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Monetizing traffic
Posted by: rsnake
Date: August 20, 2006 06:45PM

I really think the web app sec community has not spent enough time thinking about ways to expose common web application tools to the web community. One of the things that came up was a recent post http://ha.ckers.org/blog/20060819/building-fake-search-engines-to-monetize-redirects/ but I am sure there are dozens of other ways to do this, beyond IP cloaking which feels very old to me.

One project I am working on is a better way to track robotic activity, but it's in a very pre-alpha stage at the moment.

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Re: Monetizing traffic
Posted by: rsnake
Date: September 17, 2006 01:32PM

FYI, I've gotten word that that exact tool has now been nearly completed (not by me). It'll be fun to see sites start to do this for real. Spoofing traffic from search engines can really help improve the click through rates to your sites and improve the potential for revenue.

- RSnake
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Re: Monetizing traffic
Posted by: Darksat
Date: December 09, 2006 01:35PM

Just wondering, where I can get this tool?

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Re: Monetizing traffic
Posted by: rsnake
Date: December 09, 2006 04:39PM

I'm not sure if it's open source/public. But it's not too difficult to build as long as you have access to the Google API and can construct the HTML to look just like Google. It would probably take an afternoon to write it.

- RSnake
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Re: Monetizing traffic
Posted by: asrail
Date: October 10, 2007 05:07AM

You gotta remember the different search results for different browser locales - if the user is russian and searches google, he probably sees other search results than the results your server gets, using the google api with a probably different locale.

btw: is the google api key attached to some sort of locale / is it possible to set a locale upon google Api requests?

You don't even need to rebuild the html code. Just let your server snatch the referring searchengine-URL sending a copy of the http headers of the user (agent/locale/etc) and then parse that result to replace all links with your own.

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