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Two Questions to all Affiliates
Who has the power
The Innovator

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 5377 posted 4:17 am on Oct 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Two Questions...

1. Within the affiliate structure, Who has the power?

2. Who should have the power.

Im not in the position to spell it out but true visionaries know the point I'm getting to..



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Msg#: 5377 posted 4:03 am on Oct 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

True power?

The person with the credit card on his keyboard.

Sorry if it does not meet your definition of visionary... but thats how we look at things at Casa Shri. :)


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Msg#: 5377 posted 4:53 am on Oct 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Nice one shri.

True power are those that move markets whether it is in the financial world, or the affiliate world.

To get at your point if you control a huge segment of any affiliate market, you can bounce numbers of off competing programs and get the terms that are best for you.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 5377 posted 8:09 pm on Oct 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

If the merchant has the hottest offer for their particular niche I'd say the merchant generally has the power. All applicable publishers will want to advertise the offer since it is what makes them the most money.

If the merchant does not have a hot offer then the publisher will obviously have the power because the merchant will have to convince (persuade) a publisher to run their offer.


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Msg#: 5377 posted 8:22 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I agree it always the merchants who will have the power.
A merchant perceives the ROI for a customer and gives a bonus/reward structure based on it.

Ex: Look at the recent growth in the online poker industry.
4 yrs back hardly anyone knew about it, today everyone is becoming an affiliate for them due to high returns they offer to affs and also value for money for the players.

the merchant will always have the power as he drives the industry and affiliates are like distributors or networking channel.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 5377 posted 1:40 am on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you are a big affiliate you become an important part of the merchant's business, and other merchants will compete for you to be their affiliate. In that case, the affiliate has quite a bit of power.

If you are a smaller affiliate you have no power whatsoever, you have to be very careful.

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