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9:42 pm on Nov 1, 2017 (gmt 0)

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If you are in affiliate programs, I'm curious your opinion. I'm wondering if this is blatant misuse of program terms which ultimately screws the publisher.

First off, the question is this. Is the onus on the advertiser or the publisher to know which products pay ZERO commission?

Secondly, who here would post a link to an advertisers website for ZERO commission products?

Thirdly, if you were an advertiser, why would you send out a newsletter with link info, promotions, easy made links to categories and products that are part of the ZERO commission products?

So what I've now seen is a company that is part of one of the big affiliate programs, that essentially offers ZERO commission on most of their products. However they send publishers weekly/daily newsletters which showcase products and have those links you click that send you to your link building pages for an easy copy/paste. So this is the debate. Who is the onus on here? With the sometimes weekly moving target of commission updates for any given publisher, how could you keep track of these nuances? However in this case, it's vast categories that offer ZERO commission. So it would be like a program with say, a shoe store, yet they change their terms so that ZERO commission on shoes but 2% on everything else. Doesn't make a lot of sense does it?
9:00 pm on Nov 3, 2017 (gmt 0)

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It makes very little cents. :-)

But ultimately, it's a mutual agreement, so if you don't like it, don't do it. If you do like it, go for it. As long as they disclose it, and make it possible for you to know which is which, I don't see any debate between many, just a decision for each affiliate.

I personally wouldn't do it, but hey, I'm a paid search guy, to me, traffic costs money, and I'm not inclined to give it (traffic or my money) away for free.
7:19 am on Nov 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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You don't think it's done in a misleading way? As in, would a court suggest it's reasonable for a publisher to assume that links being sent to them by an advertiser will result in commission? Perhaps the advertiser should need to explain why they are sending zero commission links to publishers in the first place.
7:33 am on Nov 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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That happens in every industry.
I receive many invitations to publish other's content not for money bust just to make happy to my visitors.
It is curious because these companies pay someone else to try to cheat me, and they should directly pay to me so we all would be more happy instead.
11:34 am on Nov 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I agree with RhinoFish +
He is a wise man :-)
 

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