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Posted 14th December 2008 at 08:26 PM by Melkor

Are you an affiliate marketer? Then you may be interested in this analysis by Ben Edelman of which affiliate network's tracking cookies gets detected and blocked/removed by which anti-spyware program and this calculator to estimate the effects of cookie removal on your bottom line.

And this doesn't even account for the effect of Firefox 3 blocking affiliate cookies by default so your potential customer actually have to actively go into cookie management and explicitly allow CJ, clickbank, Shareasale or the other networks for you to get credit for the sale.

There's more than one way to lose your rightful affiliate commission, and not all of them involve hijacking. Promoting Firefox to your list would do the damage all by itself. Choose your affiliate network and promotions accordingly - if your network only relies on tracking cookies to credit you with commissions you're losing money.
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    Michelle Strait's Avatar
    I think you must be correct.

    I've been getting thousands of visitors to my Amazon store. Traffic continues to pick-up the closer Christmas gets. I know people are clicking my links, but the sales don't match-up. People are probably saving the items to buy later, and by the time they do, the cookie has already expired.
    Posted 14th December 2008 at 08:44 PM by Michelle Strait Michelle Strait is offline
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    nuthowz's Avatar
    I puts a damper on using tracking id's doesn't it.
    Posted 26th December 2008 at 03:02 PM by nuthowz nuthowz is offline
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    ClaytonY's Avatar
    I guess this is a newbie question, but how would you choose an affiliate program with the least problems? What are some key points to look at when choosing an affiliate program?

    I never knew Firefox blocks affiliate cookies...
    Posted 4th January 2009 at 04:24 PM by ClaytonY ClaytonY is offline
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    Melkor's Avatar
    Depends on what market you're in, really - check Ben Edelmann's work and you'll see some pointers but there's too many different ways for tracking to get screwed up to place the blame on one single source.

    Best way to pick an affiliate program to promote isn't to look at networks anyway - it's to look at what potential consumers you can access, and what these are likely to buy. If you've got a dieting web site you're probably wasting your ad space if you're promoting hard drives or home remodelling - while diet offers probably won't do well on a computer gaming site. If you're doing PPC, affiliate tracking is actually much less problematical as the goal is to get the sale straight from the click anyway, so you don't need to be as concerned as someone using an SEO/Content/Affiliate pre-sales model.

    We thrashed this out in the main forum and some blame the cookie blocking thing on a couple different anti-spyware tools rather than Firefox default behaviour like Dave claims.
    Posted 4th January 2009 at 10:58 PM by Melkor Melkor is offline
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    Really I guess this is a absurd question, and how can you have an affiliate program with the least problems?

    But yeah i was aware that Firefox blocks affiliate cookies...
    Posted 6th January 2009 at 12:35 PM by
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    BucksBrosnan's Avatar
    Cookies might contain information such as log-in or registration information, shopping-cart information, user preferences, and so on. When a server receives a request from a browser that includes a cookie, the server is able to use the information stored in the cookie. For example, a server might receive affiliate tracking data from a user's browser that attributes a sale or lead to an affiliate. Obviously theres back and forth movement by the customers but its better to have a strong selling USP program at any rate
    Posted 15th January 2009 at 06:10 AM by BucksBrosnan BucksBrosnan is offline
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    Meanna Blog's Avatar
    That's pretty frightening that all our hard work and effort could easily be for nothing in some cases...
    Posted 22nd January 2009 at 06:36 AM by Meanna Blog Meanna Blog is offline
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    And here I'm such a Firefox fan..... Holy crap, I've been kissing my assassin and I didn't even know it! Thanks for the heads up, dudes.
    Posted 27th January 2009 at 11:14 PM by fenderstrat78 fenderstrat78 is offline
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    I believe you must be talking out of experience and like they say, experience is the best teacher. Thanks all the same.
    Posted 31st January 2009 at 06:00 PM by kennytaz kennytaz is offline
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    Hi Friends, Its good to be here. Really I'm new to Warriors Forum and also new to internet marketing. My focus is on PLR, E-Book publishing as well as Resale Rights. Friendly free offers welcome. Ndah Ekanem
    Posted 7th February 2009 at 11:38 PM by Ndah Ekanem Ndah Ekanem is offline
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    dejoliet31's Avatar
    Edelman's report is very indepth. Now I know why some of the purchases I was able to track never showed on my reports. Thanks for the info.
    Posted 13th February 2009 at 07:32 AM by dejoliet31 dejoliet31 is offline
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    good info, thanks
    Posted 21st February 2009 at 06:27 PM by WealthBluePrint WealthBluePrint is offline
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    mickeybunny06's Avatar
    Wow... I sure wish i had this info BEFORE i started the program I'm on now. *cough cough eCurrency Arbitrage cough* Thanks for sharing, now I can keep this in mind if I do not see the results I plan to get..
    Posted 22nd February 2009 at 10:38 AM by mickeybunny06 mickeybunny06 is offline
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    Iam pretty knew to all this and will take as much info as i can get. It looks like i got alot to learn. Thanks for the info hopefully i will start to understand all of this soon.
    Posted 1st March 2009 at 11:44 AM by jefftowle jefftowle is offline
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    I think that it is good to read this information
    Posted 7th March 2009 at 05:32 AM by manishgusain manishgusain is offline
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    Posted 15th April 2009 at 12:09 PM by RickRick RickRick is offline
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    Thanks a lot man!
    Posted 19th April 2009 at 05:34 AM by ceexcel ceexcel is offline
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    solardave's Avatar
    So what is the answer? I'm using firefox because I don't like Microsoft.
    Posted 28th April 2009 at 06:23 AM by solardave solardave is offline
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    So FireFox is Now the Affiliate Killer Going to have to find a new browser.
    Posted 4th May 2009 at 07:24 AM by CharlesRuppert CharlesRuppert is offline
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    what is the best way to circumvent this? Or should one just revert to other web surfers outside firefox?
    Posted 5th May 2009 at 01:27 PM by umoumo umoumo is offline

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