Affiliate Marketing Profits from Home – Networks – Episode #8

by admin on December 19, 2009

Affiliate Networks

Welcome back to Affiliate Marketing Profits from home in this segment we will discuss networks what networks are around what they can do for you and how to sign up. There are several affiliate networks that you can use and they all have different programs but they all serve the same purpose. The purpose of a network is to bring publishers and merchants together, the other thing for networks to do is make a few dollars from that fusion. Some networks are all digital products like Clickbank and others are physical products and some mix both. I use a couple of networks, Linkshare, Commission Junction, Share a Sale and sometimes Clickbank.

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Show Notes

  • Intro
  • Episode 8 Introduction and News
  • Help Keep the Lights On
  • How do I pick a network?
  • Does reputation matter?
  • Large or Small Networks Better?
  • Digital or Physical Goods
  • Website Required to sign-up
  • Are payouts negotiable?

Full Script

Welcome to Scam Cast Episode 8 recorded December 19th 2009 and Happy Holidays, We will not have another podcast until after the Holidays so enjoy them and be safe. Today we will be discussing Affiliate Marketing Networks in our Affiliate Marketing Profits from Home segment, before we get into that I want to go over a few things that are going on with this podcast and some future items we are working on. Scam Cast will be moving its podcast over to The Conversations Network which is a network idea I am starting to bring some podcasts together both video and audio, Scam Cast will be going to a video version as soon as the new studio is complete, we will still produce the audio only version as well. We can still use your help on that you can go to www.scamtimes.com forward slash donate if you would like to help out with a dollar or two. Our intentions are to turn this into a scheduled weekly show that could be watched live. We also are looking for a co-host which can be done over Skype if needed If you are interested in that send an email to scamcast@scamtimes.com. We bring you the show now.

Some news as well, it has pretty much been completed I will be interviewing Roger from DazzleSmile in the next week or so and have it out for all the listeners soon, I will be asking questions about the lawsuit, why did they choose the people they did business with, and what consumers can expect from this lawsuit and is there anything in it for them. That is all coming soon on Scam Cast

Welcome back to Affiliate Marketing Profits from home in this segment we will discuss networks what networks are around what they can do for you and how to sign up. There are several affiliate networks that you can use and they all have different programs but they all serve the same purpose. The purpose of a network is to bring publishers and merchants together, the other thing for networks to do is make a few dollars from that fusion. Some networks are all digital products like Clickbank and others are physical products and some mix both. I use a couple of networks, Linkshare, Commission Junction, Share a Sale and sometimes Clickbank.

So How do I pick a network?

This depends 100% on what you are working on, what niche you are in, and how you plan to market. Some niche markets you may pick may offer mostly digital products and some will be only physical products, some of the best niches offer both. You should pick the networks you want to belong to by the offers they have and how they fit in, some networks you may never use and some you will use more often. I do not recommend signing up with only one network as you should belong to several. Now if you only have one niche site up now then you can probably stick with one network and try to give excellent results for that network, I also recommend that when you are signing up for a network that your site fits the network as some networks will deny applications.

Lets touch on a few of the networks around and what they can do for you, these are not in a particular order:

Linkshare (www.linkshare.com) is a large network, you will not have affiliate managers with this network and the clients include AT&T, Macy’s, Apple and more large names, I use Linkshare for a couple of sites and it is one of the easier ones to get accepted into.

Commission Junction (www.cj.com) as another very large network, thousands of offers for just about every niche, you can even use Commission Junction to create search results such as if I wanted to sell indoor grills I could create a link to a company’s search page that would list all the indoor grills.

ClickBank (www.clickbank.com) this is a digital network, almost everything sold is a e-book or program, now I have noticed that with Clickbank you have to be very careful as a lot of scams listed and we want to be ethical marketers so we will need to review our offers close to make sure we do not promote anything that could be seen as unethical.

Share-A-Sale (www.shareasale.com) is a smaller affiliate network that does not offer affiliate managers but provides a lot of tools, some of the clients auto approve and a lot of clients have a data feed which can be useful for some more advanced affiliate marketing and automation.

There are others icommisions, hydra, express revenue, pepper jam, cx digital copeac and many more, I do not recommend any of these networks because I have not done any business with them and I more than likely will not.

Does reputation matter?

To some people this may not matter but to me this is the main thing, when I am dealing with an affiliate marketing network I want a reputable company and one that has been around a while, I will not do business with networks who have a bad reputation, for example Azoogle has had a tarnished past and is now in litigation with dazzlesmile for this reason I will not do business with them, When you make a sale with your affiliate link the network gets your money and holds it till they get paid and the time comes to pay out, I do not want my money being held by a company who may or may not be around later. Also because I am strict on being ethical a lot of these tarnished reputations attract the wrong offers, several of the scams we have uncovered where being offered to marketers by Azoogle, NeverBlue and other networks. For this reason alone I will not work with several of these companies.

As far as large or small networks and affiliate managers does this all mater? I have never worked with an affiliate manager mostly due to the fact that they are nothing more than sales people, however they do have some benefits that can be obtained from them, if you are on a network that has affiliate managers and you are really rocking out the sales your affiliate manager will end up loving you. They will do anything to help you including opening up the door for negotiations on your pay outs, sometimes they might not be able to raise your payout but often they can. But you have to be performing. The other thing they can bring to the table is other offers you may not be aware of that would fit what you are targeting, the job of the affiliate manager would be to understand you and what you are going after. However remember they are sales people and driven by the bottom line so they can be high pressure and they may not be really interested in what you are doing if you are not performing.

I tend to drift more towards the larger networks just due to the fact that they have more stability and they will not be going away anytime soon, they also have worked the kinks out and normally operating as they should, these networks did not get big by not performing either, and the larger networks also normally bring the larger clients. Lets be honest it’s easier to sell a high dollar tv from a Best Buy offer than by one from Jim Bobs Television Sales & Repairs. Big names can bring trust.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Marika September 21, 2010 at 5:43 am

Well seems that Azoogle is now http://www.epicdirectnetwork.com/
I have run to conclusion that in this word of internet marketing You can´t trust no one, only yourself is trustworthy companion.

After reading Your article about affiliate networks and affiliate managers, who in my opinion are the people who should help affiliates cause they are the salary payers for af managers, the truth seems to be sad and stressing.

susan February 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

Just wanted to let you know that the panthera network affiliate program are scammers and won’t pay you. I worked for them for a long time and they owe me a big amount of money and refuse to pay it. BEWARE.

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