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ptoone says

I have noticed from referring a few customers here via the themeforest affiliate links that commissions are not given when commissions are due. What is the point of promoting a flawed program and are there any plans to improve this?

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digitalimpact says

Have you read the Affiliate Program rules?

Here’s one that might apply in your case:

If you have visited one of the Envato Marketplaces before and then click a referral link, it doesn’t count
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ptoone says

I see. Already dropped any recommendations or promotions for all envato sites.

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sevenspark Volunteer moderator says

Affiliate links work as intended, I’ve updated your thread title to reflect that.

As digitalimpact mentioned, it’s important to thoroughly read the rules of any affiliate program

http://themeforest.net/wiki/referral/referral-program/
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refgo says

Even with emptying cache, cookies, etc., rebooting the IP adress and arriving for the first time through an affiliate link, it doesn’t work. I love Theme Forest but, seriously, this affiliate program is very unfair. Some would even say it’s greedy/scammy.

Just taking my example: I buy a theme for a client – which is the BEST referal ever! – and I don’t get a commission for it.

For me, it kind of look like a fake/deceiving affiliate program.

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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

I think you could be missing out on some good money by not referring traffic here. If used correctly the affiliate scheme can be incredibly lucrative :)

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refgo says

What did I say to get my post removed? That I think this affiliate program works very unfairly? Anyway…


I think you could be missing out on some good money by not referring traffic here. If used correctly the affiliate scheme can be incredibly lucrative :)

I’d like to know how you can use it correctly. It’s a real question. When I first subscribed to it, I was like: “Super, it’ll be working very well, because Theme Forest has the best quality themes!”

Several months after, and while I know purchases has been made via my affiliate link, I still didn’t get any commission…

Now imagine, for example I want to often propose articles to my readers about new themes available in Theme Forest. I do the research for them, I select themes and explain what are the interesting features, how they can use them, etc.

The fact is, if the visitors went one time in their life on Theme Forest before, I won’t get any commission, despite all my work. That’s not cool. At all.

Don’t get me wrong: as a customer, I absolutely LOVE Theme Forest. But as an affiliate, I think it’s really bad. Have I the right to say that?

Thanks.

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EyesX says

What did I say to get my post removed? That I think this affiliate program works very unfairly? Anyway…

I think you could be missing out on some good money by not referring traffic here. If used correctly the affiliate scheme can be incredibly lucrative :)

I’d like to know how you can use it correctly. It’s a real question. When I first subscribed to it, I was like: “Super, it’ll be working very well, because Theme Forest has the best quality themes!”

Several months after, and while I know purchases has been made via my affiliate link, I still didn’t get any commission…

Now imagine, for example I want to often propose articles to my readers about new themes available in Theme Forest. I do the research for them, I select themes and explain what are the interesting features, how they can use them, etc.

The fact is, if the visitors went one time in their life on Theme Forest before, I won’t get any commission, despite all my work. That’s not cool. At all.

Don’t get me wrong: as a customer, I absolutely LOVE Theme Forest. But as an affiliate, I think it’s really bad. Have I the right to say that?

Thanks.

Got exactly the same experience :/ Something smells fishy…

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digitalimpact says

Nothing fishy about it, I actually pay a couple of bills with the help of the affiliate program.

What you always need to remember, is that:

- Envato places a cookie for everyone, even if they land on the site without a referral link. So if the referred user still has that cookie, you don’t get a commission.
- the commission is one time only, just their first deposit. Repeated purchases from the same referred user will not generate a sale for you as well.

The first point above is probably responsible for most of your referrals not generating commissions, I’ve explained it better here.

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EyesX says
- Envato places a cookie for everyone, even if they land on the site without a referral link. So if the referred user still has that cookie, you don’t get a commission.

That is exactly what I mean, stupid way to do it. Have not come across any other site with affilite program where it works in such a poor way.

I got a lot of clickthroughs and not one cent in commission, even though my customers has used my affiliate links to register and buy material.

There is no point to promote Envato sites then…

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