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11:23 am on Apr 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I wasn't sure where to post, so I apologize if I am -again- in the wrong forum.

I was wondering if we know/can tell, if ad blockers are also blocking affiliate tracking parameters ?

For example.

- With uBlock Orgin and Adblock Plus installed, but used separately.

- I am using affiliate links from Commission Junction, Amazon, and eBay Partners Network.

- I create myself an ad, hosting the image/text myself, and handling the redirection link through a PHP script.

- The display of this ad is never blocked.

- When I click on such ad, I correctly reach the target site. I thought uBlock Origin was blocking link redirects when they include particular domain names, especially from CJ, but it seems to work (?!).

But my question is, how can I tell if my affiliate tracking ID is passed correctly, or removed by the ad blockers ?

I tried to study the parameters in the URL's at the target site, with and without ad blockers active but I can't really tell what is what.

Thanks,
11:37 am on Apr 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Probably not the feedback you're looking for...

You may not know unless you buy a few products with each adblocker and see if your affiliate partners give you credit for the sale.
2:16 pm on Apr 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Or you can examine the cookies on your machine for the involved network/s and see that your (or another's) ID is attached. You may need to remove all cookies for the test account to see new cookies. If no purchase is completed there may be no indication. AdBlockers (like other cookie-swapping BHOs) would likely only swap IDs in the cart. You could follow this by using a Live Headers tool also. You can always make a purchase as keyplyr suggested, to see whether it tracks in the network and then cancel it .
11:13 pm on Apr 21, 2017 (gmt 0)

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for checking affiliate cookies, I use an older version of opera browser from portableapps.com .

I clear everything, go to the page with the link, click, and examine the cookies when the destination website is reached.

if I'm lucky, the affiliate code is identified by something like "referral=" or "affid="
10:28 am on Apr 22, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Thank you all for your answers !
 

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