28 Feb 13 10:30 am
Affiliate marketing has been part of human civilization since the beginning of trade.
In the physical world, affiliate marketing is the same as opening a store. Wal Mart, Target, Best Buy are all "affiliate marketers": they draw traffic to sell other people's stuff.
Plus, any affiliate marketer worth his/her salt would be able to pull a profit regardless of the (perceived) condition of the market. In fact, this is true for any business: you either deliver what the customer wants, or you don't.
If you can, then your business will continue to live, regardless of any prophecies of doom.
Regarding the cookies, here is one easy method: offer a bonus.
Therefore when your customer makes a purchase, there's a reason for him to make sure he buys through your affiliate link (Clickbank has an affiliate ID tag at the bottom of the order form).
You just make it clear to your customer that in order to get your bonus he has to certify that your ID tag is at the bottom of that page.
Win-win. Problem solved.
Songwriter. Affiliate marketer. Casual gamer.