Affiliate cookies - who gets the money?

Last Update: June 06, 2013
Curious minds want to know.

Well at least this curious mind has been wanting to know the answer to this question for a loooong time.

Scenario: I'm cruising around the net looking for a specific item. I land on a page, follow some of the links to Amazon and maybe a few other websites that have products I might want to purchase. I don't buy anything and continue on my merry way looking through other websites that have what I'm looking for. I see another site that has a lot of the same products so I click through and follow the links but this time I purchase something from Amazon or say one of the other affiliate sites.

Both of these sites were created by people like all of us here, working on getting our sites up in the SE and selling other peoples products, both of the sites have their own unique tracking code, both of the sites got my clicks so which one gets the credit? The first site I visited or the site I came from and then purchased?

I hope I asked this question in a way you all can understand.

It's just been one of those burning questions I've actually had for over a year and am just now getting around to asking.

As always thanks for any and all feedback.

~ Audrey
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welshy Premium
I believe with Amazon it's a 24hr cookie and last cookie wins. So last affiliate link clicked gets the credit.
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AudreyAO Premium
Craig, do you know if this is true for Clickbank and other affiliate sites? I'm thinking I'll have to read a little bit more in depth the TOS for each affiliate site but figured I'd ask here.

BTW I Googled "how to ad Google Adsense to my site" and your YouTube video came up. I watched it, installed the plugin Ad Injection and it didn't want to work with my site. :(
But I love your vidoes and your way of explaining everything. I've learned quite a bit from you. Thanks

~ Audrey
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welshy Premium
It's different all the time, but most cookies are last cookie wins, same here at WA.
But WA cookie are lifetime cookies I think.
Clickbank is 60 days last cookie wins.
Aweber is first cookie wins.

But remember that some people have their browser setup to clean/remove temp files and cookie upon closing browser.
Thanks for the comment about the video, shame the plugin didn't work for you.
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bryonbrewer Premium
if someone visits through your amazon link and adds something to their wish list, it becomes a 60 day cookie, im pretty sure in that case your cookie would still win
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AudreyAO Premium
Now that's something I didn't know Dom. Very interesting. Now my mind is spinning with ways to guide them to put it in their wish list. LOL
~ Audrey
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bryonbrewer Premium
better to just get them to buy it immediately, who ever returns to their wish list?
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gypsiwillow Premium
I always wondered the same thing,. Also, this might be a silly question, but what if the person goes to amazon first, then looks up the product on an affiliate sight and clicks the link to amazon? I'm thinking the cookie would go to the affiliate. Is there any cookie to tell a place like amazon that the customer already looked at the product on their (amazon's) site?
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ehswift71 Premium
Each and every website you visit will place a tracking cookie on your computer, but whether or not Amazon can connect the dots is a question for the big dogs.
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BJR Premium
If you go to Amazon on your own to look at a product, then you go through an affiliate to purchase it, nobody gets paid, because you were already looking at that product directly through Amazon. They get the whole purse. I hope that makes sense.
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jeff2011 Premium
The main thing to remember about Amazon is the TRUST FACTOR. People shop on it because of this and even though the commissions are low in the beginning, the catchall factor that ehswift71 has pointed out is so important. Basically you will get paid for products you haven't even promoted.
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AudreyAO Premium
I love it when that happens. :)
Audrey
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ehswift71 Premium
Getting paid for stuff that you have not promoted is pretty cool, wouldn't you agree?
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ehswift71 Premium
Welshy is right. Each affiliate has a unique ID and when you click on that affiliate's link and then buy he/she gets the credit for the sale of the item in the ad being displayed.

But here is something interesting that a lot of people don't know. The affiliate gets 4% of the purchase price of the product shown in the ad + 4% of any other unrelated products that are purchased at the same time!
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AudreyAO Premium
I've actually had that very thing happen. Someone ordered something from Amazon that wasn't even remotely close to what I was promoted and I got the commission for it. That was a really nice surprise when I went into my account to see that. Thanks for bringing that up because when you're new to all this you don't realize all the ways you can make money.

Audrey
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ehswift71 Premium
You're welcome. Is being an affiliate for Amazon working out for you like you expected it would?
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AudreyAO Premium
To be honest, no not yet, but I also know I have a lot more work to do to the site. More products to add and lots more content. It's not getting the traffic yet that I'd like so I'm working on content right now for the site. We shall see how it goes from here on out. :)
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Patricia R Premium
I think welshy is right.
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