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    another dumb question
    Hi all,

    I am new to AM but am an old hand at asking dumb questions

    When publishing merchants links, flash, stores etc etc do the merchants link back to your site - do we get the benefit of a backlink automatically? - if not can you approach the merchant(s) and request a link to your site?

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    Mike

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    If the links you post should happen to generate a sale for the merchant, you get the benefit of a sales commission. That's what it's all about. Where in the world did the idea of a reciprocal backlink come from? Of course you could contact the merchants you are promoting and ask them for a backlink, but most likely all of them will be rather bewildered by the request.
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    David you would be surprised by the number of affiliates that ask for backlinks and the number of merchants that don't realize that is not only a bad idea, but is actually COUNTER productive.

    I always tell the merchants that tell me about this type of request:

    The affiliate sends YOU traffic, you do NOT send the affiliate traffic. They get paid to send YOU shoppers.
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    Sounds like newbie merchants lol
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    If you want reciprocal links from merchants, then you would get them by doing a link trade - an action that is separate from an affiliate-merchant agreement. There have been a few (and I can count them on one hand) cases where I traded links and was also invited to be an affiliate as well, thus generating commissions in addition to the trade. Most often, however, the link trade is without an affiliate agreement.
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