get 90$..but at last they don't pay...they want U pay more money..lol
     
  9. wealthy199

    wealthy199 BANNED BANNED

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    Do you mind rephrasing that?
     
  10. mattm136

    mattm136 Newbie

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    I did not even think about that. I have signed up for hosting accounts using my CJ link and coupon. Set the accounts up in my dad, mom and wifes name all with different cards. Did not get commissions and the only reason I can think of is due to the coupon.
     
  11. frequency

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    Props to you fine sir. Very good post.

    However making multiple Paypal accounts for this idea could get you into a whole world of trouble.

    Man, what a tantalizing idea my friend. Too bad it's 2007 and not 1997... Hahaha...
     
  12. paranoid1288

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    nice trick , but just like a gamble, u win you get good interest for your investment, you loose you have nothing except hosting :p
     
  13. frequency

    frequency BANNED BANNED

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    hahahaha, absolutely! Win win man! We used to use hacked CC#'s to register a geocities account with yahoo and get like the sickest yahoo hosting package available. It stayed up for the whole year. CC# lists were so abundant around 2001 and you could use them and get away with it! Easily! Proxies? Oh no, not needed. Get an astalavista premium account, send a leather jacket to the empty house next door... The good ol days...

    Not like today, oh no.
     
  14. turket

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    Very risky, I see a lot of people generating money then losing it come commission check time. Be careful with this one.

    It's the same idea for poker, you affiliate, they deposit $20, then they pay you $100 commissions. If no one rakes, you don't get paid.
     
  15. trumpinc2000

    trumpinc2000 Registered Member

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    Very Interesting Tactic. I will definately have to dig into this a little further and see if I can work this into my business model.

    Thanks.
     
  16. zoolmah

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    sorry to my poor english .i 'll do my best to improve it
    thanks!:)
     
  17. Flyboy

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    I know what you mean :) Still very, very profitable if done correctly through other methods though :cool:

    EDIT: BTW! All of you wondering about what to use to stay hidden.. the answer is different SOCKS + clear cookies every time you change.
     
  18. loudNRG

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    I'm new here but felt compelled to comment on this idea even though it may come across as self righteous.

    We all want to make money and that is understandable. We make a conscious decision to do things on the edge, blackhat style, and are accountable for both the rewards and the risks.

    This tactic however, is going too far. Exploiting any business in this manner is not my idea of blackhat.

    If someone knowingly exploits someone else and they take a financial loss as a result then it crosses the line.

    You can all think what you want on this, but to me there are better ways to make money...

    loudNRG
     
  19. milligan

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    Comment away loudNRG. Im on your page re this tactic. I woulndt use it but others will and may do alright out of it. I mentioned elsewhere that it is what you are comfortable with and if you cant sleep at night then you may be pushing a little too hard.

    Remember that some people think black hat SEO is immoral and dishonest, some may say illegal. Well I guess it depends on where you play the game. I make sure I stay on the legal side because I dont want to share a cell with Bubba.
     
  20. wealthy199

    wealthy199 BANNED BANNED

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    Thanks for all the feedback on this thread guys. It's really interesting listening to what everyone has to say.

    As I said in one of the posts above, using this technique is far too risky for my liking. I aggree completely with what milligan said, and I think it's up to you weather or not you feel comfortable exploiting another business.