AffiliateWP – Fraud Prevention

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Updated on December 3, 2023
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License GPLv2+

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AffiliateWP’s Fraud Prevention addon is designed to help businesses protect their affiliate marketing programs from fraudulent activities. Fraud in affiliate marketing can significantly impact a company’s profits by increasing costs and reducing the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. This addon provides tools to identify and prevent fraudulent referrals and activities within the AffiliateWP platform.

Primary Functions

Flagging and Blocking Suspicious Activities

  • Detection and Response: The addon flags or blocks referrals suspected of being fraudulent. This proactive approach helps in identifying and mitigating fraudulent activities early in the process.
  • Management and Control: Users can manage their fraud settings directly from the AffiliateWP settings page, allowing for customization and control over how fraud detection operates within their affiliate program.

Specific Features

  1. Self-Referral Prevention: The addon enables the blocking, flagging, or allowing of visits and referrals made by an affiliate from their own account. This prevents affiliates from signing up just to use the commission as a discount on their own purchases.
  2. Website-Specific Rules: Affiliates are typically required to list the websites they will use to promote products. The addon can automatically approve, flag, or reject visits and referrals from unlisted websites, which might be spammy or untrustworthy.
  3. Conversion Rate Monitoring: Users can set an expected conversion rate range and flag affiliates whose referrals fall outside this range. This feature is crucial for identifying spam traffic (low conversion rates) and fraudulent referrals (unusually high conversion rates due to activities like credit card fraud).

Practical Use Cases

  • E-commerce Platforms: Online stores can use this addon to ensure that their affiliate marketing efforts are not undermined by fraudulent activities, thereby protecting their revenue and marketing investments.
  • Digital Product Vendors: For businesses selling digital products or services, the addon helps maintain the integrity of the affiliate program by ensuring that only legitimate referrals are rewarded.
  • Marketing Agencies: Agencies managing affiliate programs for clients can leverage this tool to provide a more secure and reliable service, enhancing their reputation and client trust.


The AffiliateWP Fraud Prevention addon is a valuable tool for businesses seeking to safeguard their affiliate marketing programs from fraudulent activities. Its features like self-referral prevention, website-specific rules, and conversion rate monitoring contribute to a more secure and efficient affiliate marketing environment