Best Way To Track Affiliate Sales Question

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Would love to get some input on how to most fairly pay out commissions to all my hard working affiliates...

I plan on launching a (hopefully) heavily promoted affiliate program within the next one to two months, and am trying to make it as fair for the affiliates promoting as possible (in terms of accurately tracking affiliate sales)

- I am planning to let each affiliate promote the main .com url with a unique number for each affiliate tagged at the end.

- The only way for a buyer to confirm that they are buying through the selected affiliate is if they load the affiliates exact url, and join at that moment with that url loaded.

- Right now I have it set that the affiliate that will be credited with the commission, is if the buyer actually buys through their affiliate link (last affiliate page loaded)

-All .com sales will go to me (the site owner)

- There will be a "how did you find our page" section where people can list their sponsors name specifically, if they want their sponsor credited, and to join through that person.

Am I missing anything or can anyone offer a better setup that both fairly rewards the site owner (myself) and the affiliates.

P.S. Is it true that most buyers will bypass an affiliate link to simply join through the main .com link? And if so, is this out of jealousy over another affiliate or something?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ged3
    Hi,


    congratulations on your intention of setting up an affiliate site.


    Companies such as LinkTrust provide affiliate and digital marketing software to track sales.


    You can also look at: Everflow.io.




    The main reason that most buyers will bypass an affiliate link if they see one is that they often feel more secure purchasing from the original source.




    There are two ways around this.


    1) Cloak your link - using link cloaking software such as Pretty Links if you have a Wordpress website.



    2) Offer a bonus for purchasing through your affiliate link.


    Hope this helps.


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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    The main reason that most buyers will bypass an affiliate link if they see one is that they often feel more secure purchasing from the original source.
    No, it isn't. More secure?? How??

    The reason people strip out aff ID's is to not feed their competition.

    P.S. Is it true that most buyers will bypass an affiliate link to simply join through the main .com link?
    If the majority of your buyers are affiliate marketers this might be the case.

    Am I missing anything or can anyone offer a better setup that both fairly rewards the site owner (myself) and the affiliates.
    There are many affiliate platforms that automate the process. No affiliate marketer I know is going to promote some hit-or-miss manual system.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    One option would be to sell via an affiliate system such as JVZoo, which will track all sales through affiliate links, and automatically and instantly pay affiliates that you set to "instant", and inform you what you owe to those you set on "delayed payments".

    It's free to join, and charges a small percentage of each sale.

    It also gets you affiliates because you're listed on such a well-known affiliate market place.

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author SidewalkWar
    I've used Shareasale to manage affiliate partners. It's a great network and very friendly toward new web businesses.
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