Affiliate Commissions - Is Your Anti-Virus Eating Them?

November 29, 2008


If you use affiliate marketing on your website, or blog, your Anti-Virus software could be preventing you from getting affiliate commissions.

Over the last few days, three people have mentioned in emails that they bought products advertised on my blog. Trouble is, I didn’t receive affiliate commissions for any of them. The first couple of times it happened, I figured those people had previously clicked an ad on another site. But when I got the last email, I was a bit concerned, as it wasn’t an ad I’ve seen in many places.

I know three sales doesn’t sound like too much to worry about. But you’ve got to remember that only a tiny fraction of visitors to this website would ever email me and mention that they’d bought a product.

So, I did a bit of research and discovered your anti-virus software can actually block the tracking copies, used by some affiliate programs. And sure enough, when I checked mine, I discovered that McAfee was doing this.

I had no idea it was happening. I’m not particularly technically minded and I tend to install these things and leave them to get on with their job; without really knowing what they’re doing.

Now, I don’t know how to change the settings on other Anti-Virus software but on McAfee, here’s what I did:

Go into advanced menu, then go into Computers And Files.

Click configure. Then click real time scanning.

On Virus Protection Enabled, go into Advanced. Uncheck scan and remove tracking cookies, then click apply and ok.

Next click custom scan, then click scan and remove tracking cookies - click apply, then ok.

You also need to ensure that your browser enables cookies. For Firefox, go to Tools, Options, Privacy, then tick accept cookies and accept third party cookies.

For Internet explorer go into tools, internet options, privacy and change the settings to accept all cookies.

Problems like this can be prevented if you do your research properly. But it’s easy to read a whole heap of information and forget a lot of it. I’m now re-reading the Super Affiliate Handbook, to make sure I’m not making any more glaring errors.

If you use affiliate programs on your website or blog and haven’t read the Super Affiliate Handbook, I’d encourage you to do so. You could save yourself a lot of trouble, not to mention loss of affiliate commissions because of silly mistakes.

Have you lost affiliate commissions, due to anti-virus software, or other reasons? Do you have any other tips, or advice to share on protecting affiliate commissions?

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Would Money Problems Drive You To This?

September 29, 2008


We all know money can cause lots of problems. And while there’s nothing wrong with money, or wanting to make lots of money, it can be dangerous if it’s your only motivator. The sad thing is, some people are motivated by nothing but money. But what do they have left if it all falls apart?

I was just reading a newspaper story about a high flying banker who threw himself under a train. Apparently, a close source said that he’d probably lost a lot of money due to the recent credit crunch and he was feeling the pressure.

What kind of world are we living in when folk value money more than their own lives? And it’s not like this reaction to money problems is something new, because there was plenty people jumping off buildings after the 1929 stockmarket crash.

Every time the the stock market, or housing market booms, then crashes, my stomach churns. And it’s not because I feel sorry for those who have lost money. It’s their reaction that terrifies me. If such a huge percentage of our population are so easily motivated by fear and greed, then panic when they lose control, it puts all of us at risk.

As Akemi Gaines explains in this article - money can be dangerous. We’re living in a world where people die for a few hundred dollars and often a lot less.

Akemi is hopeful that the financial downturn will cause people to re-evaluate their priorities and I hope she is right. Although, 7 years on from 9/11, I have to wonder what would need to happen to convince the majority of the world’s population that life is more important than money.

What do you think? Does all this make you feel unsafe? And do you think a recession may help, or will money always cause problems?

If all this is too depressing, check out some more positive & uplifting related reading:

Can Bill Gates Help Africa Feed Itself?
Bill Gates and Howard Buffet plan to invest $75 million from their private foundation, to help small farmers in third world countries to sell their crops as food aid.
2500 Children Saved From Death: The story of Irena Sendler who saved 2500 children’s lives during World War II.
Why Blogging Is Like Backpacking: Kelly compares blogging with backpacking and explains how both activities encourage folk to forge deeper relationships.
I Was A Mail Order Bride: An hilarious story from Rita’s Digest on the lengths she went to, to make sure her friend had a birthday to remember.

Rita - You’ll Make A Lot Of People Rich

August 23, 2008


Rita - You’ll make a lot of people rich - with your father’s amazing blackjack tips.

Vered - You made me cringe when you showed me these photos - who would make fashion mistakes like that?

Al - You made me hope - that people would read this and stop treating strangers so bad.

Kelly - You made me realise that what we see in the world, is often a reflection of ourselves.

Urban Panther - You’ll make a lot of people think, before they start fiddling about with their bits.

Brad - You made me hungry ‘nough to eat a saddle blanket.

Barbara S - you made me realise that more candy was needed on my blog.

Barbara L - you’ll make a lot of people aware of the marketing tricks that Internet scammers use.

Friar - you made me laugh at how aliens probably see the olympics.

And Lillie - you tagged me to do this silly name meme:

1. Your real name: Cath

2. Your Gangsta name:(first 3 letters of real name plus izzle) Catizzle

3. Your Detective name:(fave color and fave animal) Blue Giraffe.

4. Your Soap Opera name:(your middle name and street you live on) Ann Stoneymount

5. Your Star Wars name:(the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name) Lawca

6. Your Superhero name:(your 2ND favorite color, and favorite drink) Green Wine

7. Your Iraqi name:(2ND letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, 1st letter of your middle name, 2ND letter of your moms maiden name, 3rd letter of your dads middle name, 1st letter of a siblings first name, and last letter of your moms middle name) Awalyse

8. Your Witness Protection name:(parents middle names) Jane Raymond

9. Your Goth name:(black, and the name of one of your pets) Black Misty (I don’t have a pet so used an old one)

I’m tagging anyone who’d like to play along.


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The Dirty Word In The Blogosphere

August 22, 2008


On my travels through the blogosphere, I’ve noticed a dirty word that keeps cropping up. And it’s not the F word - it’s money.

It seems to be everywhere I go. The topics vary but money and blogging always seem to be connected in some way. Like in these articles:
“How Can I Make Money From Blogging?”,
I Don’t Read Blogs With Too Many Ads/Monetized Too Soon,
Advertising Alternatives For Bloggers,
How Top Bloggers Earn Money,
Use A Blog As A Powerful Marketing Tool.

And when it comes to money, there seems to be many different types of blogger, including these ones:

1) The Blog Whores: The ones that want to make a heap of cash and don’t care what they write.

2) The Creative Bloggers: The ones that love writing and hope to monetize their blogs eventually.

3) The Brand Bloggers: The ones who are aiming to use their blog to promote a product or service eventually.

4) The Diary Bloggers: The ones who just blog for fun, or blog about their daily lives.

5) The Savvy Bloggers: The ones who are already making money through their blogs.

6) The Anxious Bloggers: The ones who would like to make money from their blog but don’t want to admit it, incase it drives their readers away.

7) The Dumb Bloggers: The ones who are disgusted at the idea that anyone would want to make money from their blog.

If you were working 20 hours a week - you’d expect some sort of payment or reward eventually. You’d deserve it - so why should blogging be different? Did you ever hear anyone say, “I love Oprah, but I’m not going to watch her program anymore because she gets paid for working?”

Lets face it, if you have no plans for your blog, other than for other people to read what you’ve written, then you’ve got to have one huge ego.

And, although you’re unlikely to generate much money, or publicity from blogging in your first year or two, it can certainly pay off for those who are persistent, including these bloggers, who were featured on business week.

What do you think? I know people don’t want to share their plans on the Internet. But do you hope to use your blog to make money eventually - either directly or indirectly. Or do you think it’s a terrible sin?


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