Is Zango stealing affiliate commissions from adult webmasters?

Is Zango stealing affiliate commissions from adult webmasters?

Summary: It seems that Zango, formerly known as 180solutions, the company we all love to hate, has royally ticked off a bunch of adult webmasters. Paperghost, aka Chris Boyd, has the story, complete with links to forums where the adult webmasters discuss Zango allegedly stealing affiliate commissions.

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It seems that Zango, formerly known as 180solutions, the company we all love to hate, has royally ticked off a bunch of adult webmasters. Paperghost, aka Chris Boyd, has the story, complete with links to forums where the adult webmasters discuss Zango allegedly stealing affiliate commissions.  True?  I don't know, but considering some of Zango/180solutions' past questionable business practices, nothing would surprise me. Interestingly enough, Zango's blog has a very recent post about cookies, claiming that "Zango does not read, alter, modify or delete Web site or cookie content." and  stating “Zango… do[es] not alter, manipulate, or delete third-party affiliate referral tracking information.”

In Boyd's comments Dave Methvin of PCPitstop, explains what happens when affiliate cookies are overwritten and links to an article by Ben Edelman on "cookie stuffing".  Dave writes:

[...] here's how it works. Someone goes to Zango and buys a keyword and/or URL to generate an ad. When an infested user goes to a site or page with the keywords, Zango generates a popup window with the "ad" in it. However, the ad is actually a redirect to a URL with a parameter indicating this is a referral from an affiliate--the affiliate that bought the ad from Zango! It overwrites any other affiliate tracking code that the site was using.

It hasn't been that long ago that the CDT filed their complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about 180solutions and their practices. One would think Zango would be minding their Ps and Qs, but maybe not.

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  • I assume that when you say "adult"...

    ...you really mean "pornographic". I suspect that the vast majority of webmasters are over 18 (but you never know).

    The rule that the less reputable your business, the less likely you are to complain if somebody cheats you appears to apply.
    John L. Ries
    • Let's not be hypocritical

      Everyone wants to paint porn as "bad" or not "reputable". Well porn is a multi-BILLION $ a year business. Well it's not getting that way beause of a few perverts in raincoats at the local XXX shop putting quaters in a movie booth. Almost EVEYONE has watch a porn movie at least once and because they WANTED to see porn. Then many of these same people want to bash the industry and people in it that provided the very thing they wanted.

      My local cable company( Charter ) sells porn PPV movies. Somehow that's ok. Marriot has porn availabe in it's hotel rooms. Yet the guy running the local XXX store is a menace to society.

      Porn isn't any less reputable than say cigaretts and alcohol. They KILL people. Alcohol is actually considered a POSION. That's a scientific FACT. Cigarettes do nothing except give you cancer. Never heard of anyone getting cancer from porn. How many people go to casinos?
      Those companies are considered legit. How many lose their life savings at one of those casinos? Yet Las Vegas is glamourized as some great place to go to.

      A guy with the last name COORS can run for US Senator in Colorado even though his products has kill ten of thousands( if not more ) of people over the years. Yet watch out if some "evil pornogrpaher" were to ever run for office.
      BCF1968
      • Really sorta wonder..

        Did you read the actual story? It wasn't about porn being BAD - it was about how Zango is redirecting stuff from the porn websites. It has absolutely nothing to do with porn except as an example of websites that Zango is targeting.

        Mebbe you should try reading instead of just looking at the pictures..
        done@...
        • It must be a zen thing!

          You know, looking at pictures and (or not) reading takes two hands, if you are at your computer, thus, you'll miss the sound of one hand clapping, or is that slapping?
          Afthought
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  • RE: Is Zango stealing affiliate commissions from adult webmasters?

    If they are stealing, that's not good. The CDT should file complaint against them. To give lesson to the Zango.
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