Not at all. But with any program it depends how much your visitors are prequalified and how well the program converts in general.
The TD programs that I use all convert at least 1%. I have tried others, found they don't convert, so moved on. I would suggest you move on ..
As a major supplier of leads to various programs, I have had some nasty tracking issues with TD, which were only rectified under threat of bad publicity.
Make a test purchase if it's practical for you to do so, it may save you some time/money.
I have not seen a conversion rate above 0 for any of the three networks I have tried though I must admit I dont have a very big budget to try things out with and I am sending direct to merchant at the moment. (I would move to sending traffic to my own site as has been recommended to me but I have enough trouble with merchants approving me now without building a whole bloomin site only to be turned down ;O) )
Is there any way of knowing if the tracking is not working without buying a product?
My site gets over a million page views a month, however it's about *pets* other than amazon, adsense are there any other programs which would work for my site or which would generally "work for any site". Repeated searches on google have left me extremely confused, to confound matters I am from the UK. If you know of any good *general* programs or of course specific about one type of pet is all good....
Many thanks - please sticky me if you can't post urls here not sure of the TOS? Obviously I know now to avoid tradedoubler :) :) How good is CJ?
I am disillusioned with adsense as these page views contribute to just over a mere $100 a month.
CJ are as good as you'll get in terms of networks tracking and payment. Sure they get some rogues but in general a CJ merchant is a financially sound, reliable company.
However, there is no guarantee that you'll get your "pet" traffic to convert. I'd be surpried if a good percentage of your vistor's weren't children, who are not renowned for their spending habits.
Hope this helps!
Yes you are right after some research (polls and things) I have deduced about 20-30% is under 18s. Which takes out a significant section. Thanks for the reply - i have read your posts and though i would dearly love to see your sites from what you post it's all good sensible stuff and from the sounds of things making you a packet, nice one. Are there any other major merchants that you would recommend?
One I have seen but not tried is ukaffiliates, check out (cant link but you will get what I mean) the associate programs site for more
I work for TradeDoubler UK and felt compelled to address some of the issues raised on this thread.
TradeDoublers tracking and reporting is as good as, if not better than any mainstream US or UK network - and this is from feedback from all publishers I have spoken with.
Accelerator, generally 100 unique visitors sent to an advertiser should convert to one sale/lead. 230 UVs is not enough to assess how well the advertisers are working on your site. If you are unsure how well an advertiser performs before putting them live, Google their name and check both paid and organic listings for the tell tale signs.
Michael, as far as I can gather from the several conversations we have held over the last few weeks you are happy with TradeDoubler, so I am surprised to see your feedback.
If anyone has a query, please feel free to contact me.
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Nick, my apologies if my post offended. As you may recall, this was a small hiccup in our otherwise excellent relationship.
On the whole, Tradedoubler is second only to CJ in terms of merchant quality and reliability, and if one's market is Europe then TD are number 1.
So, my apologies if my post gave the impression that TD are not to be trusted. In fairness, I've had similar problems with ALL the networks at some point, and my advice remains unchanged - test purchases are the only way to gain proof of a problem.