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Affiliate parasite
how to detect the bloodsucker on my affiliate site?

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 4468 posted 8:59 am on Apr 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

refering to the subject, i am amaze to see my affiliate site that previously generate a steady income flow around $400 sales/mo is now generate $0 income for the whole month.

SE rankings are almost the same, floating around the 20-30 position, G Adsense page impression the same. the only hard part for me is my awstats had never been updated since 19 Apr.

my question is how can we detect whether the affiliate links are being 'parasite' or not?

thanks in advance for any guides or directions.



10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4468 posted 12:50 am on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi Tahiti

Unfortunately, as a site owner there is not a great deal you can do to protect your site..directly.

Parasites go after the promoted site not the affiliates sites as such, they prey on PPC, Organic SEO, paid listings the lot. It just happens that the affiliates suffer along with everyone else as they overwrite your tracking at the merchants end.

For example, say you promote merchant XYZ.com, a system like (deleted, no specifics please) targets their domain name and trademarks, not you links, therefore when a person clicks your link, and ends up on XYZ.com your tracking is hit at that momment....nothing to you can do to stop that.

Partial Solution : Don't promote merchants that work with parasitic marketing systems.

That stops some systems, however for (deleted) and others like them it's not going to stop all parasitic action, as you have other affiliates who use their PPC engine to still target the brand names and so forth. Then it's down to the Affiliate manager to spot and eliminate such people.

Certainly the first step is work with merchants who are parasite free.

Hope this was helpful.



[edited by: eljefe3 at 4:26 am (utc) on May 4, 2005]


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4468 posted 9:18 am on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Alternatively, there is a javascript that is available which detects the most common parasiteware/adware/spyware and warns users.

PM me for the URL (I don't think we can post url's)

You can edit the javascript code to redirect the user to a different site and not let them browse your site altogether, if parasiteware is detected on their PC. At least this way you know the people viewing your site are relatively clean.

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