I have blogged about the problem of disabled cookies, and how situations when the end users refuse to accept cookies may hurt the affiliate tracking. In my response I have mentioned that there is one “if” and that is “if the platform chosen by the merchant relies on cookies for tracking” then the tracking will be affected.
There are, on the other hand, platforms — and by “platforms” I mean both affiliate software, and affiliate networks — that do not depend on cookies for tracking. Tracking may also be based on the end-user’s IP, or be URL-based (when affiliate IDs are being embedded in each URL), or incorporate a number of other solutions that aren’t tied to cookies.
Here’s a brief list of software providers and affiliate networks that support cookie-less affiliate tracking:
If you know of any other cookie-less (or cookie-free) affiliate tracking solution providers, feel free to mention them below, and I’ll happily add them to the above lists.