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  1. #1
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    I've hear alot about affiliates having a high click through rate with low sales or their own scripted reports not being the same as merchant provided reports.

    What happens when you have a large store - say petsmart.com and they sell doggie biscuits. I'm a person really into doggie biscuits (for me and my doggie). So, I have all my favorite bookmarks that deal with doggie biscuits. On Jan 1 I go to joesbiscuits.com and as an affiliate they send me to petsmart.com. Unknown to me I get a cookie on my pc that lasts 30 days that identifies my origination to petsmart.com from joesbiscuits.com. A week later if find my perfect site called doggiebiscuits.com. They too are an affiliate with petsmart.com and I buy my buiscuits from them. Who gets the credit for my purchase?

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    SaddleGuy,

    Welcome! <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/smilies/welcome.gif>

    doggiebiscuits.com (the affiliate who sends the visitor reullting in a sale) gets the credit for the sale.

    Haiko

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    Haiko - thanks for the reply.

    What use is the cookie then? What if the customer a week later went directly to petsmart.com and bought more biscuits? Then two days later found a new favorite site called peoplebiscuits.com that was an affiliate with petsmart.com and bought more biscuits?

    Timeline:
    Jan 1 - joebiscuits.com -> petsmart.com
    Jan 7 - doggiebiscuits.com -> petsmart.com (purchase)
    Jan 14 - petsmart.com (purchase)
    Jan 16 - peoplebiscuits.com - petsmart.com (purchase)

    I don't mean to be a pain - I just don't fully understand the logic of the 30 day cookie as it applies to who gets credit.

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    SaddleGuy,

    No Worries!

    The Rule of Cookies is whoever lastly sent the visitor and they bought gets paid.

    So in your newest example ... peoplebiscuits would get the commission.

    There is a lot to be said for Ad Copy!

    If it was the 29th Day and the visitor did not go to either peoplebiscuits or doggiebiscuits then joesbiscuits would be credited for the sale.

    Haiko

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    Or in your example,

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Timeline:
    Jan 1 - joebiscuits.com -> petsmart.com
    Jan 7 - doggiebiscuits.com -> petsmart.com (purchase)
    Jan 14 - petsmart.com (purchase)
    Jan 16 - peoplebiscuits.com - petsmart.com (purchase)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Timeline:
    Jan 1 - joebiscuits.com -> petsmart.com
    Jan 7 - doggiebiscuits.com -> petsmart.com (purchase) doggiebiscuits gets this sale
    Jan 14 - petsmart.com (purchase)doggiebiscuits gets this sale
    Jan 16 - peoplebiscuits.com - petsmart.com (purchase)peoplebiscuits gets this sale

    That's if the tracking is working right, whenu doesn't steal the sale, and a whole host of other things happen just right.

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    The benefit of cookies is if you go to joebiscuits.com who refers you to petsmart.com

    You like petsmarts site and prices so you bookmark the page but don't order right away.

    Now a week later, you are running low on doggie biscuits and go to your bookmark to petsmart (or just type in the url). Now you place your order. joesbiscuits.com should get this sale even though you didn't even visit their site the day you made the purchase.

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    I never knew all this - is this how it works for all/most all affiliate links? ... So if I get an email with an affiliate link and there's a deal and I go look at the deal through that link - but I don't want to purchase through this person's aff link and I go directly to the site... they STILL get the commission from the sale because I was last at the site through their aff link? - do I have that right? ... well damn, I've been giving sales to people I don't want to have them then LOL... will have to change my way of thinking when it comes to purchases now on the web ... silly me <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/smilies/crap.gif> .... It's not necessarily getting someone to buy through your site, but just getting them TO the site and hoping they don't visit anywhere else before they make a purchase there, right? ... hmmmm....

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    Yep, setting cookies is all we have to do.

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    Hi There,
    Last week i installed a cookie detector, (after reading another thread in this board).
    This cookie detector is great!!.
    And you can learn a lot of it.

    To find a list of cookies fast: www.zdnet.com/downloads/
    search with the name: cookies
    i downloaded: Cookie Pal 1.7 a 30 day free shareware program.

    Greetings
    Peter
    Thailand [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    I can think of 2 possibility depending on how the cookies behave...

    IF it REPLACE the other cookie then:
    Jan 1-JB.com->petsmart.com (JB cookie set)
    Jan 7-DB.com->petsmart.com (purchase) - DB replace JB cookie - DB get the sale
    Jan 14-petsmart.com (purchase) - None get the sale - since JB cookie is gone, and DB cookie is used
    Jan 16-PB.com->petsmart.com (purchase) - PB cookie set - PB get the sale

    IF it create a NEW cookie then:
    Jan 1-JB.com->petsmart.com (JB cookie set)
    Jan 7-DB.com->petsmart.com (purchase) - DB cookie set - DB get the sale - DB cookie used
    Jan 14-petsmart.com (purchase) - JB cookie still available - JB gets the sale - JB cookie used
    Jan 16-PB.com->petsmart.com (purchase) - PB cookie set - PB get the sale

    We will have to ask CJ, BF, LS whether or not they create a new cookie or replace the current cookie for the same merchant.

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