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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Blocking Cookies?
    Looks as if Firefox wants the block "3rd party cookies" -- wouldn't
    affiliate cookies be included in that blockage?

    How is this going to affect affiliate marketing?

    Firefox to begin blocking third-party cookies by default | PCWorld
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    Need more info. Article is vague at best.

    What is a 3rd party advertiser?

    Affiliate cookies are not set when you visit a site - that would be cookie stuffing. Therefore, nothing to block.

    Clicking on a link triggers the click on the network. The merchant site the visitor ends up on sets the cookie. It's that cookie that credits the affiliate for the sale.

    "Do Not Track" means "Do not track me after I leave your site". It does not mean no cookies allowed or "Do Not Track me while I'm still on your site". Safari and the Google is a different issue, the Google itself was ignoring the "Do Not Track" - which just happens to be the same cookie that GAN uses.

    Some statistics software are even confused. They aren't tracking any visitor activity - even on the site the visitor is on.

    Unless I'm misunderstanding...
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    I wonder if this will affect systems like viglink and skimlinks (VL/SL)

    I don't know if it is their cookie that gets you paid, or the merchant's cookie that is set via VL/SL.
    The internet is a fad.

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    ...and a Pirate's heart. Convergence's Avatar
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    It appears that if any cookie is dropped that does not belong to the domain name you are on, those would get blocked. User initiated clicks would not be blocked.

    Best that I can tell...
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    Yep, that one is linked to from the original article, and in this one there is a link to the creetor of said "patch"...
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    The Register (UK) writes interesting articles; what they say
    about this topic is similar to the above:

    Firefox to spit out third-party cookies ? The Register
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    I can't comment on viglink/skimlinks, but for us at Prosperent, we rely on the tracking at the network, and simply set a unique SID that we are able to use to credit affiliates for sales. As long as the network cookies are set, we are good to go as well. Since the cookies are being set on click, and since that click takes place on the networks domain, I don't see this being an issue for affiliates. We do set retargeting cookies, but again, that is on click, so the domain is ours at that point.

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    Linkshare posted an official response to Firefox 3rd party cookies issue in their sub-forum:

    http://www.abestweb.com/forums/rakut...lt-164109.html

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    Had actually seen the LS thread and was going to post it here but ya beat me to it teezone In case anyone didn't read it this kinda says it for them:
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    For Rakuten LinkShare this will not impact our affiliate marketing business because our tracking does not rely on third-party cookies.
    That's nice to know at least Still don't even know where GAN is regarding the Safari browser issue.

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