Merchants: Why You Need To Partner With An Affiliate Network

For some reason, in one of the niche’s I’m in, over half of the merchants that have affiliate programs decided to use (or create) an in-house system, avoiding networks. While there may be some benefits to using an in-house system (such as avoiding network fees & overhead), I think in the long run, merchants will have greater success with their affiliate program if they use a network.

Networks not only handle the tracking and payments for an affiliate program, but they also act as the policemen, making sure affiliates are not defrauding merchants, and that merchants are not cheating affiliates out of their commissions.

But when an in-house program is used, affiliates must assume that what is reported in the tracking reports is accurate, and hope they get paid on time.

Affiliate Networks help manage the Circle of Trust

Lately, that hasn’t been the case for one particular merchant I’m promoting. Tracking is way off and completely inaccurate (for example, they tried to tell me I sold -40 subscriptions last month (that’s negative forty. When I questioned this, they sent over a new report with new numbers, but insisted the payment was not affected)). In addition, payment was late this month.



Affiliate Management e-Book Review

Affiliate Management e-Book

Affiliate Management e-Book

Greg Hoffman announced today the availability of his newest e-book, Affiliate Management for Ma, Pa and the Corporate Clueless. This 40-page PDF includes 5 steps to affiliate program success as well as a worksheets to help you complete your competitive analysis, a monthly reporting template, and a checklist to make sure your affiliate program has all of the necessary components to be competitive in your niche.