Before you join to affiliate program - something IMPORTANT to consider...

by sam770
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Hi Folks,
I am currently working with Amazon and GAN for affiliates on two similar sites. I have noticed that the GAN does not convert like Amazon and I am wondering why.

I know that Amazon will give me commissions on anything a person coming from my site will buy, and I am not sure how this works with GAN. I mean if I send a person for a product to one of the merchants in GAn and then they buy a similar product from this very merchant, will I still get the commission. Is there a general rule for this or do I have to check merchant by merchant?

Do you have any words of advice on this?
Does anyone knows a good affiliate program that will credit the affiliator for ANY purchase on their site, just like Amazon does?

I think that this is something important to consider before joining to affiliate program

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author webapex
    Traditionally, eCommerce sites credit you any sales within a certain period of time, I have seen 30 days to 1 year terms.

    Still too many rely on the only sometimes effective browser cookie.

    Fraudulent stores could replace your cookie.

    Factors effecting store conversion rates are order telephone numbers which bypass your commission, or mailing lists which might secure sales down the road with paying you a commission.
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    • Profile picture of the author sam770
      thx for this input webapex,
      here is a classic example: the following link include a banner for a nice watch:
      Here is Her secret Wish List
      once you click on the watch and go to the merchant site - you will see few more watches. i am sure that at least 95% of the people who are serious to buy the watch will click on similar watches on the same page before making a decision which watch to go for.
      so on the bottom line, if the merchant will credit me only for the specific watch the user came for but not for any other watch - i simply drive a potential client to his site but lost my commission...

      how can i tell if the merchant will credit the affiliate site (like amazon does) for any item the client buy or only for the specific product he came for in the first time? :confused:

      Originally Posted by webapex View Post

      Traditionally, eCommerce sites credit you any sales within a certain period of time, I have seen 30 days to 1 year terms.

      Still too many rely on the only sometimes effective browser cookie.

      Fraudulent stores could replace your cookie.

      Factors effecting store conversion rates are order telephone numbers which bypass your commission, or mailing lists which might secure sales down the road with paying you a commission.
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  • Profile picture of the author sam770
    Does anyone knows a good affiliate program that will credit the affiliator for ANY purchase on their site, just like Amazon does?
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    how can i tell if the merchant will credit the affiliate site
    Read the freakin' terms!
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    • Profile picture of the author sam770
      Of each merchant?!?
      Come on... there must be a list of "Amazon like" merchants that will credit the affiliator for ANY purchase the client made on their site!

      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Read the freakin' terms!
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      • Profile picture of the author DebbieD
        I found this info online:

        Cookie


        A unique text string (program code) stored on a user's web browser by the website that the user visits. If the user returns to the website at a later date, the cookie identifies the browser as having previously accessed the site.
        Cookies help determine the timeframe for the cookie/commission duration in Google Affiliate Network.


        and this:


        Google Affiliate Network records your publisher ID when a user clicks an affiliate link on your site. If the user subsequently completes a desired action, such as a purchase, on the advertiser's site, your account is credited with the conversion.
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        Seems to me that when a user buys something from a GAN site and he arrived there via your affiliate link, you get credited for the sale - even if it wasn't that specific item. But if he buys something from a different site, you don't get credited.


        The advantage with Amazon is that this one site (Amazon) sells almost everything under the sun. So if a user arrives via your affiliate link, you get credited for whatever they buy.


        Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author ambiz830
    Each affiliate site is going to be different. As Istvan said, you always want to read their terms and how they handle cookies, the duration etc.
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