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How can I cloak my referrer

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ZeroFury, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. ZeroFury

    ZeroFury Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I am doing a lot of CPA campaigns, and some of them don't allow brand name bidding on PPC traffic.
    Currently I am sending the traffic to one of my domains, that redirects to the affiliate link, but that doesn't seem to do the job.
    If you think you can help I would really appreciate any inputs.

    Thanks,

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    I wasn't sure which section to post this in.
     
  2. evilclown

    evilclown Senior Member

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    Using a tracking solution like propser202 witch has cloaking options.
     
  3. ZeroFury

    ZeroFury Newbie

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    I am not very technical when it comes down to stuff like this.
    Would a noob like me be able to set something up like that, or should I pay someone?
    Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. FJX

    FJX Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It's very easy. From your bidding campaign point it to a website.com/page.php. On that PHP file, make a CURL request and from there you can modify the headers (e.g 'Referrer', 'Location').

    Good luck.
     
  5. ZeroFury

    ZeroFury Newbie

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    Is there a guide on how to do this?
    I have been searching with no luck.
    Thanks for your reply
     
  6. dannyhw

    dannyhw Senior Member

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    Nah this doesn't work at all. I mean in theory you could create some kind of proxy deal so the whole process can be done with modified headers, but then it's all coming from your server IP. You'll probably only get one signup tracked, but worse than that you'll definitely get flagged, investigated for fraud and definitely terminated.

    The thing with redirects in the real sense of the word is you can either "blank" the referrer, where you set it up to land them on your CPA page without any referrer at all, or not suppress that and still have the search page show up. Blanking is an old favorite, but IMO that's another obvious red flag to raise. If you do volume an AM will probably contact you because they'll assume something like e-mail marketing and want to make sure you're using a legit opt-in list.

    There's probably a way to have an intermediate page where you redirect with Javascript somehow and pass the referrer as being your landing page. It would cost some extra time but probably not *too* much. I could look into a few methods and see how the headers turn out in different browsers.

    Can I ask what network you're trying to run this on? Even if you cloak your shit you always run the risk that the people running the in house ads for the company in question will see you're competing and tell the network to can you.
     
  7. SquirlyNutz

    SquirlyNutz Power Member

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    I used CPA-R back in the day and worked great. If you search the forum you will find it.
     
  8. FJX

    FJX Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I can tell you 100% that this will WORK everytime provided that you have the "fake" referrer on another hosted IP. PPC link > php with redirect/referer > location.php (on another server) >> offer.

    But you are right, you can never fool networks if they have some sort of "manual" checking on famous ad networks (assuming you are running on one of those - e.g Bing, Yahoo, Adwords, FB Ads, etc).