Can You Tell Who Bought Through Your Affiliate Links?

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Hi, i tried to make this concise. If one has a free membership website maybe a blog where the members actively use it, now on the blog there are a few affiliate links and i know you can tell which members clicked the links but what about the ones that made a purchase? Here's a simple example:
You're blog only has 10 members, Johnny1, Johnny2, Johnny3, Johnny4 etc. and at the of the day on Saturday you check your sales from affiliate links only, and you find out there's being 3 purchases from members, is there any way at all of finding out which members made the purchases, they might have all went onto the affiliate links, but there was 3 purchases made, so is there any method of finding out who made these apart from getting copies of their receipts or something ridiculous like that, if they don't do ANYTHING only make the purchase is there any known way, so you can maybe for example thank them for going through your site in an email, or just to plain and simply know? Thanks.

p.s. I would post this in Affiliate Section but my last one hasn't showed up and i posted it yesterday, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author oliverkan
    I would say no. Once they leave your site you shouldn't be tracking their activity on other sites (unless of course you're a big corporation like Google because then it's totally legit).
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    It actually depends on the affiliate's tracking system. I've seen tracking systems that would show individual purchases, while others just tell you if someone has bought something. JVZoo, for example, tells the username of people who buy from your affiliate links.

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    • Profile picture of the author Byron2k12
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      It actually depends on the affiliate's tracking system. I've seen tracking systems that would show individual purchases, while others just tell you if someone has bought something. JVZoo, for example, tells the username of people who buy from your affiliate links.

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      Thanks for your reply, this is completely legit and part of a project where all members are made fully aware.
      I have looked at JVZoo, would you by any chance know of any other affiliate programs with this feature that allow you to be an affiliate for tangible items i.e. toys etc. and not only downloadable ones?

      Thanks, any info appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author easternodyssey
    Simple answer no. This would be in breach of the Data Protection Act (Maybe a different law in the US). No company as far as i know would be able to pass on confidential sales information legaly. Especially not to an affiliate e.g competing or linked companies may pay for analytical data from the other company, but not to give out confidential sales details.
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    • Profile picture of the author Byron2k12
      Yeah it seems rather difficult maybe, thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Similarly in the US, release of any confidential personal data is a violation of the Privacy Protection Act, and would expose product owners to legal liability and perhaps even lawsuits by offended affiliates.

        However, there is a work around that many affiliate marketers do. Offer an incentive bonus for buyers to opt-in to a subscriber list after the purchase. For Clickbank purchases, this process of bonus delivery after a successful (and verified) transaction is automated with this software: CBListAutomator Software.

        For other affiliate products, just add a transaction field into the opt-in form. You can choose to match the transaction number with your records before delivering the bonus, or just let it ride as I do. It is possible for someone to enter a fake transaction number to get the bonus, but that is seldom a real problem with properly targeted traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cram
    If you own this membership or blog, you see users IP address and time stamp.
    follow users IP and then track your aff url with bevomedia.com and in there you can view what ip address made a lead or sale.
    the spyview is one of my favorite feature!
    http://i.imgur.com/VOt1G.png
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    • Profile picture of the author Byron2k12
      Originally Posted by Cram View Post

      If you own this membership or blog, you see users IP address and time stamp.
      follow users IP and then track your aff url with bevomedia.com and in there you can view what ip address made a lead or sale.
      the spyview is one of my favorite feature!
      http://i.imgur.com/VOt1G.png
      Well yeah i own the blog and i applied a membership plugin to it. But i think your method is probably too advanced for me
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      • Profile picture of the author brentb
        This is very simple and its not illegal at all so anyone posting that is wrong.

        Affiliate links have a place to insert a SUBID so what you do is this:

        1. Take your example affiliate link
        Code:
        http://afflink.com/123/?subid=
        If it doesn't seem to have a place for SUBID then just search in help, it will have a subid, I have never heard of one without subid.

        2. Put it on your site:

        <a href="http://afflink.com/123/?subid=">LINK</a>
        3. Insert the members username or email or whatever into the SUBID with php. Note the variable is not going to be $username, this you need to match up with how the site displays username. I assume you are using wordpress, you would need to ask a wordpress guru the right variable to add here and what you need to do to get the php to run correctly but it shouldnt be too difficult.

        <a href="http://afflink.com/123/?subid=<?php echo $ username; ?>">LINK</a>
        4. When the user clicks the link it will look like this:

        Code:
        http://afflink.com/123/?subid=Tony2342
        5. When you look in your tracking it should transfer over so the SUBID information somewhere like this:

        Conversions:
        $24.56 7/22/12 02:52:19 Tony2342
        $24.56 7/22/12 02:55:19 BestIMer3
        $24.56 7/22/12 03:52:19 ChuckNor44
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        • Profile picture of the author Byron2k12
          Originally Posted by brentb View Post

          This is very simple and its not illegal at all so anyone posting that is wrong.

          Affiliate links have a place to insert a SUBID so what you do is this:

          1. Take your example affiliate link
          Code:
          http://afflink.com/123/?subid=
          If it doesn't seem to have a place for SUBID then just search in help, it will have a subid, I have never heard of one without subid.

          2. Put it on your site:



          3. Insert the members username or email or whatever into the SUBID with php. Note the variable is not going to be , this you need to match up with how the site displays username. I assume you are using wordpress, you would need to ask a wordpress guru the right variable to add here and what you need to do to get the php to run correctly but it shouldnt be too difficult.



          4. When the user clicks the link it will look like this:

          Code:
          http://afflink.com/123/?subid=Tony2342
          5. When you look in your tracking it should transfer over so the SUBID information somewhere like this:

          Conversions:
          $24.56 7/22/12 02:52:19 Tony2342
          $24.56 7/22/12 02:55:19 BestIMer3
          $24.56 7/22/12 03:52:19 ChuckNor44

          Okay now that is a reply and a half!

          I'm going to visit a web designer i know to ask about implementing this!

          Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author brentb
    No problem! Good Luck!
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