Are Affiliate Cookies Loading On Site OK or Not?

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Hey Guys,

I've heard that if affiliate cookies automatically load on our page when people visit, it can help with more sales... meaning if people don't click on your affiliate link(s), and they leave your site and then go directly to the merchant, then we will still get commission.

But I was just wondering if this was OK and safe to do with our websites, the browsers, and for Google? If anyone knows? And is this the same thing as cookie stuffing?

In Many Thanks,
Kyle
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  • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
    Yes it's cookie stuffing.

    The big problem you would have is it is against most affiliate program's tos. Ask the merchant / affiliate prog if unsure.
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  • Profile picture of the author abbe77
    Due to this cookie issue I lost my comission at themeforest.net. I recommended my client to buy theme under my reference some he did. But I got no commission, after contacting to themeforest support they said that cookies have to be enabled on the client's browsers.

    I did not quite understand this whole dilemma...Do we also have to make sure that our referral has cookies enabled or disabled???
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    • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
      Originally Posted by abbe77 View Post

      Due to this cookie issue I lost my comission at themeforest.net. I recommended my client to buy theme under my reference some he did. But I got no commission, after contacting to themeforest support they said that cookies have to be enabled on the client's browsers.

      I did not quite understand this whole dilemma...Do we also have to make sure that our referral has cookies enabled or disabled???
      That's a different issue.

      Some people's browsers are not configured to accept cookies, stuffed or otherwise.

      Some people delete cookies

      Some people switch computers between finding a product and buying it.

      You won't get credit for these sales, if the affiliate program uses cookies for tracking.
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  • Profile picture of the author TravisO
    Cookies are somehow considered as malicious and AV programs sometimes warn the user to not continue to those websites who asked for cookies. So what happens is that people may not visit the websit anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author KylePeters
      Originally Posted by SunilTanna View Post

      That's a different issue.

      Some people's browsers are not configured to accept cookies, stuffed or otherwise.

      Some people delete cookies

      Some people switch computers between finding a product and buying it.

      You won't get credit for these sales, if the affiliate program uses cookies for tracking.
      OK, so what about Flash cookies? Is this something that we could implement to combat all of this? Or are Flash cookies only implemented on the affiliate merchants sites after people click on the affiliate links on our sites?
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      Originally Posted by TravisO View Post

      Cookies are somehow considered as malicious and AV programs sometimes warn the user to not continue to those websites who asked for cookies. So what happens is that people may not visit the websit anymore.
      How do AV programs know that our sites ask for cookies? Are they reading our disclosure or disclaimer statements? And if so, is there anyway we can combat this?
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  • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
    Cookies have to be set by the domain that reads them back. So for a merchant/affiliate program to see the cookie, it must be the one setting the cookie in the first place. Cookie stuffing is done by loading the merchant/affiliate site inside a tiny image of iframe of the affiliate site, but it's still the merchant/affiliate site setting the cookie.

    Same for flash cookies.

    Cookies are implemented & stored in the web browser, so no AV and other software simply detects them in the browser. A user can also simply turn off cookies if they want.

    Nothing you can do about it.

    Some merchants use multiple methods of tracking, not just cookies, to try not to lose any tracking.

    But some loss of tracked users is inevitable.
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