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    Hi --

    Hypothetically speaking, how could I accomplish this task:

    Suppose I have 2 affiliate programs set up on my site; Amazon.com and Pets.com. And let's say I want to give my visitors who shop at these stores through my links a 10% cashback bonus on their purchases.

    How can I track their purchases back to them? I know I can verify all purchases made through my Amazon or Pets account reports, but how can I determine which visitors made what purchases and for how much?! Do I need to use cookies somehow? Do they need to "Login" somewhere first before shopping?

    Any help or ideas how this can be accomplished would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Joshua

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    There is no way to do this that I'm aware of. Once the user leaves your site, you have no way of knowing whether they made a purchase or not. Affiliate links track the number of click-throughs -- not the identities of the users. To do so would probably be considered an invasion of privacy.
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    Thanks for your reply, kyank.

    Maybe I should have been clearer on what exactly I meant! Actually, what I'm referring to, now that I think about it, is the type of service that Spree.com and Ebates.com offer.

    When you sign up, log in, and shop at various stores linked from their site, you get a certain percentage cashback for making purchases.

    So, basically, I was wondering, how can I accomplish that and set that up for my visitors -- perhaps in a much simpler way?!

    Thanks,
    Joshua


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