might this be why clickbank aff links aren't paying?

by David 3 replies
I've been seeing posts here complaining about affiliates not getting accurately credited with aff sales on clickbank.

There's been banter back and forth about who's at fault

I just saw this post from Matt Cutts's twitter and it looks like people simply clearing cookies is why we aren't getting the sales we earned?

From Cutts' twitter:

'Member when Google made an open-source plugin to stop interest-based ads? Soghoian extended it to other ad networks: Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)

which points to: Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)

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A large number of commercial companies now track users' browsing across the web, in order to profile them, and then serve them targeted advertising. This so called behavioral advertising is a threat to the average user's privacy.

An industry group, The Network Advertising Initiative, provides an easy way for users to opt-out of the tracking performed by its member companies. Users can visit a single web page, and then easily set opt-out web cookies for all of the NAI members advertising networks.

The problem with this is that the moment a user clears his or her cookies, they also lose the opt-out cookies. Regularly clearing browser cookies, or better, setting the browser to erase them all at the end of a session, is a recommended practice. Unfortunately, by doing this, users are then required to re-visit the NAI opt-out page each time they start browsing the web. This is obviously not a reasonable thing to expect.

I'm probably missing out by not promoting affiliate products very much but it would sure piss me off to think I did all that work and someone else was getting paid...
#main internet marketing discussion forum #aff #affiliate #clickbank #links #paying
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  • Profile picture of the author William B
    I've never done much with affiliates but when I do, I avoid any product whose sales page contains an opt-in form, or an opt-in form that pops up.

    I just can't see driving my traffic to a guys page and he gets to build his list. Then in his email follow ups, he sells the product and I get no commission.
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      Originally Posted by William B View Post

      I've never done much with affiliates but when I do, I avoid any product whose sales page contains an opt-in form, or an opt-in form that pops up.

      I just can't see driving my traffic to a guys page and he gets to build his list. Then in his email follow ups, he sells the product and I get no commission.
      Not unless he's overwriting your cookies. If your cookie is still present, you get credit for the sale, and if he's following up with subscribers, you have a better chance of getting a commission.

      As for the op's idea, if cookie clearing were the problem, it would be a problem for every network that uses cookies, not just Clickbank.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexKaplo
    Hey there William,

    You should actually be glad when the traffic you send to a person's site actually opt-in. Statistic show that they are 10x more likely to buy after a few followups... 7-10 to be exact.

    Sure the owner of the website will build hes mailing list but that's Affiliate Marketing... (unless you build a list in a squeeze page before sending the traffic)...

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