Appeal to an International Audience

There is a key area in digital commerce where affiliates can fill an important role that is often neglected by merchants. That role: reaching people in other languages besides English. Just in the United States alone we can see the numbers for the top ten languages used in the States: English – 215 million Spanish – 28 million Chinese languages – 2.0 million + (mostly Cantonese speakers, with a growing group of Mandarin speakers) French – 1.6 million German – 1.4 million (High German) + German dialects like Hutterite German, Texas German, Pennsylvania German, Plautdietsch Tagalog – 1.2 million + Read More…

The Affiliate Program Welcome Letter

A critical component to affiliate program success will be getting your affiliates off the ground and running quickly after joining the program. I don’t have stats to back this up, but intuition tells me that affiliates who join and get links up right away are much more likely to become active earners down the road. Whereas, those affiliates that join, and put the program on the back-burner, well that’s just where the program might stay for the foreseeable future. The best tool that an affiliate manager has in their arsenal for getting an affiliate up and running is the affiliate program Read More…

Affiliate Program Health Pt. 2

Last post I offered that an affiliate program would be a healthier overall program if the affiliate program manager was able to attract and focus on a number of smaller sale volume affiliates rather than just focus on “heavy hitter” super affiliates. It’s true that the best “bang for the buck” is to get these high volume producers into your program, there are a few reasons why it could hurt the program in the long term. Consider- The super affiliate decides for some reason they no longer want to focus on or even work with your program. The reasons this Read More…

Do you let your Affiliates Deep Link?

It’s nothing new and has been around since the dawn of the Internet but deep linking is ever more critical, and if you don’t let your marketing and affiliates partners deep link then you’ re likely missing the mark, and losing customers, according to a new Nielsen report. In 2004, about 40 percent of people visited a homepage and then drilled down to where they wanted to go and 60 percent used a deep link that took them directly to a page or destination inside a site. In 2008, said Dr Nielsen, only 25 percent of people travel via a homepage. The rest search and get Read More…