Another True Story : The Dirtiest Affiliate Marketer I’ve Ever Seen…

The fact is there are some people who like to take shortcuts in this World to get ahead and to benefit in some way .

I think we all have probably been guilty of this to a degree.

Some more than others.

But I would venture to guess many have not
taken shortcuts to the extent of this fellow.
I have talked about his Story before, but thought it was worth further discussion as it’s so fascinating and teaches us about human depravity and

greed  😉
So who is this Dirty Affiliate Marketer?
Shawn Hogan is the Founder of Digital Point, one of the biggest make money forums in the Universe.Over a period of 5 years or so ,Shawn made $28 million as an Ebay affiliate.Pretty damn impressive, huh ?Here is what is even more interesting…..

Shawn made this tremendous amount  of money by stuffing cookies into every single person who visited any of his websites.

So if you or I went to Shawn’s Site ,unbeknownst to us ,Shawn would automatically assign an Ebay Cookie onto our ID.

So when we left his Site and anytime down the road went and bought something at Ebay……..well Shawn would get an Affiliate commission.

The  implications of this were HUGE.

Shawn would get these astronomical Ebay Commission checks without sending them to Ebay through an Affiliate Link.

We are talking about hundreds and thousands of people going to Ebay , and Shawn got credit for them.

Mr. Hogan even had the gall to post on his blog that Ebay knew of this “covert”  operation and actually encouraged him to keep on sending the Traffic to their website with his method.

Well, the FBI got whiff of this and in conjunction with Ebay set up a Sting and nailed Mr. Hogan and another accomplice.

Hogan did hard time for this and  spent over 5 months in federal Prison.

Yikes 🙁

It goes to show that taking Shortcuts cannot only cost you money., but it can also cost you your freedom.

I have found that as an Internet and Affiliate Marketer myself, that in the long run standing by your Product and your Name is so important.

There is no question there are some “dirty players” out there.

So pick and choose the one’s you want to align yourself with.

The best,
Robert Andrew (a.k.a Email Marketing Nerd)

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