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    I received an email from Genetree that suggested you add &afscrc=1 to your links. I've seen this mentioned on ABW in the past but I was curious if anyone has tried this and if so, did you see and results by making this change?

    Here is a snippet of the email from GeneTree.

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    If you redirect your affiliate links through META tags, .htaccess, or any other method, you will need to add a parameter to your links, so that the various adware applications will know not to pop up and take over your link.


    All you will have to do is add &afscrc=1 to the end of your affiliate links from Be Free, CJ, LinkShare, or Performics.


    According to the Code of Conduct, "This 'afsrc' parameter option is provided to address the case where affiliates modify or mask the links provided to them from the affiliate service providers and it becomes impossible to determine that they are affiliate links based on their appearance."



    Is it worth the time it will take to add this to all of my links?

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    I understand it only matters when you use redirects. In such cases, you are probably generating the links through a program and it doesn't take a lot of time.

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    quote:
    Originally posted by cdc:
    Is it worth the time it will take to add this to all of my links?


    Absolutely, If you do redirects you will need to append the code to your links to be in compliance as a publisher and if you don't technology downloads can freely overwrite your links without any recourse.
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    Thanks for responding guys. I know what I'll be doing for a while

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    One more question...

    Is it &afscrc=1
    or is it &afsrc=1

    I did some research and found it both ways

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    I'm only aware of afsrc like AFiliateSouRCe
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    Thanks...

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    So... in the typical CJ link you would change
    http://www.qksrv.net/click-XXXXXX-XXXXXXX
    to http://www.qksrv.net/click-XXXXXX-XXXXXXX&afsrc=1 ?!
    You would also need to make the same change in the "img src" part of the link right?

    I haven't used it before, but I want to try it out and see if it makes any difference. If it does make a significant difference then I am really going to be ticked off to think how much I've been getting ripped off.
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    Yes typically yes, but you ONLY need it if you are using redirects i.e. like using a jump.php type of program. If you just cut and paste from CJ, then it is totally redundant.

    You don't add it to image links
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    Removed.. Tj beat me to it

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    I am a bit confused, and it could be ovbvious - but when would you use a jump.php program, and what exactly would that redirect program do?

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    .. or not

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    I also am a bit confused
    Can someone give an example of a jump.php ?

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    Try this:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=affil...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    There are benefits and disadvantages. The biggest positive one I see is your own tracking of clicks.... and the negative one? Getting your link overwritten by parasites!

    [This message was edited by Tj on March 25, 2004 at 09:00 AM.]

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    Can someone explain to me how &afsrc=1 take into effect?

    Adsware can replace a URL with &afsrc=1 too, what make is so special. Then can replace anything, why they need to care about a &afsrc=1. And more worst, all people are using &afsrc=1 instead of a random parameter! What's good in it that I have missed?

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    The '&afsrc=1' append is only good if the parasiteware company has agreed it will honor the URL append.

    If they have not agreed to do so .. well, IMO .. they will still do the same tactics as they always have.

    However, isn't 'some protection' better than 'no protection'?

    In addition: Some tracking agents search the stored cookie file and seek the first cookie referrer and ignore the second referrer.
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    What is so special about the parameter 1 in the string or can it be replaced with another one that is more random. Does the parameter of 1 determine or mean something to these tracking softwares?
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    I suspect that the 1 just means true. Many scripts simply parse the query string and create variables out of the parameters in the query string. That is why the parameter has both a name and value.

    Programs would then check to see if the afsrc variable has a value. I would not use anything other than 1 as some program might have the code:

    if (afsrc == 1) {
    // protect this link
    } else {
    // infect host
    }

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    Is parasiteware ethical? LOL

    I would say

    if (afsrc == 1) {
    // make sure it is infected because it is definitely infectable
    } else {
    // check if it is infectable
    }

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    i apreciate the insight yintercept. Thanks!
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    Just a small tech question:

    we've been talking about appending &afsrc=1 - but shouldn't it really be ?afsrc=1

    You only use the & when you have a second and third variable, the first variable in a URL is separated from the address with a ? right?
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    Right, if you don't have a ? in the URL you are adding it to, then yes it would be ?afsrc=1 e.g http://somesite.com/page.php?afsrc=1

    If you already have a ? in the url then you need &afsrc=1 e.g. http://somesite.com/page.php?var1=99&var2=6&afsrc=1
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