Affiliate sales commision when they offer free downloads?

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Hey,

I have this dilemma well 2 parts actually.

So my setup is i have a blog, in all the blog posts i have a call to action for an affiliate link to sell SEO software.

The thing is the software offers a free download as well, bit a 90 day cookie? Has anyone come accross this? if it even worth trying to sell this product when they have a free download option?
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  • Profile picture of the author origin
    The free download is normally a limited version or has an expiry date / free trial and then it stops working. If they want to continue using it or want all the features they have to buy it, and you get your commission.

    Not having seen the offer myself I presume that is how they work. I have sold a lot of software this way where people download a free copy but it has limited functionality, so when they upgrade to the full version I get comms. It is an effective "try before you buy" strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobetter
    hey no it runs out after a due time then they have to purchase. I mean from an affiliate marketers perspective in selling the software, is it worth it?
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    • Profile picture of the author origin
      Originally Posted by seobetter View Post

      hey no it runs out after a due time then they have to purchase. I mean from an affiliate marketers perspective in selling the software, is it worth it?
      yes, this method works well. nothing to fear here. I also sell products that gives free trials for 30 days and then get paid after they buy the full version.
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    If your cookie duration is long enough to cover the free trial period then yes, you will get your commissions. I'm sure they won't put up a free trial, have an affiliate program and then not reward the affiliate,that would be unethical. But i think you have nothing to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author internetmarketer1
    Yeah, you shouldn't be too worried about this. You'll still be getting your sales and commissions no matter what. No need to worry. Of course, you won't be getting lots of cash right away, but think of it as some sort of passive income that will eventually grow down the road.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by internetmarketer1 View Post

      Yeah, you shouldn't be too worried about this. You'll still be getting your sales and commissions no matter what.
      How on Earth can you possibly know this, without knowing what the product is, who the vendor is, how the system works, what contact the vendor has with the prospective customer, and what protections there are built in to the system for the affiliate?!

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      • Profile picture of the author internetmarketer1
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        How on Earth can you possibly know this, without knowing what the product is, who the vendor is, how the system works, what contact the vendor has with the prospective customer, and what protections there are built in to the system for the affiliate?!

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        I was simply agreeing with the others in terms of the fact that selling a product where this happens (a free trial is done etc..) does not matter in terms of making sales. It's up to the affiliate to decide whether the vendor is legit or not. I used to avoid these products to sell in the past as an affiliate because sales aren't instant, but I soon realized it was still worth being an affiliate for.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by internetmarketer1 View Post

          I was simply agreeing with the others
          No; you weren't. You said "You'll still be getting your sales and commissions no matter what."

          You can't possibly know that that's true without knowing anything about what product /service we're talking about, and many other variables, too.

          I can tell you that on ClickBank, for example, almost no serious, professional affiliate will promote a product whose vendor offers a "free trial" which involves the potential for direct contact between customer and vendor, because under those circumstances, it's absolutely impossible for the affiliate to know on what proportion of her sales she's actually being paid the commission she's earned.

          Furthermore, throughout internet marketing, this is a very well-known, common and troublesome form of "payment leak". There are huge uncertainties in most arrangements of this kind.

          In general, the reality of affiliate payment-security in these all-too-common situations is about as far from "no matter what" as it's possible to get!

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