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I have a customer database of about 10,000 who have bought from my site and to whom I occasionally advertise sale items from my affiliates. Last weeks I sent out a newsletter and had about 2000 responses to my affiliate links, but zero sales. That seems odd.
My bottom line questions are this, dumb as they may be:
Are affiliate programs even worth the time & effort?
Are these programs "rigged" to deny credit for any reason?
Is anyone having any luck with affiliate programs or are these simply designed to drive traffic and deny credit for your work?
[edited by: eljefe3 at 2:20 am (utc) on Sep. 28, 2006]
Is it possible for you to re call what you where selling when you made $1,500?
Okay, i don't mean tell me, but can you not back track an see what factors came together onthat one occassion
Secondly, I have a suggestion.
Because you seem to have a consistent client base, that client base probably has a high degree of indifference to you adverts cos they see erm all the time
I am just looking into affiliate selling now
But the trick with Amazon, and I believe that this is generally true with affiliate programs, is that you can't just throw up banners and links. I find I do MUCH better when I link directly to specific products that I know will interest MY visitors, and if I presell them beforehand. I also have to update my reviews. No point in selling something to someone if they already have it.
I think about one-third of reports are negative (transactions were not tracked), but it seems likely that successful tests are not reported consistently.
I know some of you claim to make extremely good money with affiliation. And most forum members who make that claim are certainly very credible.
The problem with that thesis is that I must be a complete idiot.
Because I have been trying to make money with ClickBank, Shareasale and CJ, but for a year now I only manage to break even.
Adsense has always generously outperformed affiliation for me.
Mind you, I never use banners, I only implement textlinks in articles or reviews i write about the affiliate products I aim to sell. The articles are honest, If I dislike the product I will tell it too.
I think I have very rarely made a sale through natural traffic.
Most sales I make are through Adwords or YSM traffic.
And that kind of traffic is getting more expensive every day.
Apart from my pathetic affiliation track record, I think some of the networks, like CB, sometimes rip you off. At least, they accept merchants who I suspect to rip off their affiliates.
It has happened to me 3 times that if I start off with selling stuff for a CB merchant, I have one or two sales in the first 3 days.
Gets you very excited and motivated to bring tons of traffic to that merchants landing page. And as soon as you done that, no more sales, ever. Now since some of the CB merchants promise you to make $10.000 a day without any work or degree (and if you are interested they will get you a college degree in 3 days anyway) I do not have much faith in their business ethics.
However, I always wonder, the forum members who make so much money with affiliation, are they affiliates, or are they merchants?
And what are they doing what I am not doing? What is making the difference between a good affiliate marketer and a bad affiliate marketer? Are people really buying get-rich-instantly stuff from these silly one page yellow marker abused sales pages? Are people really prepared to buy information products meaning they have to pay for a pdf-download that they are likely to regret in a few hours?
OK, I am in the grumpy seat again...
I too suspect some merchants are cheating but the good ones I'm affiliated to never cheats (as far as I know).
Sales conversion can be a fickle thing but if you have good, targeted traffic and great copy, it should even out in the long haul.
Spyware, scumware, affiliate hijacking are issue you need to be aware of. These are commission leaks.
You drive them traffic and they build a mailing list and you get nothing for your efforts.
Indeed, a spammy trick used by many ClickBank merchants.
The offer for a free newsletter displays in an irritating pop-up.
People either sign up for the newsletter or leave the salespage.
The affiliates chances of getting commission is next to zero.