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Is it worth the effort? Are they generally fair and pay on time?
They have an impressive website and I became one of their affiliates 2 1/2 months ago. When I sent Linkshare a nonpayment alert for a art.com late payment, Art.com decided to cancell all my sales going back to 2 1/2 months ago. They gave me no explanation or sent no email. Cost me hundreds of dollars on advertising.
I understand that this forum isn't the place to resolve issues. As far as I'm concerned they got me. But opinions on this affiliate program both good and bad will help new affilates decide if this is the program for them.
AllPosters.com still has a commission rate that starts at 20%. (Unfortunately, AllPosters has fuzzier thumbnails than Art.com does.)
In the 3 months I was with them, they had extremely high cancellations. The customers cancelled half the items ordered. So my actual commissions were like 5% of the sales. Anyone else experience high cancellations with them? These high cancellations looked very questionable.
Then one day they decided to cancell all my sales going back 3 months to the start of my agreement with them. I had over $7000 of sales sent to them. Linkshare shows that they owe commissions for Nov and Dec but it looks like Art.com won't pay.
I admired the strength of their affiliate network, but it seems they are shooting themselves in the foot.
I think the difference is the cookie.
My question is this: how important do you think the 10-day cookie is? Does it make enough difference to make it worth the low commission? My suspicion is that it matters a lot, and that it is indeed worth it.
PostersFast has a 20% commission and a 60 day cookie, but they only have music and movie posters. Still, it's a great deal if these are your topics.
Postershop has a 10% commission and an immortal cookie (!), but although they have a complete set of categories, their selection is not nearly as good as Art.com, at least, not in my categories.
Hope this may be useful. Seems to me the cookies are of major importance.
The funny part is everything tracks through old affiliate interface. Click throughs, and sales too..... The only thing that doesn't track is my Commissions on those sales that are still tracking fine.
They refuse to answer email from me.
So until I get around to changing all the thousands of links over to LS or just getting rid of the fart.com links alltogether I guess they will still sell posters and prints w/o paying me a commission on sales that still track fine through old program.
LS does not offer effective flexible linking to all items which is lame. This effectively blows any datafeed possibilities and makes it hard to fix existing links to specific products from old program.
So I think fart.com stinks.
1) if the computer crashes
2) If the user visits too many sites, then its a matter of fifo (first in, first out), the earliest cookie gets overwritten.
3) The user installs a programs which deletes cookies
4) The user has cookies disabled
5) The user visits the same site through someone else's link
and as cubsrule4 says, most users will either buy in a reasonable period or won't. Cookies that last for months, don't seem to make sense really. Does someone have different experiences? Any instances of benefiting from a six month old campaign or something on those lines?