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Craftcycler said in September 16th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

I don’t do all that much affiliate marketing, and I am by no means an expert, but I do not think that the first person that sends me an email regarding a product should always get the sale for a number of reasons.

1. Previously Provided Value – Some marketers send 5 emails per day just trying to sell me something, but they don’t send much of anything else. Some marketers send newsletters, offers and gifts that are value packed once per week. Who would I prefer got the commission? The second one. Just because the first one got the
email to me first, doesn’t mean that I want to give them the commission.

2. Bonuses – Some bonuses are not of any interest to me or are stuff that I already have. If I am going to spend my money on a product, I would like to decide for myself what I am paying for. The bonus is part of the total product that I am receiving and I am paying for. I should get to decide what I buy.

3. Free Enterprise – I understand the money-making idea behind cookie-stuffing, but I think it’s kind of underhanded and sneaky. To me, it thwarts the concept of free enterprise and of fairness. In the off-line world, I get to choose who I buy something from. If I am looking to purchase goods or a service, the first person who “gets to me” to make their pitch is not always going to be the one I buy from, and to put a mechanism in place that forces this is ridiculous and would make me highly upset. Well, online marketers do just that. Cookie-stuffing removes my freedom of choice and I certainly have the option to take that choice back. If the first person has the option of dropping that cookie, the next person certainly has the right to ask me to clear that cookie. At least they asked – the first person took away my choice; the second one put the choice in my hands. I think asking me to clear my cookies and buy from them is far more honest and straight forward than dropping a cookie without my permission and forcing me to give them the commission.

As far as I am concerned, my money, my choice.

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ksayles said in September 16th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Thanks, Craftcycler!
That’s a different perspective and I respect it.

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Rick Falls said in September 16th, 2008 at 6:13 pm


This is exactly why everybody likes you.

Being upright and honest is the only way to be, and you are it my talented friend.

I find myself buying things from people I like trust and respect.

The fact that someone asks you to clear cookies would be fine with me if that person went on to explain the reason behind it.

For example. “If you clear your cookies I will make an affiliate commission for recommending the product to you and you’ll recieve my bonuses which I feel will help you make better use of the product you’re buying”.

That’s honest and upright.

I have a lot of big marketers on my list and I watch to see who comes out with what, and when, but ultimately the purchase I make will go to the person I know trust and respect the most that provides the most useful value to me.

Summing it up, asking me to clear my cookies is fine as long as I’m told why.

Take Care Kristi,
Rick Falls

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Clarence Crown Prince of web 2.0 said in September 16th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

The answer depends on your perspective. As an affiliate marketer I don’t want to loose my hard earn referral. I personally have been so busy with other things to pay Traffic Fusion any mind. If it is worth anything it will hold. I’ve gotten off the buy now bandwagon. I’m working more the basics of building better relationships with the people who have joined up with me. Getting people up to speed is a daunting, but rewarding task. Keep up the great Work Kristi.

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Scott R said in September 17th, 2008 at 12:14 am

Of course it is OK to ask people on your list to clear their cookies and buy from you. The author of the product gave you permission to sell it so its every marketer for themselves!

Newbies will be the only ones that cookies will work with and seasoned marketers are going to go with who they trust, who they like, or the package that suits them best, no matter how many emails they get.

I am for keeping my hard earned referrals but if they want something else, that’s their decision, not a cookies.

Ask away and feel good about it!

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ksayles said in September 17th, 2008 at 12:49 am

These are all great replies!
I hadn’t considered many of these arguments.
I’m not too proud to say that they are very
valid and I admit I haven’t thought of things
that way. 🙂

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Suneel said in September 25th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Hi Kristy,

I dont feel anything wrong when someone asks me to clear my cookies. I did not purchase any high priced item till now, but i go through all my emails from marketers,observing their marketing methods. I read emails from marketers who i like and trust.I also read emails with attention grabbing subjects.But if i ever had to purchase any top product with huge bonuses, i choose my favourite marketers who helped me with their informative newsletters,gifts etc. , not the ones who sell products in every email.

I’ll definitely help marketers earn affiliate commissions by purchasing thru affiliate links.


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