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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.
If you want to know more about it, just search for 'parasiteware' in your favourite search engine.
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.