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    ABW Ambassador DesignerWiz's Avatar
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    Linkshare Reconcile Records
    Here's what I want to do:

    I would like to allow visitors who come to our mall site to make purchases to select the organization that they want to have X% of the commission profits sent ... but I can't come up with a viable way to reconcile the weak reporting Linkshare provides.

    I am asking if anyone has come up with an "acceptable reconcile reporting method" for internaly monitoring and crediting either an incentivized or sub-affiliates on your system or on your server using your aff ID and then comparing the sales to Linkshare vague payment details you receive with your check.

    Cuurently, Linkshare payment reporting does not specify a specific transaction for the merchant sales payment that the check amount covers. The payment lists a month the transaction occurred. Linkshares Signature (member id or sub id tracking) program complicates this date based reconciliation as opposed to specific transaction clearing or reconciling as that makes the choice of which member id gets credited now and who then later at the next payment.

    I know that many ABW members operate rebate sites, incentivized programs, etc. using Linkshare merchants ... What are the solutions you have come up with or the "work around" method you use to remedy this shortcoming of Linkshare reporting?

    If you do not want to post publicly, you can PM me, or write to ray (at) designerwiz.com

    I appreciate any feedback or ideas that you may have to lead me to a solution that works (as best as possible) considering the lack of data provided by Linkshare.

    Thank you.
    Ray Thomas
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    I've come up with a fairly robust solution to this. I use my click redirect to append the u1 to the URL when the customer clicks away to the merchant site. First I create a record of the click in my database that stores the product, the current product price, their IP address, the date & time and their user_id. Then I append the click_id as the u1 and redirect them to that URL. Then my Field Report will indicate all of the click_id's that resulted in a sale. I can run the report through a script and I'll know how much each of my users spent and at what time they left my site.

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    Thanks for the input Scott ... I like that idea.

    Does anyone else have a unique way to cover this issue?
    Ray Thomas
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