But establishing direct affiliate marketing relationships is extremely challenging for a number of reasons, which we’ll get into below. While there are certain instances when a direct relationship makes sense, most affiliates will be better off accepting that networks are part of the equation and focusing on finding the right merchants and maximizing referrals.
— Many of our partners we know personally. Our selection process is mainly based on the personal talk. We don’t provide any severe control like «If you don’t make 100 leads per day, you are not interesting for us». We know that every affiliate can grow from 100 to 1000 leads per day and become one of our top partners. We have a partner who knew nothing about running traffic on Facebook. But we consulted him and he started bringing really great results. And when some of his ad accounts got blocked, but we didn’t turn our back on him, on the contrary, we helped him to get his accounts unblocked and reach the same volumes again. We don’t give up on anyone, as all of us are one big team.
The “matchmaking” service–offering access to a pool of merchants–is the role of a network that likely comes to mind first. But the administrative workload handled by networks can’t be overlooked; they handle all the tracking, reporting, and payment processing that arises during the steps shown above. While that might not seem like much, it can add up to a significant amount of time each week.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you only promote one merchant’s products, you are stuck with their commissions, their landing pages, and ultimately, their conversion rates. It is important to work with many different merchants in your niche and promote a wide range of products. This affiliate marketing strategy will diversify the amount of commissions you make and create a steady stream of revenue when building an affiliate website.
For example, building up a big base of traffic won’t deliver much of a reward if you’re working with the wrong affiliate offers. Similarly, doing a great job marketing the ideal offers to an extremely small traffic base won’t translate into much revenue. Each of these three points must be implemented and improved together, or else you won’t see results.
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— The most widespread risk our partners might face is spending $1000 on advertising, and having generated 100 leads, and only 20 of them having the approved orders. So they are left with minus $200. The main metric for them is the approval rate. This can also happen due to different reasons. For example, due to the ad campaign being launched at the nighttime. We are already optimizing all the processes. Our partners get paid beforehand and if the buy-out is low, that’s we who take all the risks.
Take the email below from Paperless Post, for example. I love the header of this email: It provides a clear CTA that includes a sense of urgency. Then, the subheader asks a question that forces recipients to think to themselves, "Wait, when is Mother's Day again? Did I buy Mom a card?" Below this copy, the simple grid design is both easy to scan and quite visually appealing. Each card picture is a CTA in and of itself -- click on any one of them, and you'll be taken to a purchase page.