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    OneCause: From URL overwriting to cookies overwriting, could someone confirm please?
    Hi,
    I saw the videos that are supposed to demonstrate overwriting of cookies of the affiliate that refers a buyer by the OneCause Toolbar. I want to make sure i understand what goes on behind the curtains. Can someone confirm or explain my understanding:

    1. The OneCause Toolbar 'changes' or 'overwrites' the URL that contained the original affiliate site ID with the linkshare siteID associated with OneCause?

    2. Then the merchant's server will read the siteID and think that this is a new linkshare affiliate siteID and will overwrite any cookie associated with the merchant's landing page? (will store the new siteID in the new cookies and associate with the merchant's landing page?)

    Is this what is happening?

    Also I have another question:

    1.Who does the actual writing of cookies, is it Linkshare or the Merchant? My impression is that in the case of Linkshare, only the Merchant does the writing of cookies in a buyer's machine?

    2. but how about CJ, does CJ do the writing of cookies in the buyer's machine as well as the Merchant?

    thank you very much for your help.

    -Malena

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    The networks and merchants do not overwrite the affiliate cookie.

    The toolbar on the customer's computer overwrites the affiliate cookie in the customer's computer before the click is sent to the network and the merchant.

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    The cookie originates from the tracking code from the network though. The merchant has coding on their site that reads the cookie set by the network tracking link.

    Whatever affiliate code was clicked on last is the code that the tracking pixel in the merchant site sees and gives the credit too.
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    can you explain this?
    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy
    The networks and merchants do not overwrite the affiliate cookie.

    The toolbar on the customer's computer overwrites the affiliate cookie in the customer's computer before the click is sent to the network and the merchant.
    Hi,

    in Haiko's video examples, the only thing that gets overwritten is the URL.
    The cookies on the buyer's machine are stored in a file inside the buyer's computer, I don't see anything being overwritten there.
    I know that the buyer's computer would send a cookie's stored information (in the http header) to a destination server (the Merchant's landing page in this case), ONLY if the cookie's "domain" value matches the destination's domain part of the URL. If the destination server (Merchant's server) recognizes the cookie, than it knows that this buyer came to the Merchant's landing page before. If the URL has a "siteID" at the end of the URL, the merchan'ts server would OVERWRITE the old cookie with with the new "siteID" info.

    So that is why I think that the overwriting of the cookie is done by the Merchant.

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    You aren't understanding what "overwriting the url" means. It means the shopper's existing cookie is being overwritten by the affiliate id in the new url.

    The merchant doesn't change the value that is stored in the cookie, it only reads what is there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    You aren't understanding what "overwriting the url" means. It means the shopper's existing cookie is being overwritten by the affiliate id in the new url.

    The merchant doesn't change the value that is stored in the cookie, it only reads what is there.
    A URL is the "http://...." address . A "cookie" is information that lives in a file in the shopper's computer that is placed there by a remote server (merchant or affiliate network). So I do not understand what you mean by "the shopper's existing cookie is being overwritten by the affiliate id in the new URL".

    Please see http://www.scribd.com/doc/8349715/Af...ical-Reference for a summary of how the cookies are used by affiliate networks.

    thank you

    -malena

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmesarina
    A URL is the "http://...." address . A "cookie" is information that lives in a file in the shopper's computer that is placed there by a remote server (merchant or affiliate network). So I do not understand what you mean by "the shopper's existing cookie is being overwritten by the affiliate id in the new URL".

    Please see http://www.scribd.com/doc/8349715/Af...ical-Reference for a summary of how the cookies are used by affiliate networks.

    thank you

    -malena
    I don't know who you are or why you are debating this, but I am very aware of how cookies and network tracking work. It appears that you are not, or you wouldn't be asking. Or in the asking are you trying to tell us that we are incorrect?

    The tracking url sets the cookie. The *last* clicked tracking url *overwrites any pre-existing cookie*.
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    ok wheres the kittens at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by snappy
    ok wheres the kittens at?
    The kitten is here I fixed the Flickr url...
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