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June 22 2011 @ 01:16 pm
Is LJ Stealing You Affilate Money?  

LiveJournal Accused Of Redirecting Links, Swiping Affiliate Fees

from the trust-issues dept

You may or may not remember, many years ago, that one of the "tricks" used by adware was to hijack affiliate fees. Basically, the way it would work is that the adware would watch where you were clicking, and if the URL was for an online store that had an affiliate program or affiliate link, the adware would swap in its own adware account info, allowing the adware company to collect the affiliate fees rather than the company/individual who actually earned it. Sneaky.

However, now there are some claims that popular blog/community site LiveJournal is doing the same thing itself. Shawn Tutt points us to a story claiming that LiveJournal is redirecting outbound links from users such that they appear to strip any affiliate codes and add LiveJournal's own affiliate codes to a long list of popular e-commerce sites. It's hard to think of a better way to piss off a bunch of your own users than to replace their own affiliate codes with your own. Once people started complaining about this, it looks like LiveJournal stripped out the code. Still, it does raise some really big trust questions about LiveJournal, if it thought this was a good idea in the first place.


According to a friend you can out-out here. I'm not sure if this will prevent your affiliate links from being hijacked but watch out for it.
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Annabellaannabella on June 22nd, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. I thought I had a virus again and was getting ready to start researching it. Stupid commercial crap.
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Piratessireesanwar on June 22nd, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Yeah LJ really sucks sometimes.
Ceciliecila81 on June 22nd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! I don't know what to think of that really. Thanks for the heads up! :)
Jill aka Jo: Muppets: Kermitsireesanwar on June 22nd, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking they are stealing. Now if they set it up so you got credit to your email or even got LJ credits for the links you use it would be one thing but the money is going into there pockets and that is stealing.