I just received an email.. (I'm not saying from who) but I believe there's some slightly questionable ethics inside this email.
Affiliates for years have worried about people stealing their commission. If FIRST AFFILIATE sends a visitor to a site (especially during launch day), and then, SECOND AFFILIATE sends the same visitor back to the site – who gets the commission?
A product launches at NOON today! So FIRST AFFILIATE sends their visitor to the site yesterday, but all the other gurus and super affiliates wait until an hour and then again 10 minutes before the launch to get that last minute “cookie” coded in that person's computer.
Who deserves the commission?
That's the million dollar question? If the launch is live, and FIRST AFFILIATE couldn't convert the sale, but the SECOND AFFILIATE throws in a nice bonus and closes the sale, then the SECOND AFFILIATE deserves the commission.
If the FIRST AFFILIATE sends the visitor during launch time, and the visitor plans to get in anyway and then SECOND AFFILIATE sneaks in with their “LIVE IN 10 MINUTES” email. I believe the FIRST AFFILIATE deserves the commission.
Let me ask you something? Is this ethical? Guru's and “Super Affiliate” know that everyone has seen the Launch Tree. Everyone knows how it works. Everyone knows what to expect when they launch. Everyone can even fill in the blanks as to what this product is (we've seen enough videos to put together our own product!), but is it ethical sending out an email asking visitors to clear their cache so they can get the commission?
Clear your cache so I can get the commission…
Think about it.. If FIRST AFFILIATE has sent 500 people and those same 500 people are on SECOND AFFILIATE'S EMAIL LIST and he asks them to clear their cache, this raises some serious ethical questions in the affiliate marketing community. Is it right or wrong – I would like to hear what you think?