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Old 04-06-2011, 12:05 AM
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I've searched the forums but can't find an answer that makes sense to my feeble mind. So...

If I make a landing page on my own domain and use that for my CPV advertisement, and then someone clicks my ad and is taken directly to a merchant - without going to my site first, will the referrer be my domain or the CPV network?

I ask because I know that Commission Junction, ShareaSale et al.; don't like contextual traffic and I thought that by serving ads from my fake blog would help hide the fact that I'm using CPV.

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Old 04-06-2011, 05:06 AM
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Great question..
I also would like know the answer for this question..
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:35 AM
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Your referrer will be your site on some networks, not on others, but there are other ways that they can catch you. Basically, if you are trying to cookie stuff CJ, you are playing with fire. It can be done, but it is black hat and you should do so at the risk you will lose your commissions.

In the early days of CPV people were doing this and were getting booted and commissions withheld.
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Originally Posted by Bucklava View Post
I ask because I know that Commission Junction, ShareaSale et al.; don't like contextual traffic and I thought that by serving ads from my fake blog would help hide the fact that I'm using CPV.
Why not just run your contextual traffic with a network that has no issues with contextual traffic? This way you don't really have to worry about your referrer at all.... Also there are plenty of places out there that don't really love fake blogs either so I'm not sure that redirecting through one would always help your cause.
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Originally Posted by Bucklava View Post
I ask because I know that Commission Junction, ShareaSale et al.; don't like contextual traffic and I thought that by serving ads from my fake blog would help hide the fact that I'm using CPV.
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Another solution would be to reach out the the advertiser though their contact information. Often times this be be listed in the CJ interface in the same popup window where you generate your unique links etc.

If you get lucky you will have the name, email, phone ext. of the marketing manager right smack in your face. Even if all you get is an email address. Try emailing them to speak directly with the marketing manager and work out an agreement. Chances are you can get permission and not have to worry.
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