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I haven't seen this happen on other networks. Is this a common practice? Just happens to CJ.com programs? Happens all the time (not in my short experience)?
I have my own conclusions why this may happen, but would appreciate a comment from someone who's been in this business for a while. Would be interesting to hear about company's logic behind such a move.
In the future I would like somehow to be able to recognize such short-sited companies and not waste my time with them.
So it's not just you, and I know no way of predicting what companies will do it--it's not established versus flash in the pan, because both kinds of companies do it.
Seems like they may do it if other companies in the same area seem to do well with lower rates, and they drop theirs to match, or because they've got the business going to the extent that they don't feel they NEED affiliates as badly....
[edited by: eljefe3 at 4:04 am (utc) on Sep. 18, 2004]
If you want to avoid drops in the future, pay attention to the economic trends and competitive dynamics in your market. If you want to free yourself from having to predict these industry trends with total accuracy, diversify.
If you want to free yourself from having to predict these industry trends with total accuracy, diversify.
Yeah, sure, that's why there's so many programs out there. And yet when your good performers drop below par, it hurts - financially speaking of course.
These 2 companies are from entirely different industries. I thought it was an unlikely event to occur that they both did it in the same month and same %.
The other said - surprise here :) "our affliliate manager is currently away at the Commission Junction conference, he will get back to you when he's back in the office".
Pretty funny if you ask me.
One of the advertisers just got back to me and said they ran a promotion in August, which was 25% over their regular promotional %, and everyone was accepted by default. That was true, I just missed it. So it is not a drop, it is "going back to regular rate".
If your merchant does drop their rates, they might not be doing it because of valued affiliates like you. Identify yourself. Show them your track record. Good performing affiliates are not easy to find. If I'm doing well for a merchant I waste no time in asking for more money.
For one CJ merchant I sell about ten of their $50 widgets per day. I didn't know how I compared with other affiliates. I didn't really care.
They advertised a 6% commission on CJ. After a month of sales I asked for a raise. They told me I was a "power seller," thanked me, and bumped my commissions up to 10%.
It never hurts to ask.