Good tips all, Reed. How does one get “inside the loop?” That is, become an affiliate prior to launch?
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Excellent information as always Reed. Definitely drop that merchant if your emails go unanswered. Chances are that you will not be paid either.
Think of it as a joint venture. You really are partnering with the merchant. You’re depending on their professionalism, integrity and sound business practices and they are relying on your sales skills and integrity as well.
You obviously have an interest in the product or you wouldn’t be marketing it.
Remember if they are not a click bank merchant or the like, then they are responsible to pay you directly. You need that direct communication to know if this is a good fit for both of you.
Creating that direct relationship with the merchant should be an integral part of your affiliate business plan.
Greetings Reed, Thomas Richmond here, very good info, so i guess this makes me a merchant? Hope you and your family have great weekend my friend. 🙂 God_bless you
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Good point Reed, the problems sustain if we as affiliate may have overlook the merchants probability in market, what we should do is still doing our homework research the merchants whether it is marketable or not.After taking these steps into consideration we may engage business communications with them and start implementing pre sales application.That’s all
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The personal touch works very well!
Another good post. It does take a while to get to know the merchants. Some are only interested in selling you more of teir own products. If they are not making you any money, you might have to rethink your relationship. It should be a two way street.
I have had several who never answered and never paid. A personal relationship always helps in any business and eventually leads to special invitations from the merchant.
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Choosing to do business with the established merchants is a really a good business strategy. You have indeed pointed out some important things to take note when one associates with a merchant, for the quality of the merchant’s product and service will impact on the affiliate’s credibility as well.
absolutely agree with you ……
communication is always key, whether dealing with
merchants, affiliates or subscribers. Lasting relationships are built on open and honest communication.
Thank You so very much. This is the first time someone has given me clear direction about doing Affiliate work.
Hey Reed, Being “out in the crowd” is a good way to be in this business, It doesn’t cost anything to ask a question or just say hello. Conversation is free and you never know what may come up.A big part of this business is communication so you better get used to it now.
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the informations i’ve just read on this site concerning how to work with merchants opens my knowledge to a new awareness concerning affiliate marketing.wioth reed floren, i’m optimistic of getting the right info.thanks alot reed.
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Building relationships with the merchant is important. He can give you tips, advice and tools to help you promote better.
You can reciprocate giving him feedback about the product and of course selling more.
This relationship should be based on trust on both sides… you and the merchant will benefit a lot from this.
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It’s true on what you mentioned. It’s not as easy as it is to find good Affiliates & a Merchant to work with.
Like you said, we need to ask & follow-up. We learn from trail & errors “Seek & We Shall Find, Ask & We Shall Get.”
So, be persistant & don’t give-up. Take ACTION.
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Reed, Good points. I find if I communicate closely and almost personally with a Merchant’s affiliate manager, I get tips and data and info that really help me perform better.
Also, they’ll offer the affiliate a better commission rate once you’ve shown some good sales volumes. Communication everywhere is KEY to business success!
I don’t know? I think I made one of the super affiliate’s mad as hell. I made him a proposal that I think he may have taken offense to. Reed,Remind me to tell you what I did to Frank! Either he is laughing too hard to get back to me,or as I suspect, he is pissed off, and won’t answer me! Anyway, I just wanted to give the little “G” bots something to do so your ratings will improve!Alright Big Daddy, Now go and change a diaper and make some money! Baby needs a new pair of shoes! Hey, who takes the complex down to it’s essence for ya baby? That’s right! Good old Quasimodo and he is outta here! See ya! am
That is good advice. Contacting the owner of the product and getting his advice will usually generate much needed help. I have found that they will give you everything you need to sell their item. Thanks for another great article. Talk with you later.
To be honest, relationships with most merchants is positive, as they supply everything necessary to promote their product.
These merchants are professional and are in frequent contact with you about their latest promotional material.
With others though I have had,on occasion, to email them personally to tell them what I think about their product and landing page. Up to now they have responded positively to my feedback and have implemented my suggestions.
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Thanks for the heads up..We use this advice in our everyday lives; business should be no different. I don’t think the negative side should surface very often, but thanks for letting everyone know it is possible.
Excellent information. I get very frustrated when I write to a marketer and no response. Normally I loose interest in his products.
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I’m starting a traffic exchange that will bring traffic to tangible products sites and I’d like to know what I can do to get in touch with lots of site owners who need a way to get more traffic and real visitors who will buy their products. I’m planning to have it set up where the surfers will get a discount from the merchant and offer them a way to use their account cash to buy the products and transfer it to the merchant after the sale.
Do you think this will fly?
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Great points. Everybody in business is looking for sales so they will be open to new ways of promoting their products or services. As you say they may be busy but once they know the power of the internet and share your plans they will be happy to allow you to promote for a commission
Those are great points, to take in consideration before one takes the leap!
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Reed that was very good information.
I never would have thought to do that.
As always you are right on the money.
Keep up the good work.
I’d like to add that when communicating with the merchant, ask if they will put your tracking code on their site so you can see what keywords are making sales. This can save you a lot of money! If not, don’t quit because their are other ways to get the same information.
@Paul one of my sites can help with that http://productcalendar.com/
@Pat completely agree
@Thomas anyone with their own product can be a merchant
@Roy I may have some in December but I will have one in January for sure
@Ari it takes research
@normz2 agreed it should be 2-way
@David agreed I’ve had the same problems as well 🙁
@Zach completely agree
@Tim relationships are everything
@Melody you’re welcome
@taofeek not sure what you are referring to
@PV that’s how I built my business – relationships
@Frankie Action is key
@bob tell me more sounds like another fun bob adventure
@John you’re welcome
@Terence that always feels good to see them try your suggestions
@Lea you’re welcome
@Emmanuel I do too but I will say it is hard to keep up with all the emails that we get
@Becky I’d suggest contacting the various internet marketers you follow and see if they’d be interested in it
@Ernie great tip
Nice to read a post about the Merchant’s side of the coin. Have tried promoting for Merchants who offered very little to no support and figured out it is mush easier to work with those who provide help and support as it shows a level of commitment to their affiliates.
This helps the relationship tremendously and benefits both the merchant and the affiliate.
Surprising that all merchants don’t seem to see it that way.
@Chris agreed I highly recommend only working with those who will actually make an effort and get it that affiliates can really boost their businesses
I personally try to always contact the merchants whose products I plan on promoting. Generally they are very helpful, and they will offer some good advice if they actually do care. If they don’t respond to my emails, then I never endorse their products.
On the other hand, if merchants are very helpful, then I endorse their products heavily, and it is often possible to get higher commissions from the merchant
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@Shawn that’s a very good thing to do.
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