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I want the ability for affiliates to view their sale reports and I want to be able to set the time limit for a cookie on the sale. My site is written in ASP and is hosted on a Windows server.
If you're looking for a solution that can also be used for your own PPC and paid advertising, then a locally-hosted script may make sense, but unfortunately the cost of a quality script with good support is going to be much greater.
I think it would be helpful and interesting to hear the opinions of those who participate actively in affiliate programs:
- Does using a 3rd party site (like shareasale.com) over a script hosted by the publisher increase credibility and chances of an affiliate participating?
- Will using a 3rd party site increase the number of affiliates who sign up (and sell) because they find you listed in the directory?
- Does accepting phone orders significantly decrease affiliate participation?