View Poll Results: Which is a fair way to set affiliate cookies?

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  • the first one always owns a visitor, cookie should stick

    3 10.71%
  • the last one always owns a visitor, cookie should be overwritten

    25 89.29%
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    What do you think is the best / most acceptable way to manage affiliate cookies for any given visitor.

    Let's assume a scenario (a common one for programs with feeds):
    A visitor searches for "red wooden widgets, brand x" and gets a list of results, two of which are the sites of affiliate linking to a particular merchant.
    That visitor goes through the serps and clicks through to the merchant from each of the affiliates' sites.

    The visitor finially comes back later on to the merchant's site and places an order.

    Which one of the affiliates should get the commission?

    Konstantin,
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    [This message was edited by bcc on September 12, 2003 at 09:26 AM.]

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    The last one should always get the cookie. If the first one would have done there job correctly the site visitor wouldn't have went to another site.

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    I have intentionally NOT signed up for a program since they had it as the first one gets credit for the sale. Leaves it open for way too many abuse possabilities I feel. A program running as such allows people with high non related traffic, suspicious traffic or motives(such as those domain parking places ) and others to do nothing to create a sale only to FORCE cookies. If you type in the wrong name a redirect takes you to pop up hell where a cookie can easily be set. Would you want to work a program where it had nothing to do with how you promote it, but only if you can be the most unscrupulous in how you can force a cookie on a visitor.
    It's bad enough already with the cookie pushing forces as is such as the coupon-coupon-couponcodes.com type places pushing this type of non clicked cookie setting crap.

    First click for a sale...never on my sites

    Wow this post almost sounds like one of Mikes already.

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    WW, you'd need to mention BHO's and Charlie would need to chime in first.

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    Well guys, thanks for the input.
    I've changed the way my software handles cookies, but to tell you the truth - until I saw the poll results and talked to a few guys in the chat room, I was sure affiliates would prefer number 1.

    Again, thanks.

    Konstantin,
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    WW ...can you hear me now!

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    If the visitor is looking to buy later, and lands at a different affiliate site, it sure seems like they are shopping (evaluating) again - or if you will, making a new decision about what to buy.

    Also, a visitor might find my site the best for that "widget," visited last and buy.

    If you go to Chevy dealer #1, #2, and finally #3, and the best deal is at #3, then #3 should get the commission - not #1. If #2 was the best deal, the shopper would go back to that dealer and #2 would get the commission anyway, just as a site visitor would give you the commission - it's still the last site visited.

    Let's not get confused with a cookie planted on the visitor's machine from your site, and goes back directly to the merchant a week later. We all know where the commission belongs

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    What Walleye said!

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    The last site visited should get the sale.

    Unless the last site was visited because of a pop-up reminder, a flashing icon, or one of the other parasitic programs. In that case, no tamale.

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    @ Mike and Charlie
    Did I do a good job on my post above???? You hadn't responded yet and thought I could substitute a temporary answer first.
    I just couldn't figure out how to impliment a BHO reference though. I have a long way to go to learn how to.

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