Traffic Analysis – Commission Thieves

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Question: Jim,

I caught your article on Traffic Analysis but was unable to unearth methods of avoiding commission stealing.

Will a simple PHP redirect do the trick? I expect that the offending code changes the affiliate code in the downloaded HTML; doing a redirect off of a server would eliminate that problem if that is the case. Is this the silver bullet?

Jim’s Answer:

I’m not really a code-slinger, though sometimes I know enough to get me into trouble. You should check out the affiliate or webmaster discussion boards, they are full of tips and tricks, for example:

Scroll down to “ParasiteWare”


Jim Novo has nearly 20 years of experience using customer data to increase profits. He is co-author of The Guide to Web Analytics and author of Drilling Down:Turning Customer Data into Profits with a Spreadsheet. If you want more visitors to take action on your web site, try using the free conversion metrics calculator, downloadable here. If you need to sell more to customers while reducing marketing expenses, get the first nine chapters of the Drilling Down book free at http://www.drillingdownbook.com.

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