Over the past few days I have reviewed over a hundred of affiliate applications into a program I manage, but 3 particularly stood out. One of them was from the UK, one from Serbia and one from Indonesia. These applications can be gathered into one group, because all three had one thing in common — established trademarks in the domains of their websites. Here are some interesting screenshots:
None of the above applications were into Apple’s or Travelocity’s affiliate programs. But does this mean there is no reason for concern? Quite the contrary! If they are squatting on trademarks of other merchants, there is no guarantee that they won’t do the same to you. I declined each of the above affiliate applications, and suggest that other affiliate program managers handle such situations in a similar manner.
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