Are Affiliates Getting Fired?


An alarming trend seems to be catching on with popular merchants lately. The trend is the tendency for some of these companies to begin discriminating against new or inexperienced affiliates and actually FIRE them!

Removing an unproductive affiliate is understandable; however, having a ridiculous screening process that only allows websites with thousands of visitors to squeeze through almost seems ridiculous.

Now in defense of merchants and affiliate programs: If a program finds that one of their affiliates is using their company's banner and link on "unethical" or completely unrelated websites, then yes, that affiliate should be dropped.

However, for the everyday work-at-home man or woman hoping to make a stable income through affiliate marketing - at least give them a chance! The bottom line is that affiliate marketing is still a young, but powerful industry with MUCH room for growth. The only way we can fuel this growth is if we provide the proper training to the new members.

If we just fire the new members and use the "no experience" excuse, then how are we ever going to expand the industry?

We at The Affiliate Classroom have spent the last few weeks getting to know many affiliate managers and companies on a personal level and have asked them questions about this matter. My conclusion is that every affiliate should be given a chance. If "deleted" from the system, there should be a very good reason.

In some of our research, as we read some of the terms of service, we were surprised to find some "credible" affiliate programs who were dropping affiliates if they did not earn a certain "minimum" in a given period. In my opinion, that is simply ridiculous.

Here is our personal opinion and conclusion regarding this matter:

When to remove affiliates?

- Their actions can "hurt" your company.
- They are strictly violating company policy.
- They have inaccurate contact information.
- They have been "completely" inactive for a period of 3 months or more.

When it is wrong to remove affiliates?

- Their website does not get enough traffic.
- They did not meet a "quota" even though they were trying.
- They are new and have questions.

Do not get me wrong, most affiliate programs are still doing it right - they are treating their affiliates properly. However, I am alarmed with a growing trend of being far too selective. This trend is blocking out the "new affiliates" and is not fair to the industry.

If you are a new affiliate, contact the affiliate program first and make sure that you will receive the kind of support you need.

If you are an experienced affiliate, understand that the larger the industry gets, the better it is for you. Super affiliates will get paid more as the industry becomes more recognized.

If you are an affiliate manager, my question to you is "why does it bother you?" It hardly costs a company anything to have an affiliate in their system. So what if the affiliate referred $300 in sales rather than your minimum $500? By relying so heavily on "super affiliates" you are placing too many eggs in one basket.

Why not work with the beginners, train and help them - gain their loyalty and you will truly build a great sales force (a lesson we can learn from network marketing or MLM).

In the end it is the decision of the affiliate manager and the company. However, The Affiliate Classroom is standing firm on our opinion that new affiliates should be giving a fair chance and never discriminated against.

Copyright 2005 Kurma Group

This article has been authored by Anik Singal, the founder of The Affiliate Classroom. If you want to learn his system that helped him make over $10,466 in 60 days please visit the following link to enroll into a free course: www.AffiliateClassroom.com">http://www.AffiliateClassroom.com


MORE RESOURCES:
By  Chad Rixse, CRPS® It’s easy to feel spooked or pessimistic about the financial future with the endless material online. While there isn't sufficient evidence to suggest  a recession is anywhere near , that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. Financial preparedness should be built and maintained regardless of

Thanksgiving is a very American holiday, and not just because that is where it originated. To me, as an immigrant to this nation, one of the best things about the national psyche here is the propensity to be thankful. The families of almost all Americans have, at some point in their history, been the victims of

It s a truncated trading week with Thanksgiving this Thursday Of course this means 160 Black Friday 160 the traditional day of the year when retailers all across the country change the ink in their ledger books from red to black also happens this week which is also a half day for

In past posts, I have stated that the pundits expectations of a devastating trade war was overblown. For October, there were a record number of loaded sea container imports that passed through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The graph below shows the significant growth of import containers in October.

Shutterstock photo For most retailers, the 2018 holiday shopping season will present their biggest opportunity of the year to engage with customers. It will also represent the bulk of their annual sales.  As a result, this time of year is crucial for retailers to achieve success. With that in mind, current

It s almost as if a perfect storm of negative sentiment has descended on the markets in recent times from open critiques of Federal Reserve interest rate policy to tech leaders like 160 Facebook 160 FB 160 coming under fire for unsavory business conduct to plummeting oil prices

Today, the European Central Bank (ECB) President, Mario Draghi, made an interesting comment. The amount of times that happens can be judged by the fact that when you enter “Mario” into Google, the suggestions include a lot of “Super Mario Brothers” themed searches along with several other Marios, but you have to get

Some days there s just not much to talk about ahead of the opening bell for regular trading if there are big fluctuations in pre market activity often we must look overseas or to a particular company s unique set of circumstances to help explain the move Today is not that day we have plenty

There is no need to take any action to halt the decline of oil prices that started a month ago, even though it accelerated sharply yesterday, with both Brent and WTI shedding 7 percent and more inside a day, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said, as  quoted  by Reuters. Novak was speaking at an industry

New 160 Consumer Price Index CPI 160 numbers were just released this morning following the Producer Price Index PPI that hit the tape last week These metrics track economic inflation in the U S based on how companies are pricing their offerings compared with how much customers

Global oil demand will peak by 2040, according to a new report, although oil supply shortages could emerge before then. The International Energy Agency (IEA)  published  its highly-anticipated World Energy Outlook 2018 on Tuesday, one of the most important energy forecasting reports published each year. In this

After a blood red Monday in the U S market indexes including more than 2 sell offs on both the Dow and Nasdaq including a 600 point drop in the Big 30 we see some green across the board in today s pre market albeit relatively slight A negative supply outlook for 160 Apple 160

On the surface, things are going well in America. The unemployment rate — at 3.7 percent — is at  its lowest level in decades . Annual wage growth recently hit a nine-year high. And the latest figures from the Commerce Department show that the U.S. economy continues to grow. But that doesn’t mean all Americans are

As traders get ready for Thanksgiving next week, it seems that they are being anything but thankful. Rather than concentrating on the good news about the economy that keeps on coming, the market is casting its thoughts far and wide to find things to be concerned about. That worry is focused on three things, all of

Following the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day which brought an official end to what was then referred to as the war to end all wars in remembrance of all U S veterans we celebrate Veterans Day today It s a bank holiday and while the domestic stock market is open

Alopa.com ©