I have been using the e-junkie service for affiliate links to a book we have been selling. Very happy with how it all works and have set up another website selling 'intangibles'. I noticed whilst testing the second by making a dummy purchase with value set to 0 that a sale was attributed to an affiliate of the book as I must have had one of their cookies on my pc.
So, if a visitor to my 2nd site visits without using an affiliate link, does the cookie present from the previous visit to my 1st site mean that an affiliate will get commission, even tho they did not send the customer to my 2nd site?
Seems a little odd to me that they can get credited with commission from an independent visitor, having done nothing to send the customer there. Though also, beneficial as the sites are cross-linked, it means that the cookie set from visiting one site will also work on the other, so it shouldn't matter which site they visit first or if they use the website links to go to the other site.
I can possibly see 2 ways around this - the first would be to set up 2 e-junkie accounts which would clearly separate the products. The second might be a little unethical, if not immoral - use your own affiliate account to place an affiliate link to crossover between the 2 sites. Meaning that your cookie would override that of the affiliate who sent the traffic, pretty immoral really, and I doubt I'd join someone running an affiliate scheme like that, so won;t be choosing this option.
So, the big question for e-junkie - is this an intentional part of the system, as would have not expected same cookie to work on a different website, especially when setting up a totally different product with different % commission. And is there an 'opt-out' for this cookie behaviour?
The question for the 'community' is, How would you do it, and why?