Setting Violator’s Commissions at Zero Hurts Other Affiliates

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This morning as I was reviewing affiliate applications in our clients‘ programs, I had to dig into one specific affiliate’s feedback (it was a ShareASale-based affiliate program, and they equip their advertisers with this great feature). It was their negative score that raised a red flag. This affiliate positioned himself as a coupon-oriented affiliate, but Read More …

Lori Weiman of The Search Monitor on Affiliate Paid Search Compliance

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Last week The Search Monitor, creators of the Affiliate Monitor tool, announced: The Search Monitor analyzed the compliance level of all affiliates found advertising across The Search Monitor community to create a snapshot of affiliate behavior. The analysis found that 71% of affiliates using paid search are following the program guidelines. The chart illustrates the Read More …

Case Study on Affiliate Brand Abuse in PPC (SEM) Channel

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Earlier this month @SMNWebcasts tweeted: Naturally, I was among the first folks to request the whitepaper; but only now I’ve finally found time to blog about it. The case study starts by quoting some sobering statistics from an analysis by Artinsic Interactive of “hundreds of advertisers”: There are no hard and fast industry numbers to Read More …

5 Tools to Police Affiliates Violating Trademark Restrictions

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Trademark violations happen in multiple forms, but the more frequent ones are: bidding on trademarks in paid search campaigns and registering domain names with merchant’s trademarks in them. Both of these methods yield fairly easy money to violating affiliates, and neither of these will ever stop. Also, just because you may have prohibited trademark use Read More …

Trademarked Names in Affiliate Domains

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A merchant has just asked: I have an affiliate that just registered “trademarknameproducttype.com” and is going to start marketing our new [trademark name] product line. Is this acceptable? I know he’s doing marketing for us, however he’s using our trademarked name. The intent of the above-quoted affiliate is obvious — to get the traffic which Read More …

Trademark Violators — a Type of Parasite

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While parasitism in affiliate marketing frequently being synonymized only with downloadable applications that intrude with the end user’s shopping experience with a purpose of facilitating cookie setting/swap on the customer’s machine, the term should really include everyone who is extracting wealth from merchants/advertisers without assisting them in any way to produce it. Trademark poaching is Read More …