A beautiful introduction
Well, this is down-right dirty, nasty stuff. I had an idea a while back how to skim some money from affiliates and I was surprised that nobody had thought of it before. After a bit of Googling, I of course found – it actually has been done before (: However, there’s not overly much written about it so I’m going to do a little bit of blogging on the subject.
Before you read this, if you’re one of those whiter than white, whitehats who thinks people shouldn’t even blog about blackhat stuff and you’re already desperately trying to open whatever linux based, environmentally friendly, open-source mail client it is you use to flame me, you should probably know that all you’ll achieve is you’ll make my laugh and I’ll probably post it for the world to see. (: Besides, my “ethics” behind this is if we make enough noise about blackhat techniques and lots of people use them, they will have to be fixed and the Internets will be a better place for all. It just so happens you can make filthy money in the process.
Here’s the coolest thing about this technique: It requires almost no technical knowledge and you can set it up in minutes.
Here’s the not-so-cool thing about this technique: If you have any morals or anything like that, you’re going to have to put them in a box for now. Throw the box in the river, then throw the river into space.
What’s the plan?
Dead simple: Earn affiliate commission that we’re not really meant to by giving people our cookie.
I can do this in 2 steps?
Yes, it’s dead easy:
Step 1: Sign up to every affiliate programme going. You can try the big ones like Amazon and Ebay, but generally you’ll have more luck going through an affiliate scheme that’s running though an affiliate network. The reasoning here is that Amazon, Ebay and all the big players run their own affiliate schemes directly. If you’re caught nicking pennies off them, you’ll probably get banned pretty quick (although I ran some pretty large tests doing this and never heard a so much as a peep from either of them).
Going through an affiliate network is a lot easier. Basically, if you’re stuffing all these cookies onto visitors computers, you’re making the affiliate network a bunch of cash. Guess what, they’re in business to make cash and they really aren’t going to bust your balls unless they have a merchant complain. If you read through most of the affiliate networks TOS, you normally find a clause like “If we ever actually get around to bothering to see why a particular affiliate is earnings thousands of pounds a week while we aren’t tracking any clicks, we’ll probably give you some type of slap on the wrist via e-mail. This is assuming we can move the cash out of the way of our gold-plated keyboards.”
Step 2: All we have to do now is take all of our referral URLs and stick them in a 1pixel (invisible) iframe on every webpage we have control over. The higher the traffic the better! Don’t have any high traffic websites? Ahh, c’mon! Generating traffic isn’t hard – make some linkbait and stick it the code on that page! Get 50,000 visitors from Digg, you think maybe Digg users shop online? Damn straight they do! Or have you considered hub sites that allow you to put your own HTML in?….
The possibilities are endless, anywhere you can stick an iframe, you can drop your 30-day cookie onto a machine. Did I mention it’s almost Christmas? I hear more people buy stuff online around now.
I’ll let you be creative with how you use this. Don’t shoot the messenger. ^_^
Like this article? Then subscribe to the feed!
Will It Make Money? Top 3 Considerations »
« Back From SMX London