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Affiliate program quoted me £5,000 ! to signup as merchant.
...then dropped to £2500, then to £1500.....

 11:54 am on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)


Iíve been quoted between £1,500 - £5,000! signup costs to join an affiliate program as a merchant. How low do they go..?

Would an affiliate program prefer to turn away the monthly ongoing fee because Iím reluctant to pay the extortionate joining fee?

Iíd really like to know what I should be paying to join these networks as a merchant. Can someone please shed some light.

Iím guessing this is highly negotiable but do I need to put a case towards them why itís in their interest to have me on their books as a merchant?




 11:53 am on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

They've already done the math - and probably they've been ripped off a few times, hence the high bar to entry.

You can bet that it's aimed at their interests, not yours, and you need to do your own math to decide if it's worth the risk.

It's not very likely they will rewrite their TOS to suit you ... why would they? If they're getting that kind of money, they'd be pretty stupid to give anyone a waiver.

There's many thousands of affiliate schemes - find one that suits your pocket. Just remember that they are all 'for profit' - theirs; not necessarily yours.


 11:57 am on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

You need to think if it is worth the money.

Could you set up and run an affiliate campaign for less?

How many affiliates could you sign up on your own vs. through an affiliate network?


 9:26 pm on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

There are some reputable affiliate networks that are free to join in the UK.

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