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    Whenever I start using a different advertiser on CJ, I like to test the link to make sure it works and see exactly what is required to happen to get a commission. (for example, signing up for ebay through my own link) Is doing this legal? Only doing it once per advertiser, of course...

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    It depends on the program terms, but generally it's acceptable and necessary to make sure the tracking is working properly. If you didn't already have an eBay account, I don't see why not, but you need to bid on something to make it count.

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    To make test sales is usually allowed. A few merchants (like amazon.com) do not allow sales through your own links. To be sure, check with the merchant.

    Lead programs never allow sign-ups through links so I would not do an ebay test sign-up. To test lead links, contact the affiliate manager and have them test them out.
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    quote:
    Originally posted by CheeseHead:
    Lead programs never allow sign-ups through links so I would not do an ebay test sign-up. To test lead links, contact the affiliate manager and have them test them out.


    I agree with CH, testing ebay's or alikes could be tricky.
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    Amazon.com apparently just deducts commissions from sales on your own links. Or the equivalent. But hitting Adsense links to test them is a definite no-no.

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    Hmmm...well...I guess I'll just have my friend test the links for me.

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    I just did a test purchase with a CJ merchant i am building a site for and sure enough while it did track immediately i got one third of the commission i was owed... i emailed CJ and they say they are checking it out - i got a reply requesting a copy of my order confirmation email but i haven't heard a final verdict from them yet.

    So, this was a lesson learned, i will now always make a test purchase if i am investing significant time in building a site for a merchant.

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    Always test your links. If you feel a need to do a test purchase, then do it. If the merchant doesn't like it, drop 'em like a hot potato.
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    Always test your links. If you feel a need to do a test purchase, then do it. If the merchant doesn't like it, drop 'em like a hot potato.


    Agreed!
    I buy stuff from my links on a regular basis. There is a difference in signing up 40 ebay accounts and buying your own stuff on your links. In most cases you end up with a great deal if you can catch something on sale, then get a nice chunk back. Heck yeah man!
    Any merchant with a problem with that should be replaced in my opinion.

    I have never seen a merchant who sells durable goods say that you couldn't, other than Amazon, and I can't read so I am good there.
    Some might have their reasons, but I say go for it.


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    Personally I test them all --
    I do not care what they say or what their TOS says - it's business and that is what it takes to make sure everything works and your getting credited. I have a trusted friend test it for me so as not to alert anyone to my test. Especially if they say it is NOT allowed at all period - that sends up red flags for me and I test it anyway.

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    Dittos to what Erninator said. IMO except for Amazon (who are weird), merchants who try to block self-purchases are probably up to things.
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