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    Hi,

    Is it possible for a merchant to program a link on his page to write multiple affiliate cookies at once (as if the user clicked on multiple affiliate links)?

    ie. Affiliate XYZ has a shoe department with 3 affiliate links. When a user clicks on the link to go into the shoe department, he programs the link to write a cookie for each of his 3 shoe merchants. Is this possible? Would the cookies be active and work as if the user clicked on the real affiliate link itself? (assuming the cookie doesn't expire)

    Do any affiliates do this and is this ok with the TOS?

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    I dunno, but do you have anyone in particular in mind? You seeing something peculiar out there?

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    deleted

    [This message was edited by heisje on October 25, 2002 at 04:05 PM.]

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    deleted because he deleted the post I responded too, lololol.

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    Full Member heisje's Avatar
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    indeed, you are right!
    this is why my post was deleted - confusing sometimes, is it not . .

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    Brian,

    Do you mean like code like ...

    <img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-911468-512020" border="0" width="1" height="1">
    <img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-911468-4048741" border="0" width="1" height="1">
    <img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-911468-4992712" border="0" width="1" height="1">
    <img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-911468-239712" border="0" width="1" height="1">
    <img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-911468-5702753" border="0" width="1" height="1">
    <img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-911468-818597" border="0" width="1" height="1">
    <img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-911468-58140" border="0" width="1" height="1">

    To set the cookies?

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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    If you mean me when you say I deleted my post is because I didn't disable the html the first time.

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    Image cookies do not track sales - only click cookies track sales.

    If you are forcing redirects to multiple advertisers from a single click in order to set cookies for more than one program, this would be in violation of the PSA and your account could be deactivated.

    This would also damage the EPC of advertisers' programs and the advertisers themselves would probably want to terminate you from their program.

    I recommend you get this idea out of your head.

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    ummm
    N/M starting typing something but had second thoughts

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    loose lips sink ships . . . .

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    Ummmm Todd... but it is ok to have a software program that automatically redirects other affiliate's links over to your affiliate link when clicked on...right?

    Connie Berg
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    Full Member heisje's Avatar
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    absolutely.
    true, & nothing wrong about it.


    write your own rules, force them on others, and then break them yourself at will.

    well, - things may work like that for a while, but wiser folks know that eventually such setups crumble with a bang.

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    Et tu Brutus?

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    Todd Crawford, CJ.com wrote:
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    If you are forcing redirects to multiple advertisers from a single click in order to set cookies for more than one program, this would be in violation of the PSA and your account could be deactivated.


    Connie Berg wrote:
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    Ummmm Todd... but it is ok to have a software program that automatically redirects other affiliate's links over to your affiliate link when clicked on...right?


    I think we should all look at this a bit closer. It's not OK to mess around with cookies in the one instance, but it's perfectly fine--in fact, ENCOURAGED to overwrite those same cookies in the other instance?

    This sounds like a major conflict to me.

    I wonder how CJ would feel if someone came up with a new download that overwrote all qksrv.com cookies with another network cookie?

    Andy

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    Sorry I've been very busy and i just remembered this post.

    Anyways, what I meant about my question is exactly what Todd wrote. Affiliates can potentially do multiple re-directs which are seamless to the user, but write multiple CJ cookies for multiple programs with one click. Todd, I am an advertiser only. And you are right, in most cases, I would not like an affiliate to do this, especially if it was with lots of untargeted traffic. The reason I asked is b/c I've seen a few affiliates in my time that sent hordes of traffic with no sales and no actual ads that I could find from their site. Thus, I was trying to figure out a logical explanation.

    I didn't realize I'd spark another conversation about parasites. As an advertiser, I do see a contradiction with the policy.

    Brian

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    quote:
    I wonder how CJ would feel if someone came up with a new download that overwrote all qksrv.com cookies with another network cookie?




    I think that's what it'd take for CJ to finally get out of the gutter on this issue.....

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    The CJ cookie would crumble ..."I wonder how CJ would feel if someone came up with a new download that overwrote all qksrv.com cookies with another network cookie?"

    Now let's not plant a seed for the parasite lurkers here. Imagine if the biggest offenders just started their own merchant network and triggered their software to read the merchant ID# on CJ -BF-LS links and swap them to their own network merchant IDs and sent the shopper ..none the wiser..to the merchant site. The the major networks would scratch their heads wondering why they get impressions -clicks but a huge drop off in sales. Sound familiar??

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