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Reccomendations for Affiliate Software for merchants?

7:30 pm on Jul 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am looking to start an affiliate program for my website. I am a fairly small niche business. I will not be recruiting affiliates, just people who come to my site and want to sign up.

I want the ability for affiliates to view their sale reports and I want to be able to set the time limit for a cookie on the sale. My site is written in ASP and is hosted on a Windows server.

Any recommendations?

2:42 pm on July 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The cost to install and configure a script on your server for this is quite likely to be greater than the cost to use one of the lower-cost affiliate networks; I like ShareASale (and used it to launch a new affiliate program last fall). Their cost is relatively low $250 setup, $100 minimum deposit against commissions and fees; and their fee is 20% of the amount paid to affiliates.

If you're looking for a solution that can also be used for your own PPC and paid advertising, then a locally-hosted script may make sense, but unfortunately the cost of a quality script with good support is going to be much greater.

4:22 pm on July 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Directtrack dot com is also an option. Though, their setup and monthly fees are higher.
2:36 am on July 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am in a similar situation as danaj. We have a niche product and receive interest in an affiliate program, too.

I think it would be helpful and interesting to hear the opinions of those who participate actively in affiliate programs:
- Does using a 3rd party site (like shareasale.com) over a script hosted by the publisher increase credibility and chances of an affiliate participating?
- Will using a 3rd party site increase the number of affiliates who sign up (and sell) because they find you listed in the directory?
- Does accepting phone orders significantly decrease affiliate participation?


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