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I had a doubt and would like some clarificaiton on it.
Assuming I am an affiliate and have a website. Can another affiliate with the use of scumware take away:
1.the customres who are visting my website and from there proceeding to the client website during this transit
I have heard it is done but I am not sure if its true.
2. or is there any other way they do it.
3. If its true then how do I safeguard my website.
What you describe is definitely possible. My site has some examples, most recently at [benedelman.org...] . If there's anything there that's unclear, just send me an email (or post here), and I (or someone) will elaborate as needed.
I know some public-spirited affiliates who actively search out these scams and send documentation to interested merchants. I think that's great, and highly commendable.
A few merchants pay bounties. Find a cheater, get 50% of the commissions he would have earned. It's an interesting alternative revenue source.
And then a few other merchants hire outsiders as testers. (A very few hire me.)
All that's to say: The bad guys are getting caught. And when they do, payments to rule-following affiliates increase. Among the other implications, this means it's especially useful to choose your merchants carefully: It's better to promote merchants who don't do business with the rogue affiliates, because merchants with rogues will end up paying commissions to the rogues that should have gone to you.