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How do "CashBack" websites work? How are the sales tracked?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by truelux, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. truelux

    truelux Regular Member

    Jun 16, 2011
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    I know cashback websites make money with affiliate commission or side deals (set with the merchant). But, how are the actual sales tracked?

    Do they use a PHP script that follows the individual? From clicking a link > viewing a product > purchasing the product > getting receipt = cashback appears in their account?

    If someone visits the site (via the affiliate link) but buys a different product... Will the person get cashback? even though it was a different product? We all know the website owner will get commission...

    curious to know the answer to these :)