This little piggy went to the affiliate market

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Wire Fraud

Piggycoupons.com ranks in the top quarter million sites in the world and almost in the top 100k for the US (see Alexa). If you are an ordinary user looking for a coupon then you won’t notice anything out of the ordinary when browsing through this site. Piggycoupons is an affiliate that has an indirect relationship with a […]

On cutting out the middle man

I recently received a number of emails from readers asking me to provide more samples of abuse in Hostgator’s affiliate program. At the time I could not help but wonder to myself why the sudden interest, specifically from what seemed to be concerned Hostgator affiliates. Having discussed Hostgator a few times [1, 2, 3], we […]

Sneaky Affiliate Targets Multiple Merchants

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, Mad Monday

Travelpixel.com is ranked in the top 100,000 sites in the UK. From their About Us page: At TravelPixel we hand pick our deals by analysing individual sites one by one. The deals we select then go through our moderation checks to ensure they are valid, offer great value and are clearly displayed. So they hand pick their deals by […]

Cookie-stuffing Hostgator

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Adware, Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing, PPV, Wire Fraud

Take a look at the following Web site which belongs to a Hostgator affiliate: templatesresourcehosting.com. With an Alexa rank of 2,432,681, this site clearly offers no meaningful content, ergo they have no meaningful presence on the Web. So how is it that this site sets themselves up as a Hostgator affiliate, which may actually make […]

Edeals.com – Typosquatting

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Typosquatting

Visit this edeals.com page and you’ll see nothing out of the ordinary: a couple of coupons for softsurroundings.com coupled with a variety of other deals (travel and otherwise). Check out their page on Facebook (w/ 8,500+ likes): Ranked in the top 50,000 US sites, all indications would have us believe that edeals.com is a legitimate […]

Orbitz Typosquatter

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Mad Monday, Typosquatting

We have discussed typosquatting enough to know that it is most definitely not a solved problem. Today’s example brings nothing new to the table, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Type orbuitz.com (a fat-fingered typo of orbitz.com) into your browser and you will be redirected through to orbitz.com via an affiliate link (Google Affiliate Network pubid=21000000000018829). Since the […]

Bad ad on vivaprograms.com

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing

Vivaprograms.com (Alexa #4850) is Cookie-Stuffing their visitors. Load up their site, click on View->Source and scroll down to line #593: banner120x600.jpg is not an image. When the browser tries to retrieve this image it will be redirected through a number of servers (sample of the packet trace), eventually landing at hostgator.com via an affiliate link. […]

Cookie-stuffing Via barnesandnoble.com

If you are a legitimate Amazon affiliate, you stand absolutely no chance against today’s fraudster (he is probably stealing your commissions!). Having followed this fraudster for almost an entire year, I am of the opinion that he is laughing all the way to the bank when he receives his check from Amazon every month. Here’s what […]

An Oldie (but a goodie!)

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Affiliate Fraud, Cookie-Stuffing

Today’s fraudster is up to no good through methodsofhealing.com. Point your browser to this page and guess what, you won’t find anything wrong at all. So no forced click means no affiliate fraud and no problem, right? Wrong! Our fraudster is being sneaky because he has setup a demilitarized zone. Think of this as a proxy […]