Since the release of WordPress Goldmine. I’ve had several emails asking how people can get approved as an affiliate. I know only too well how difficult it can be as I was rejected so many times by affiliate programs in the past. What I find funny is that some of the very same companies who turned me down 6 months ago are now writing to me asking me if I would like to be an affiliate for them. I wonder if it’s anything to do with the $200,000 in sales I made over Christmas for one vendor who was happy to accept me as an affiliate?
(I haven’t taken them up on their kind offers but I have sent them back the rejection emails they sent me!)
The are 2 distinct areas to look at here. Getting accepted by Affiliate networks and getting accepted my merchants. You would think that it would be a simple matter of getting accepted by an affiliate network but that is not always the case. I may have told this story before in this blog but it’s worth telling again.
“Four months ago I wanted to promote a certain product through one of my websites. I applied to the affiliate network through which the merchant operated and got turned down immediately with no explanation. This wasn’t the first time it had happened in fact it was rapidly becoming the norm.
Later the same day I spoke to a friend of mine in the United States and I mentioned how frustrated I was getting at being unable to promote many products that I wanted to promote. I explained what happened earlier in the day and gave her the details of the network concerned. She then asked her mother to try to join the network.
My friend’s mother phoned up the network and asked to join. When asked what her website address was she told them she didn’t have one yet. When asked what she wanted to promote she replied that she didn’t know yet. She got accepted and given her account details immediately.”
In this case it was because I lived outside the United States that I got turned down.
So what is the solution to the problem of not getting accepted by both networks and merchants.
The first thing to do is to set up a blog page and create a sort of CV of your online experience and any sucessful sites you have. Include contact details inc email and skpye, Yahoo! MSN etc. Obviously this will be a bit blank if you are starting out but persevere with it as it will build up over time.
The most important thing to do if you get a rejection is to email or phone the affiliate manager concerned and ask them why they rejected you and explain exactly how you intend to market their products. You will often find that the rejections are automatically generated (maybe to stop people signing up for 100’s of accounts) and that as soon as you contact them they will be happy to accept you.
I have found that I got accepted by about 75% of the programs I contacted in this way.
If you would like to read a bit more about this topic I wrote an article last month that was published in the February edition of Affiliate Classroom Magazine you can get a copy by downloading it from www.affiliateclassroom.com at the time of writing it is still available from the front page. Later in the month you’ll need to grab it from the back issues section (http://www.affiliateclassroom.com/magazine/download/issues.html)
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