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Cookie Spreading

What is Cookie Spreading?

With Cookie Spreading (spreading Cookies) fake Cookies are deposited with visitors of websites. The fake Cookie overwrites Cookies from other affiliates. If the user actually buys from the Shop registered at Cookie, the commission is not credited to the original affiliate, but to the spreader (distributor) of the fake Cookies. The original affiliate is credited with the commission. In most cases, the Cookie spreader has not provided any service that led to the user’s purchase, such as providing an information page, an informed redirection of the visitor to Shop, or the creation of an affiliate banner. In these latter cases, a commission-eligible Cookie may be placed within the affiliate network.

Techniques from the Cookie spreading tutorial (not recommended)

The Cookie spreading as well as the Cookie dropping is one of the Blackhat Method of affiliate marketing and is classified as internet fraud. The Cookie spreading methods correspond to those of dropping Cookies: Without displaying advertising material or forwarding the visitor to the respective Shop, the Cookie spreaders set their fake Cookies.

Mostly on the visited side iframes (Javascript) are hidden, with which the false Cookie is set. In the process, several Cookies of various merchants can be placed with the visitor of the infected website. If the user later visits such a Shop and makes a purchase, the Cookie spreader receives a commission. In principle, Cookies may only be placed if the user has explicitly clicked on an advertising banner or an affiliate link. With Cookie spreading, however, the user does not know that a Cookie has been set.


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