What is "cookie stuffing?"

by marcanthony 4 replies
I'm having a hard time understanding what "cookie stuffing" is.

Can anyone give me and A-B-C explanation of this practice?

I did a Google search but, I'm still a little confused.

Thank You!
#main internet marketing discussion forum #cookie stuffing
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  • Profile picture of the author jonparker83
    This is when you unwittingly visit a website that you don't intend to via another person's affiliate code. This usually happens when you visit a website and they open the other website in the background.

    If you then buy something from that site - they get credited with commission from the affiliate.
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    • Profile picture of the author jonparker83
      Just re-read my post and thought it could do with some clarification...

      Lets say that you visit a forum for ebay fanatics. The owner of this forum could be opening an ebay page in the background using his affiliate link.

      The cookie that ebay stores to detect if commission should be paid on any purchases is stored for seven days on your computer.

      If within that seven days you, or anyone else who visited that site buys something from ebay, then the forum owner would get the commission on it.

      Hope that made more sense with the example!!

      Cheers

      Jon
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      • Profile picture of the author Monetize
        It's black hat and should probably be avoided.
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      • Profile picture of the author marcanthony
        Originally Posted by jonparker83 View Post

        Just re-read my post and thought it could do with some clarification...

        Lets say that you visit a forum for ebay fanatics. The owner of this forum could be opening an ebay page in the background using his affiliate link.

        The cookie that ebay stores to detect if commission should be paid on any purchases is stored for seven days on your computer.

        If within that seven days you, or anyone else who visited that site buys something from ebay, then the forum owner would get the commission on it.

        Hope that made more sense with the example!!

        Cheers

        Jon
        I see...

        This was very confusing for me. I've heard the term mentioned a few times but I struggled with the definition.

        Thanks for the clarification.

        Peace
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