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Widget stealing your Amazon revenue…

  • nopenope
    Member

    @nopenope

    Amazon Showcase WordPress Widget
    (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/amazon-showcase-wordpress-widget/)

    This widget is stealing 10% of your displays.

    From the source code:

    Author Note: My AssociateID will be automatically inserted 10% of the time. Feel free to disable this.
    */
    ...
    // 10% lovin'
    if (rand(1, 10) == 6) $associateId = 'subversionfor-20';

    It’s only in the code. If you don’t read it you will be unaware of it…

    Sneaky!

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  • futurix
    Member

    @futurix

    Wow! That’s pretty low, isn’t it?

    Rongo
    Member

    @rongo

    Is that even legal under Amazon’s affiliate terms of service agreement? I would assume this would fall under deceptive practices and would be cause for termination of the affiliate account of the plugin author.

    Thanks for posting this! I just set the code to “(rand(1, 10) == 0)”. This should never select the author’s ID.

    anotherperson
    Member

    @anotherperson

    I’ve been looking for a plugin that will allow one to post reviews of books, along with an image and a link to my Amazon Associates Account. The above plug-in doesn’t really do what I’m looking for and I finally got another one, WP-Amazon to work (it’s a bit quirky with WP 2.3.1). As I was working on it, I discovered that it appears to also steal sales! The particular file that appears to do this is called, wp-amazon.js and it includes the plug-in author’s Amazon Associate ID as well as, apparently, his Amazon Access Key. When I click on a link created by the plugin, it diplays his access key and not mine, even though I added my Associates ID in my blog’s settings.

    Are there any Amazon plug-ins that,

    1. Work?
    2. Don’t steal sales?

    >Are there any Amazon plug-ins that,

    1. Work?
    2. Don’t steal sales?

    That depends on where you want to display your ad. If you want to display ads at space between header and content or on the sidebar, you don’t need a plug-in. On the other hand, if you want to use an ad code such that the same ad will appear within individual articles, then you need a plug-in. Adman is one of them. I don’t know if it has any deceptive functions that users are not aware of. I certainly don’t want to accuse its developer of any wrongdoing, but there are reasons why some software titles are free.

    By the way, if any of you use an ad company called Blue Advertise, beware of it. They will display free ads from Ad Council and others and will pay you because they secretly bring a circle of friends.

    anotherperson
    Member

    @anotherperson

    Actually, I want to post a review in the body of an entry, not in the side bar. Any ideas?

    enemynews
    Member

    @enemynews

    I just noticed that about this plugin, too. I was looking to change the spacing on the book images and saw it. Thanks for the info on how to fix it pwagner3.

    anotherperson, my idea was to do something like your reviews as well. I also haven’t figured out a good way to do it.

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