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Affiliate Marketing Backstab?

When people set out online to make some money, they usually start out as an affiliate marketer because it would be hard to begin with your own product.

There is a very dark side to affiliate marketing that most aren’t aware of.  Some unscrupulous product owners will steal your initial commission without you even knowing it.

As an affiliate your job is to send qualified targeted traffic to products in exchange for a commission when a sale is made by the product owner.  Since you are new to the game though, you might not know some of the tricks that are out there.

There are a lot of tricks that are done but today I’m going to turn you on to one easy but costly one.  That trick is what I call “domain switching.”  This is where you begin sending traffic to say a Clickbank product to see if it converts.  The vendor has a lead capture (email opt-in) form on the page in order to gather potential prospects and get them to come back if they don’t buy on their first time visiting the page.

This is a normal practice since it takes about 7 points of contact sometimes before people decide to buy.  Now this is what you need to do and what to watch for.  Before you ever begin to promote a product, opt into many different lists and track their email sales process.  You want to do this with more than one product because if you don’t like their emails or if they are an underhanded vendor, you won’t have to start all over again.  It’s a big time-saver.

When you get the emails from the different vendors, save them to a designated folder in your email account and watch the domain that they send you to.  The first part of the domain name should match-up exactly to the domain name of your initial affiliate link in front of the dot com.

For Example: www.MakeMyCarRight.com (not a real affiliate domain name) is the initial domain name where you are sending people.  Then in the email series that you begin receiving, you see the domain name: www.RightForMyCar.com.  9 times out of 10, when the vendor changed domain names, your affiliate tracking cookie is not being tracked on that new domain and you won’t get credit for the sale if one of the people that you sent to that vendor happens to purchase later when they begin receiving the emails.  Remember how I talked about multiple points of contact earlier in this post?

So do your due diligence because it will save you some time and/or money if you do.


Friday, June 3rd, 2011 Affiliate Marketing Comments Off
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