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    Affiliates perspective - merchants looking for social networking
    From an affiliate standpoint..

    In the past I've noticed merchants looking to increase their social networking via the affiliate channel - for example, they are encouraging affiliates to have their readers like the merchant on Facebook, or follow the merchant on Twitter.. perhaps even offering a discount.

    The latest one is a sneak peek at an upcoming sale for their Facebook fans.

    I made a decision a while ago not to promote these offers - I may get the short-term cookie, but doesn't it follow as soon as my reader likes them on Facebook, I might be out of the loop? Seems too easy from a merchant standpoint.. with very little benefit to the affiliate.

    Now I know I can't stop the tide of social networking, and it may happen anyway, but commissions are tough enough to earn as it is, without me sending them to a social network platform where I'm cut out of the equation.

    Just wondered how other affiliates feel about this?

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    If I was going to send a visitor of mine to the merchant's FB page then I would use an affiliate link with a redirect.

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    I'm not talking about specific links...

    Even if my cookie is set when my visitor likes them on facebook, or follows them on twitter.. after that point, I'm cut out of the loop as soon as the cookie expires.

    It means the merchant has direct access via FB or Twitter... and I helped that happen.

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    We only send traffic to merchant websites. If merchants want links going to their FB page or want to promote "being liked" on a social network, or whatever, then they can BUY advertising space from us.

    Our objective is to send traffic that will convert into commissions...
    Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    We only send traffic to merchant websites. If merchants want links going to their FB page or want to promote "being liked" on a social network, or whatever, then they can BUY advertising space from us.

    Our objective is to send traffic that will convert into commissions...
    Amen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teezone View Post
    I made a decision a while ago not to promote these offers - I may get the short-term cookie, but doesn't it follow as soon as my reader likes them on Facebook, I might be out of the loop? Seems too easy from a merchant standpoint.. with very little benefit to the affiliate.

    Now I know I can't stop the tide of social networking, and it may happen anyway, but commissions are tough enough to earn as it is, without me sending them to a social network platform where I'm cut out of the equation.

    Just wondered how other affiliates feel about this?
    I say stick with your decision. Agree with Convergence, we only send traffic to merchants' sites.

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    Hearing this loud and clear! Am testing a promotion tool that posts to a merchant or affiliates Facebook page. It links to a site that allows the use of an affiliate link. It delivers whatever deal you want and also helps to add fans to your Facebook page.

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    I'm with teezone on this as well.

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    wow! Interesting. I must try it. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksters View Post
    wow! Interesting. I must try it. Thank you!
    ???

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    spam and banned

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    Quote Originally Posted by teezone View Post
    .........I made a decision a while ago not to promote these offers.......
    Same here.................
    MERCHANTS: Start showing your coupons directly on your site, that way your shoppers will stop leaving your site looking for them!! If not then remove your Coupon Box!!

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    Thanks all for the feedback!

    I'm pleased to see other affiliates feel the same way - I wasn't sure if I was missing something with these "offers", but indeed it does seem like an attempt to get free traffic via FB, Twitter, etc.

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