Cookie stuffing is when a third-party cookie is attached to a website user without their knowledge. If the online user then visits the website linked to the third party cookie, the cookie stuffer will receive a commission. Cookie stuffing is actually very common and many key affiliate schemes such as Google AdSense do attached third party cookies to visitors who are viewing websites already serving their ads (although in most cases this does not lead to any commissions).
If you want to become a successful cookie stuffer, you will need to review the affiliate agreements you are signing up to carefully. Sometimes it is not enough that the user visits the website to generate you a commission. The user may have to complete at least two of the following actions in order for you to qualify for your commission:
- Open an account
- Make a purchase
- Sign up to a service
- Subscribe to an e-mail newsletter
Setting up Cookie Stuffing Schemes
You need to sign up to an appropriate affiliate program such as ClickBank. Then you would be provided with a link that you can promote throughout the Web. The more you spread this link around, the more chance you have of getting a qualifying transaction so use it on your own website, other relevant websites, social media platforms, e-mail, and more. The great thing with cookie stuffing is that, once the link has been stored on the visitor’s computer, when they next visit the relevant merchant’s website, even if they don’t click on your actual link, it will appear as if they have. This means you can make money from your affiliate link even if someone has not directly clicked on it. This can be a powerful way of making money through affiliate marketing and ensures that your link is out there earning you money 24/7, 365 days a year.