Spyware & Parasites

Unwanted Affiliate Behavior To Watch Out For

An affiliate program manager who is working on her affiliate program agreement wrote: I was looking through your site and the sample TOS you provide and came across paragraph 8.4. Two quick questions: Should we not allow our affiliates to have popups/popunders (even surveys)? Should we allow our affiliates to …

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5 Tools to Police Affiliates Violating Trademark Restrictions

Trademark violations happen in multiple forms, but the more frequent ones are: bidding on trademarks in paid search campaigns and registering domain names with merchant’s trademarks in them. Both of these methods yield fairly easy money to violating affiliates, and neither of these will ever stop. Also, just because you …

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How Blackhat SEO Manipulates Searches Using Google Trends

Ever wondered how exactly blackhat SEO works? My brother has forwarded me a link to an excellent video shot by Sophos, which shows how they are taking advantage of the hottest/trending topics (on Google and Bing). The eventual goal is to infect your computer with malware (and ultimately, get your …

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Walmart Affiliate Program Now Prohibits Parasitic Behaviors

One would think that it is common sense to have a separate section prohibiting parasitic affiliate behaviors in your affiliate program and your program agreement. However, even larger online merchants sometimes do not do so. First of all, this makes them significantly more vulnerable to rogue affiliates. Secondly, it makes …

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Affiliate Marketing Spammers — Disgrace to Industry

I personally hate it — can’t help but recall how just recently I was explaining to my daughter that “hate” is a very strong verb (and she should be careful how she uses it), but here I mean it — when “affiliate marketing” is used in conjunction with words like “spam” …

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Affiliates, Domain Names and Trademark Violations

It isn’t unusual to see the following affiliate paid search policy set out and enforced by a merchant: In the vast majority of cases the above PPC policy is one of those best practices that every affiliate program should implement. The reason is obvious: such affiliate activity adds no value …

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Parasite Alert: LinksAdor / GimmeBargains Adware

Both affiliates and merchants should be aware of this contextual adware application which is already acting as an affiliate in multiple affiliate programs. Here’s a screenshot of their information from Commission Junction (taken off their today’s application into an affiliate program): Why should you be concerned? Well, they are not …

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Kellie Stevens Publishes Two Free Public Adware Reports

Today Kellie Stevens of AffiliateFairPlay.com has published her first free public adware reports: The two reports that are already available are: (i) A report on AllFreeCoupons, a Firefox add-on which displays coupon/deal notifications when the visitor is on a website that may have such available, and also offers the website …

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Parasite Alert: DirectCPV / LoudMo Contextual Adware

Yesterday an important information has been posted by Kellie Stevens of Affiliate Fair Play in the 5StarAffiliatePrograms’ forum. Her alert is about a fairly newly created contextual adware that operates according to a model similar to Zango, Clicksor, or MediaTraffic. As an advertiser, you may buy traffic on DirectCPV.com which …

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Since When Has Typosquatting Become Acceptable?

Definitions first: lawyer Kelly M. Slavitt, in her Protecting Your Intellectual Property from Domain Name Typosquatters article, wrote: Cybersquatters register domain names based on a company’s trademarks and then attempt to extort payment from the actual trademark owner in exchange for returning use of the domain name… Typosquatters are a …

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