Embarrassingly Simple Secrets To Survive The 'Minefield' Of Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate marketing can be a dangerous business. Merchants have been known to use sneaky methods to deprive you of your commissions, allowing them to pocket more cash. Before you promote your next affiliate program, or if you are just starting to promote one, read these simple tips that will help you avoid these affiliate 'landmines':

1) Different Modes Of Payment

Some merchants offer different modes of payment on their sales page. On the surface, this seems pretty routine. But then you discover that if the customer pays by a different payment method, you won't get credited with the sale. Check the sales page for any of these 'payment leaks' that can cost you a lot of money. It can make the difference between a winning campaign and a losing one.

2) 'Here Now, Gone Tomorrow' Cookies

The majority of affiliate programs use cookies to track affiliate sales. When a customer clicks on your affiliate link, a cookie is immediately written on to his computer, so if he buys, you earn a commission. However, not all cookies last for the same period. Some last for 30 days, others may only last for 30 minutes. You'd want to promote affiliate programs that have long lasting cookies, because many customers put off buying until later.

3) The Minicourse Trick

Some merchants allow the visitor to sign up for a minicourse on their sales page. When a prospect signs up to the minicourse, he gets sent periodic emails with the merchant's own affiliate link in them. If the prospect clicks on this link, it will override YOUR affiliate link, costing you your well deserved commission.

These tricks are being used out there today, so watch your backs and be aware of them! There is still no easier business to start than affiliate marketing, and by being alert to these sneaky tricks, you will be ahead of the game and promote worthy affiliate programs.

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