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How to block referrals from Google Ads
How to block referrals from Google Ads
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Written by Emmet Gibney
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If you wish to prevent affiliate referrals coming from Google Ads you can add a short piece of JavaScript to your website to remove the cookie that gets placed for these referrals.

Simply add this JavaScript snippet below the Rewardful Tracking snippet in the <head> section of your website.

<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/js-cookie@3.0.5/dist/js.cookie.min.js"></script>

<script>
$(function(){
let referral_url = new URL(window.location.href);
if (referral_url.searchParams.has('gclid') && referral_url.searchParams.has('via')) {
setTimeout(function(){
Cookies.remove('rewardful.referral', { path: '/', domain: window.location.hostname })
console.log(Cookies.get('rewardful.referral'))
console.log("Deleted referral cookie as visit came from Google Ads (forbidden by Terms of Service)")
}, 2000)
}
});
</script>

If you do this it is also advisable to add a clause to your affiliate program's terms of service that makes it clear to your affiliates that this behaviour is prohibited.

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