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I know that there is nothing wrong with that from an Adsense point of view.
I don't agree that affiliate should use Adsense, I am sending traffic to them and if someone clicks on an Adsense Ad I get nothing, is that fair?
I didn't sign up to their affiliate system so that I can send them traffic, for very little in return, or if they click on adsense, nothing in return.
I checked a couple of other, they are doing the same, this seems to be the trend.
What do you think?
For the performing affiliates I talk to , definitely a major turn off.
Some of these merchants may convert fine for affiliates, but given a choice, I avoid testing leaky merchants, as they are sending a % of my traffic off to convert elsewhere.
I know as an affiliate, I am a middleman, but strangely I seem to do better as part of the chains with the fewest middleman links....
If the merchant is going to give me a share of profits that my traffic generates for them than fine. Otherwise, it's just leaks that don't benefit my efforts.
Same goes for exit popup windows. Some merchants will give you your cut for the profits popups generate. If the don't, then be sure you can opt out of popups for your visitors.