I have been, or can be if you click on a link and make a purchase, compensated via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value for writing this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I just received a program update from New York & Company, a merchant in Commission Junction. The update includes the following terms:
Affiliates may not use the New York & Company name, or any variation thereof, directly or indirectly in (a) metatags, (b) title tags, (c) hidden text, page titles or source code, and/or (d) the Affiliate’s domain or sub-domain.
That’s right… you can’t use the the merchant’s name, New York & Company, anywhere in your website. Now I can understand not allowing affiliates to bid on your name in PPC listings, but to say the affiliate website cannot have the company name anywhere in the source code is completely outrageous.
New York & Company need’s an affiliate manager that understands what affiliate marketing is.
Note: by using the phrase New York & Company in this blog post, I’ve violated the terms set forth in Commission Junction. Good thing I terminated my relationship with them, before posting this 🙂