A merchant which already has a pay-per-sale affiliate program in place, and is considering tapping into pay-per-call advertising, has emailed me the following question: Do you think affiliates are commonly motivated to build affiliate marketing campaigns for the promise of lead-based commissions on phone sales? We’re slightly dubious of this […]
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One of very few theoretical and more academically-written books on affiliate marketing (if not the only one) is the Strategic Affiliate Marketing by S. Goldschmidt, S. Junghagen and U. Harris published in 2003. While discussing the basics of affiliate marketing, the authors spend time looking at “Affiliates’ Characteristics” (p. 51-52).
I’ve noticed several people searching my blog for average PPL/CPL (pay per lead / cost per lead) rates, and decided to do a bit of research to publish those here. I have identified 13 service categories, and analyzed PPL payouts in each category across such networks as Commission Junction, LinkShare
Affiliate marketing is essentially a Cost Per Action marketing. When there is performance/action — you pay your affiliates. Performance can be of several types, but the most frequently valued ones are sales and leads. Therefore, online businesses either pay a percentage (or a flat amount) of every sale an affiliate