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In CPA Marketing, what's theDifference between blanking and redirecting traffic source?

Discussion in 'CPA' started by blackhatcatz, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. blackhatcatz

    blackhatcatz Power Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I'm doing alot of cpa and I've recently just implemented masking my traffic. My question is, what's the big difference between blanking the referrer and masking the referrer in the eyes of CPA networks?
     
  2. spud--1

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    Hi, well blanking shows the affiliate maanger a blank referer which means they will have no idea where the lead came from.

    Masking or faking the referer means you are showing the referer as a different website to the one you have actually sent them from. i.e you have sent them from site A but the affiliate manager sees and thinks you have sent them from site B (the wh site).
     
  3. vmedia

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    which one will get more scrutiny from the manager?
     
  4. spud--1

    spud--1 Power Member

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    The blank one I would have thought, if you fake the referer and the affiliate manager sees a nice white hat site they will probably think, well nothing fishy going off here, if they see a bunch of blank referers they may suspect although not necsesarily.
     
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  5. blackhatcatz

    blackhatcatz Power Member

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    Thanks man, that's the answer i've been looking for. Yeah, i'm masking the referrer pretty safe. thanks for the info.
     
  6. mraxe

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    I have been using meta refresh.

    Can someone throw some light on how to mask etc.

    Codes will be much appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  7. gts6

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    the answer of which is better really could go either way, because while blank refers might raise suspicion, it also may not because many marketers use it to protect from people stealing their ways of generating traffic.

    a white hat looking landing page could also raise suspicion, because people are not that stupid. if you set up a silly little blog with 3 posts and a few banners and links and are getting thousands of hits and your site is listed at 111,999,999,999 in the search rankings, dont really expect people to believe something fishy isnt going on lol
     
  8. Whisker

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    Exactly, not necessarily. It depends how important you are to them.
     
  9. profsoandso

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    You can also set up a bunch of WH sites and spoof from an array. That way if there are thousands of hits, they're not all appearing to come from one source.
     
  10. havokb8

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    ya ive blanked my referrer for i dunno 750k earnings and never got a question about traffic sources
     
  11. spud--1

    spud--1 Power Member

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    Its funny this thread has come up actually as i have just received an email from a cpa company asking why have got a high conversion rate for some incent email submits that im running and asking to know my traffic source, now im not going to show them what it is :) but has anyone got an idea what i can reply with that sounds legit?

    Got to reply today really with a valid answer. I would have thought that with incent submits the conversion rate would have been pretty high anyway but they seem to want to know why?
     
  12. frenchboy

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    Holy SHIT!!!!!!!

    Do you have a plan for if they ask? What are you gonna tell them?? I plan on telling them I use Adwords and also I often buy huge amount of traffic for cheap and direct it to my (super crappy) blog. Which is the truth actually, I just can't imagine how they can believe so many people click on my ads.
     
  13. jayzee

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    you have the right to keep it anonymous, as lot of aff managers started to share the traffic generation methods and damaging the earnings of the marketers, its simple tell them you are a serious company and that you want to keep the traffic sources covered tell them that you have nothing to hide and that the leads will convert for the merchant, and if they dont you will gladly switch to other campaign
     
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  14. notset

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    and if i don´t blank neither mask traffic source, will i still receive a comissión or they cancel it automaticly?
    cos i have been buying traffic form mediatraffic and zango to my website that CStuffs visitors, and in the stats i only see clicks not leads, and i m sure that there are a big ammount of leads cos the traffic is highly targeted.
    guys, please help,
     
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  15. proxydude

    proxydude Registered Member

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    Is your traffic converting fairly well? Some CPA networks do not allow that type of traffic at all while others allow it on certain offers. Some networks require you get their consent and sign an addendum before you run that type of traffic.

    If you are using the url of the company/product that is actually paying the commissions as a target url you are probably going to get banned unless you cover your tracks somehow. Example, using eharmony.com as a target url for an eharmony offer.
     
  16. notset

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    dude thank u very much for ur responce,
    and yes i m using the url of the company as a target url :)
    they are auto canceling that commisions, right?
     
  17. proxydude

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    It wont be automatic. IF they catch you they will probably take some kind of action and will let you know. A lot of people do this and get by with it, you just need to cover your tracks as much as possible so they do not know where your traffic is coming from or what url you are targeting.