| 6:09 am on Sep 17, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I'm sure there is, but using free software isn't really putting a great message out to your affiliates. If they see you are using free software, it implies either that you are cheap, or that you're probably not doing too well in the sales area, IMO.
That having been said, I just did a search for "free affiliate software" and there appears to be quite a few out there. Maybe do a search for whatever software you are looking for and "review". That hopefully will give you an idea.
| 4:41 am on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
ok yeah, well we have developed in coldfusion. anyone aware of any management software out there in cf that we could merge with our current site?
| 5:02 am on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Altogether, unless someone has prior knowledge or relationship with either the merchant, the affiliate manager or it's a known brand, using software tracking through a reputable third party network lends a lot more credibility to a program.
The trust level is super important and personally, an unknown with an in-house program and tracking doesn't exactly warm my heart.
| 5:33 am on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
so your saying in a sense people have the believe its essentially letting the fox in the hen house. i know alot of bigger companys get away with it like amazon but thats the "known brand" yoru talking about. so yea i was thinking it would be a good idea to use a in house program, and use a network that of course by marketers would be trusted a ltitle more , in them believing that the broker there dealing with is going to be truthful aobut the click thru or pay out accouting.
| 8:56 am on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Okay, if there is no popular free affiliate software out there (popular here I mean something like phpbb for forum, etc), could anyone recommend the most popular commercial affiliate software (i.e. something like VBulletin Board for forum).
I prefer LAMP platform i.e. php script.
| 9:15 am on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
There's plenty of affiliate tracking software out there, free and otherwise, but that isn't the only point being made here. And no one will post a link to any, you'll have to go hunting through a free scripts site or do a search at your favorite search engine.
| 11:40 am on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)|
i think what we are going to do, is just take a look at what the paid and free affiliate marketing platforms for a in house situation offer. like how the inter face layout is , what particular features and actions are offered. pick out the ones that best suit us and build the thing from scatch in coldfusion! many php developers aren't really into actually developing anything on there own merely constructing modules such a droopal or joomla or whatever! MAKE YOUR OWN BRO! make it to be used with some other modular system and either give it away on a site and make money on advertising adsense or something. WORK! HAHA
| 6:34 am on Sep 22, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I agree with cdcaveman. Free software might look easier at first but will be a lot of troubles later when you want to customize it. my company has an in-house developer team to create our own affiliate tracking system. Even though we design and customize to specifically support our works , we still have a lot of things need to be improved time to time.
| 9:42 pm on Sep 22, 2008 (gmt 0)|
i'll tell you from talking with associates. having an affiliate marketing platform inhouse when still yet a small company really doesn't work that well . from what i hear anyway. trust is a huge issue. even if you are very honest it doesn't matter because of the overwhelming about of pour sentiment out there about scamming. so that is where i'm sort of pro using a larger firm that is a ad broker. yet im' not sure what large set up fees or deposits might be associated wiht that. the other thing is that there is already traffic to these brokage sites. so your exposure is automatically alot greater