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…

The Future for Affiliate Marketing Pt.1

We are approaching the beginning of a huge potential disruption in performance/affiliate marketing. Now, as with any disruption, there is tremendous opportunity for those that recognize the shift early, and are able to react and adapt to it. Consider that more and more people are shifting to online/digital means to get their content, be it video content, audio content (podcasts), or written content. Advertising spending and revenue is growing for digital, but perhaps not as fast as it could be growing. People dislike advertising. There are far too many scams and also we’ve persisted far too long with low quality, Read More…