Anatomy of ShareASale Affiliate Links and How To Set One Up

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We recruited a new (and very promising) affiliate into a ShareASale-based affiliate program we manage. To help them facilitate conversions we created an exclusive coupon code for them to promote. Once the coupon was uploaded and assigned to them, we emailed them: We’ve added the code an exclusive ShareASale coupon (visible to you only). You Read More …

Commission Junction Now Allows Merchants to Bulk Upload Text Links

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For years I’ve pleaded with affiliate networks to follow ShareASale’s example and allow merchants to mass-upload creatives. A couple of weeks ago I’ve once again exchanged messages with Commission Junction (this time on Twitter): Yesterday I’ve noticed that CJ has introduced a new sleek “Links” interface, and has also made banner upload a little easier; Read More …

Affiliate Link Performance Metrics are Misleading

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Having analyzed how affiliates see links on 5 affiliate networks — Commission Junction, LinkShare, ShareASale, Google Affiliate Network, and AvantLink — I have noticed that 2 of these 5 (CJ and AvantLink) offer data on link performance. Commission Junction shows link’s 3-months and 7-days EPC: AvantLink, in their turn, displays link’s Conversion Rate “calculated from Read More …

Affiliate Links on Merchant Websites

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When online businesses (in further text: merchants) just discover affiliate marketing, and get really excited about the way everything works, and the opportunities that open up, it is very common to witness some of them express interest in acting in the capacity of affiliates in addition to running their own affiliate program. Naturally, the easiest Read More …

FTC to Monitor Affiliate Links in Blogs

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In continuation of my earlier posted thoughts on the effectiveness of blog reviews, it seems appropriate to now turn to the Federal Trade Commission’s plans to monitor blogs for paid/biased reviews. On Sunday, the Associated Press wrote that blogging, which continues blooming, “has taken on characteristics of community journalism — but without consensus on the Read More …