Affiliate Marketing

Learning from Chief Ramsey – You are only as good as your last service.

There are certain basic foundations of running an affiliate program such as timely checks, clear terms and conditions, consistent, acurate and timely returns processed, quick response times, good and updated creative and more. For you affiliate managers, grade yourself honestly on some of those things. How did you do the last time? How was your last service? Too many affiliate managers don’t look at this way and it leads to a lack of trust from affiliates, and that hurts the industry.

JEBCommerce now managing the Doba Affiliate Program

JEBCommerce is excited and proud to announce that starting today, we are now managing the Doba Affiliate Program! “Doba simplifies and streamlines product sourcing for the emerging market of millions of web-based entrepreneurs delving into the fray of starting and/or growing a retail business.” They are the premier drop shipping and product sourcing company on the web.

Coupon sites becoming increasingly important – #3 in series

Overall, I hope this series has shown that you can’t outright dismiss the importance of this group of affiliates. They drive an incredibly amount of sales, many are incredibly responsive, professional and really good people. Many of them I consider close friends and leaders in this field. Often times you can engage these affiliates in your couponing strategy and they can provide you with some great information and ideas. Afterall, they work with your competitors and they know what converts. They may prove to be very valuable partners.

AvantLinks' Advanced Link Encoder – One Cool Tool

And there is the second benefit for affiliates, and merchants. Since the affiliate can use a direct link, they can then pass their link juice to the merchant. I have been told of affiliates that were able to acquire a few more points on commission in turn for using the ALE exclusively and direct linking to a specific merchant. More power to the affiliates here, and an added benefit for merchants.

Why should affiliates share their contact info?

Recently I had a discussion with my fellow panelists on our Pubcon panel and this issue was brought up. One thing we all agreed on, and I want to stress here is that our top producing affiliates, overwhelmingly, are those that we have long standing relationships with. Those that we know their phone numbers, their emails, their IM’s. This is from a group of individuals that I would say have experience managing over 100 programs (total guess, I know I’ve managed over 35 myself).