Affiliate Marketing Tips: How Do Cookies Work
Cookies play an important part in affiliate marketing and it’s important to understand all that you can about them as this could impact your income. It’s essential that you know that you are getting credited for any sale that you send through to a vendor. Here I’m going to share with you some information about cookies that you may not have been previously aware of that could affect your income.
Every affiliate vending program will set up their cookies in a different way. For example, some cookies have been set to expire within a set time frame – quite often 30 days. Others will just continue for the lifetime of the computer being used, or until the file has been deleted. Some computer users use cookie blocking software, so even though they only found the product through your link, when they buy it – you unfortunately won’t get credited with the sale.
As technology evolves, cookies can still be monitored and tracked, even if an internet searcher decides to delete them from their internet browser software. ClickBank used to receive many complaints from their affiliate marketing professionals about not being credited for sales that they had accumulated. It seems that they have managed to overcome this issue and tracking cookies can still be relied upon for sales.
To be sure that you are going to get paid for your affiliate marketing efforts, I always advise people to check their cookies and also the site of the vendor for any changes that may affect your income. When you are relying on this income to pay your bills, you cannot afford to take any chances with it.
My closing advice to you is to check how long cookies last for vendors. If they expire relatively fast, ie even within 30 days, you might want to check out another vendor for better conditions. Internet marketing can take a fair amount of effort and you want to ensure that you are getting paid for your energy.
Copyright (c) 2011 Andrew Holtom