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Do-not-track feature soon to come in browsers?

faradina
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Do-not-track feature soon to come in browsers?

Hi All,

I just came across this news today and I am concerned abut the impact that it will have on affiliate marketers like us who rely on tracking features to record our referrals.

You can read about it here.

I just hope that the merchants and affiliate networks are already busy coming up with a solution.
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stefan1601
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So is this means a lot of data won't be accurate anymore (like they're accurate now..), including data from google kwtool and analytics?
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faradina
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To tell you the truth I had not even started thinking of keyword search counts and website statistics yet. I had been focusing on affiliate referral tracking.
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jjperkins
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Hmm, and I hadn't thought about affiliate tracking!

My initial thought was that it wouldn't be a big issue as so few people are likely to use the facility.
But if it affects affiliate tracking then even a small percentage could be a problem, especially in niches such as IM where more people are likely to savvy to the use of it.
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sirmatts
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In this specific Matter I can actually accept both options. However you should maybe not argue against the arm that feeds you :)

With my affiliate Hat on its gonna be tough to not be able to track.

If I would not be involved with any online marketing just a standard user, I would not see why someone else would have the "rights" to track my browser activities. In this case I think it all boils down to on what side you are operating.
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captain
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The main thing to track is sale conversion, and that you will allways have access too. So get good at driving traffic and converting that traffic with a good valye product, and you should be all fine
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cecille.l
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I am using Firefox 4 and the do not track option is included as part of their advanced security feature. It does not come enabled when you download the browser though, so unless the average user goes through documentation before using the browser, they will not know to turn the feature on. This is not to belittle the average internet user, but Mozilla seems to have made it a user preference and the default being the do not track feature is disabled. Unless the user turns this feature on, then their keyword searches and online behavior remains trackable.
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fastnobull
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I didn't know that it wasn't on by default! I should really check out Firefox 4 soon actually. The only reason I haven't upgraded is because I'm really liking what I'm seeing with Chrome.
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ineedq
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Thats a scary thought.
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