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    Affiliate Manager buyjewelry's Avatar
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    Question social bookmarking - leaks?
    I would love feedback by affiliates on this subject:
    Are links to social bookmarking sites, such as digg, considered leaks?

    Thanks.

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    I don't consider it a leak, have no problem with it whatsoever.

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    Thanks. Would this be the majority sentiment?

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    I agree, no leak. These can turn into possible backlinks for your site. I don't see anything wrong with them until some of the services listed become untrustworthy.

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    I don't believe you'll find a majority sentiment on leaks. They are many things to many people. I have considered adding bookmarking links for Wist, thisnext, kaboodle, etc, but have refrained.

    Couple of reasons.

    1.) The leak consideration from an affiliate standpoint. Especially if it's a social site that drops their own affiliate cookies.

    2.) The potential of forced clicks as a merchant. If a social bookmarking site drops a cookie because someone adds one of my products, I'm not sure I'm in agreement with that. (Although I haven't researched it thoroughly at all)

    3.) The leak as a merchant. Again, I haven't seen metrics on this, but I usually don't want to give a visitor to escape my product pages all that easily.

    It should be noted that I also haven't spent much time looking into those "Add this product to x social network" browser helper buttons. Lot's of things can happen on those kind of clicks too.
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    Noth,
    I don't think I understand your point #2 clearly. Social bookmarking sites drop their own affiliate cookies to merchant's websites?

    point #3 - That is a major cost/benefit that I am evaluating - does the worth of the site being linked out weigh the potential of the customer to return to the product page and complete a purchase.

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    Well, the word potential is there for a reason. I don't know that it happens, but there are both regulars and invisible readers of this site that could tell you.

    Anytime a click takes place, anywhere, the potential exists for a cookie to be set, or other data to be manipulated (Donuts understands this stuff way better than me).

    Most social bookmarking tags for product pages are done in javascript of some sort. I'd get it in writing that cookies aren't being set.

    I might be being overly paranoid, especially since two very smart posters already indicated that they have no problem with it, but I'm just giving my reasons as to why I haven't jumped on this yet.
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    thanks. I agree, I wouldn't consider it a leak either. I am curious about the cookie situation. Will have to test it out over the weekend.

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    I've never heard of those social bookmarking sites dropping affiliate cookies unless I missed something. That would be a big story.

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    Kaboodle I believe is an affiliate of some merchants. By no means am I accusing them of anything, but since I haven't researched it fully, I haven't used them.
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