(n.) (1) Adware is the common name used to describe software that is given to the user with advertisements embedded in the application. Adware is considered a legitimate alternative offered to consumers who do not wish to pay for software. There are many ad-supported programs, games or utilities that are distributed as adware (or freeware). Today we have a growing number of software developers who offer their goods as “sponsored” freeware (adware) until you pay to register. If you’re using legitimate adware, when you stop running the software, the ads should disappear, and you always have the option of disabling the ads by purchasing a registration key.
(2) Another use of the phrase adware is to describe a form of spyware that collects information about the user in order to display advertisements in the Web browser. Unfortunately, some applications that contain adware track your Internet surfing habits in order to serve ads related to you. When the adware becomes intrusive like this, then we move it into the spyware category and it then becomes something you should avoid for privacy and security reasons.
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In affiliate programs, the Webmaster or site owner who earns a revenue, usually commission-based, for conversion of leads, clicks or sales on the advertiser’s site. See “How Affiliate Marketing Works” in the “Did You Know…” section of
- affiliate agreement
In affiliate programs, it is the terms of service between the advertiser and the affiliate, which defines and governs the affiliate relationship. The affiliate agreement will specify what both parties are responsible for, payout terms and commission for conversions. Most affiliate programs will ask you to agree to the affiliate agreement before submitting your application […]
- affiliate link
In affiliate programs, it’s a special URL that contains the ID or username of the affiliate. This URL is used by the advertiser to track all traffic the affiliate sends to the advertiser’s site as a part of the affiliate program. See “How Affiliate Marketing Works” in the “Did You Know…” section of
- Affiliate Program
An automated marketing program where a Web advertiser or merchant recruits webmasters to place the merchant’s banner ads or buttons on their own Web site. Webmasters will receive a referral fee or commission from sales when the customer has clicked the affiliate link to get to the merchant’s Web site Web site to perform the […]
- affirmative consent
In e-mail marketing, affirmative consent is the request by a Web site reader to receive advertising or promotional information via e-mail newsletters through an opt-in form on the Web site.