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Best UK Affiliate Network to invest in
6 month old site, looking to start affiliate scheme

 4:07 pm on Oct 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi There

I look after a site that has been trading properly for around 6 months and is ticking over on adwords. The client would like bigger exposure and is willing to fork out so long as they can get the sales back.

I figured an affiliate scheme was a good way to go as we'd be only be paying out on actual sales which is fine as the margin on the product is good.

I've fished around and there are quite a few but the prices and styles vary wildley. The one i'd like to go with is also the most expensive set-up and a high monthly fee, and hence might not provide the best ROI, but if it does then the fees would not be a problem.

What are peoples experiences on which UK schemes have the best reach, support and value for money.




 10:27 pm on Oct 5, 2005 (gmt 0)


If your the site has been up and running for 6 months then that probably puts you in the SME market and there are networks who specialise in this area with lots of SME clients - good reach of niche affiliates as well as some of the larger affiliates and low monthly costs.

Paidonresults if they will take you or Affiliate Future would be the better choices in my opinion for an SME looking to make a good start

Hope that helps



 5:02 pm on Oct 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi There

I like the look of Paidonresults particularly, although they've not got back to me on pricing yet, thanks for the input.

Anyone else want to chuck in their 2p's worth?


norton j radstock

 2:13 pm on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

As a publisher, the schemes that give by far the best results in the UK are Commission Junction, Tradedoubler and Affiliate Window. Don't try to cut corners on cost if you want results.

However you should also look at the other merchants each programme has on its list as a specialism might be relevant -for example Online Media Group has by far the strongest UK list in the financial sector.


 5:14 pm on Oct 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you want happy affiliates and a network that puts some effort in, you shouldn't have to look much further than Buy(dot)at. They've had some good recent signings and a really easy to use interface.

Just my 2 pence worth



 2:42 am on Oct 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yep, buy.at are great. Fantastic staff.

Somebody recommended Paid on Results in your thread and I would certainly recommend them. I belong to about eight UK affiliate networks and would say Paid on Results is my personal favourite.

I know Clarke, Graeme and the other people running the network and they are all hardworking, dedicated people, who provide a fantastic level of service. They have very low fees.

A poll was done recently on a4uforum.co.uk and the most popular UK network came out to be Affiliate Window. So they are also worth considering too.

If you'd like any advice on the UK networks, feel free to give me a shout through the forum :)


 8:11 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys,

We've gone ahead with paidonresults after getting accepted. I also like the look of buy.at, some nice merchants they're working with so will be worth sounding them out in the future.



 10:29 am on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi Hughie

Great move I am glad you took my advice . Clarke will look after you.

Just a quick note and I hope you take this in the spirit its meant but buy.at will not take your program on board as I try my hardest not to corss swords with Paidonresults as Clarke is a someone I know and respect.

You will be fine with the network you have chosen they are good guys who know what their doing.



 2:29 pm on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

That's admirable Malcolm - though I think the pie is big enough for everybody to take a few slices. I know Clarke and he wouldn't see anything wrong with affiliate programs being on both networks would he?

When companies ask me which network to go with I always recommend POR, buy.at and AW. Buy.at is definitely better than so many others I could mention and the staff are certainly the friendliest and most approachable. I'd give the company 9 out of 10, the 1 missing because of the interface which I know you are updating: make sure the font size is bigger in the new version! :)

P.S. Mal - when is the new interface due to be launched approximately?


 4:49 pm on Oct 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi Mate

I am sure he wouldnt have a problem with it , all the more reason not to do it in my book. Clarke is a friend ad I want POR to get as much pie as they can we have plenty to be going on with :-)

9 out of 10 is good but ill get you that extra 1 soon mate :-) Delays have come as other developments took priority - an improved interface is important but not as important as other things as its not broke just could do with a touch up to bring us level with some of the more intuative interfaces out there . After seeing some competitor networks make an arse of interface upgrades I want to make sure ours is bang on like everything else we try to do.

Cheers for the support mate comments like yours make it easy to get out of bed in the mornings to come and do it all again.



 4:26 pm on Oct 31, 2005 (gmt 0)


I'm planning my budget for a new site that will be launching this month and I was wondering if you could give me some 'ballpark' prices of how much I should budget to become a merchant who is available on the affiliate networks.

I realise that this is probably on a case by case basis, but some ballpark pricing would allow me to either dismiss it for now or to build it into my budget.



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