This page shows specific network transmissions that implement 180's double-popup
cookie-stuffing, targeting a request for lillianvernon.com made at approximately
10am (Eastern) on October 7, 2004. See also a video (WMV
format, view in full-screen mode) confirming what took place, including
showing my Cookies folder before and after receiving the 180solutions popup.
The thumbnail at right shows the final on-screen display -- the lillianvernon.com
site, covered in part by the double popup that reached lillianvernon.com through
an affiliate link.
In this example, I sought to document how 180 (and its advertisers) can set
affiliate codes even when users merely type in a site's domain name (such that
affiliate commissions would not ordinarily be payable). My testing proceeded
in the following way:
I cleared my cookies, such that any cookies set on my PC were set in the
course of the testing shown in my video.
I browsed to lillianvernon.com.
Zango sent a request to 180solutions servers for an ad targeted at lillianvernon.com.
This request and response are shown in the HTTP log, below.
Zango opened the LinkShare link specified by the 180 targeting response.
I received a 180 pop-up for lilianvernon.com, reached through an affiliate
I viewed my cookies, observing that a linksynergy.com cookie had been created.
See cookie listing, below.
Consistent with the rest of my site, the network logs below omit my DUID (my
unique 180solutions user ID number) as well as the 180 affiliate publisher ID.
In my testing of October 2004, lillianvernon.com is but one of many merchants
that remain targeted by 180solutions double popups. Some targeted merchants
use affiliate networks; others run in-house affiliate programs. Some double
popups reach affiliate links through redirect servers, while others (including
this one) entail 180solutions sending users directly to an affiliate link via
no other intermediaries.
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