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Is this white hat or black hat?

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by geegel, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. geegel

    geegel Newbie

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    I think I have found a way to cloak a link and when the user clicks it he will get directed to example.com (instead of example.com/?id=affname) and you would still be able to claim the referral.

    As you might have guessed this involves the usage of the 101 method of cookie stuffing.

    Now I know that cookie stuffing is seen as a major break in the affiliate conduct, but its usage here would actually be legitimate. You're not stealing anyone's sale and you make the sale yourself (the user does click your link).

    My question is: Would the affiliate managers in general see it the same way, or if you would get caught you would get the boot?

    Regards, George

    P.S. This is my first post here on BHW. A big hello to all the people here.
     
  2. ximscreamingx

    ximscreamingx Power Member

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    This is white hat.

    Take for instance an email campaign where you have the real need to have shorter urls to not be considered spam.

    Just explain to your AM that their links are being reported as spam and you have to reduce their length.
     
  3. Mp3Mage

    Mp3Mage BANNED BANNED

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    This is why I love amazon affiliate. Post something on google with amazon, and have amazon.com as the link information. They still would have to click on the adwords link in order to reach that specific niche. =] so you would get something like amazon.com/56a7899duyatfgsdhblahblahblah anyways, It sounds like greyhat. I would use something like tinyurl, and a double meta refresh on the landing page. Just a suggestion from a newbie in training.

    :usa:
     
  4. geegel

    geegel Newbie

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    I think you misunderstood me. My strategy employs the delivery of the cookie while the visitor is on the redirect page through cookie stuffing and then pointing him to the main domain you promote. This would obfuscate your affiliate ID at all times (both the entering and the exit point).

    I hope this makes more sense.

    Regards, George
     
  5. shithappens

    shithappens Registered Member

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    Definitely speak to your AM in this case, and explain him the benefits. It is not something immoral, but maybe they got some objections.
     
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  6. ximscreamingx

    ximscreamingx Power Member

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    Then it would be a clever black hat tactic.

     
  7. geegel

    geegel Newbie

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    With the clever part I agree, with the black hat part not quite.

    I sent an e-mail as "shithappens" suggested. This is the response I received:

    Ladies and gentlemen we have a go :D

    Regards, George
     
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