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Now I plan to promote my affiliate program to get more affiliates. Can someone please let me know if joining CJ or others really help? Basically I don't need their software, only their network to promote. If there is any better way to promote, please kindly advise.
Thanks a lot.
The problem is that CJ will try to get you to join their software parasite affiliate partners while claiming they screen these out. This involves you paying repeatedly for customers you already acquired, while your affiliates are cheated.
Their tracking not only sucks, but even when parasites are not involved sometimes the wrong affiliate is credited with the sale. I know this because it happened to me, and it seems to have occurred within the CJ system itself. Some!"£$%^*** nicked my sale.
Linkshare is parasited out the wazzoo so they are a no-go area as well and Performics' link generation facilities were ten years behind the times, last I knew.
Use Shareasale if you want affiliates to take you seriously. A merchant who joins Shareasale when they could have chosen one of the other two is showing a certain level of awareness of the issues at hand - and is in with a good chance of still having a viable business long after the other network's pet parasites have bled their merchants dry.
Oh and one in 27 isn't bad. You might find only one in 100 affiliates actively promote you. Often an affiliate will apply long before they intend to use you because they know a merchant can take six months to accept them. Or they join you and wait to make sure you are going to be around a while, or to see if you pay on time / generate any affiliate complaints.
Many a merchant has terminiated a superaffiliate prematurely for lack of activity. The chances of getting back in that affiliate's good graces are minimal without a lot of grovelling!
If you wanted to, you could send a nice mail to the other 26 saying you noticed they are not promoting you and is there anything you can do to help.
[edited by: Alex_Miles at 3:06 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2006]
I will check shareasale's website to learn more about its policies. Too bad they have raised the fee:-) Maybe I will keep my in-house affiliate program and create one through shareasals at the same time.
The day HTML links are no longer avalailable is the day an awful lot of affiliates may stop sending traffic through CJ. As it stand now if you have a program on CJ & elsewhere there's a pretty good chance affiliates will pick yours up direct or on another network.