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  1. #1
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    How can I get a referral fee for product sales?

    The idea would be that customers come to my site to see products from many sites that I have created partnerships with, then once they choose what they like, they go to the website the product is on and make the purchase. My question is how to I get paid for hooking up the buyer to the seller? I know the standard would be that I will have some type of affiliate marketing or advertising on my site, but is there a way I can get paid for the actual referral of the product sale? I really don't want to really on the honor system! If I did I think I would see no money. Most of the sites I will be working with will not have any type of affiliate system setup or anyway to do tracking of my referred clients.

    I thought of having some type of promo-code for a discount, but then there is no way to ensure the buyer will not just make a deal with the seller around my back.

    Would it be worth it to offer a rebate on confirmed orders? Say once a sale is made, they buyer shows proof via reciept and I offer a small rebate or gift card somewhere. This way I can have proof the sale was made and then take it up with the seller to get my referral share. If they dont pay the referral I drop them from the site.

    What about if I where to collect all the info for the sale (billing & shipping info, credit card info) and then pass that info to the sellers to finish up process the transaction and ship. I would be upfront to the buyers that their data is being transferred to the seller website for final processing. This way I know about the sale and can request my referral.

    Does anyone have any suggestions here or comments to my ideas? Thanks much.

  2. #2
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    Hide the actual supplier (you could do this by describing the product without actually naming it) from your customer/website visitor, and either buy the product and then re-sell it, or do a deal with the supplier to give you a kickback for every order that you give to them.

  3. #3
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    and either buy the product and then re-sell it,
    i want to completely avoid any transactions between the buyer and seller.

    do a deal with the supplier to give you a kickback for every order that you give to the
    how should the deal be done to ensure i get the kickback!

  4. #4
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    Assuming that the supplier is larger than a business where the primary shareholder does the invoicing, I think that once you have a deal in place, normal clerical procedures will ensure you get paid.
    You can always audit the process by sending a follow up letter/phone call to your customer to see if they are satisfied with the product

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