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Affiliate Marketers Earn Undeserving Commissions by Deploying Adware

Ben Edelman, an adware researcher, published his new report on September 30, 2008 saying that few affiliate marketers are employing adware to earn commissions on product sales they never made, as reported by bizreport on October 2, 2008.

Ben Edelman said that he conducted tests by accessing VistaPrint, a firm that provides internet graphic services to businesses and consumers, on PCs using adware programs. He said that in some cases, the adware produced pop-ups for VistaPrint after he systematically navigated them separately. In those instances, Edelman said, VistaPrint paid to the affiliate entities that bought adware-served ads.

As per the report, this should ring alarm to examine how affiliates deploying adware to cheat the marketer as well as harm the end-user.


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