After reading a lot of posts lately complaining about Ebay (kicking a lot of affiliates + impossible to get account almost) and Kontera (barely worth the money with less than 100k hits a month), I want to know if HP is considering changing and/or adding to the current affiliates.
I don't know a lot about affiliates right now, but I'm sure there are some other sites people can use...would be interested to hear what the team, as well as other users, have to say.
I know HP have been testing out other ad networks such as Chikita, so I think it's defnitely in the pipeline. Here's a thread where Paul Deeds talks about it a bit: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/48463#post1115250
I do find konetra a complete waste of time and I do think hub pages should get rid of it and replace it with something that earns more money. Ebay too have officially become a pain in the butt so they should change that.
I don't know if they are and hope someone from the staff will answer your query.
But, I wanted to ask you if you have tried affiliate networks that allow you to market/promote products through text links? People have been making a lot through clickbank and other such networks.
I haven't - been too busy trying to do an extra 250 hubs by Xmas. But I'm thinking that I will start looking into other options, if the ones that HP uses are either not usable or not very good earners.
I would love it if I could affiliate promote my zazzle artworks. It seems like it would be a good match as so many of us writers are also good artists
I would not mind HP getting a cut of referrals to my or other great zazzle items. I know squidoo does allow decent zazzle promotion on the lenses but I don't really like lenses that much. I find they are often times content poor
Correct me if i'm wrong but bing & chitika don't care about Non-US/CA traffic. So partnership with cj, linkshare,clickbank can be good alternative.
I have been asking for this for the past six months at least. Because of the limited affiliate programs available here, I have just spent a lot more time on my own websites, which is probably the best thing for the long term anyway.
In fairness to HP owners, it's hard to find a program that would be as broad based as Amazon AND that pays as regularly. I work with over 1,000 merchants spread over 25 platforms and you wouldn't believe the time I spend arguing with them about being paid. (Eventually most pay, but it can take many months of pressure.)
The networks are of no use when it comes to non-paying merchants because it's the merchants who pay them, not affiliates. So I can just hear the forum posts when a merchant doesn't pay and people expect HP to intervene.
I'd like to see the option to use commission junction or linkshare. There are tons of affiliates there. If there was some sort of general capsule that we could add the affiliate or whatever. I think it'd be a little complicated to code, but pretty cool.
I would like to see Commission Junction, Chikita, or AbeBooks.
I see Chikita as a direct replacement to Kontera, and Commission Junction as an alternative to eBay.
AbeBooks is a popular site and I find so many out of prints or specialist books on there which are not available on Amazon!
For me though, the priority has to be to open up non-US traffic to Amazon Associates. I can see a lot of money being spent by the British and Australians.
Whitney those aren't merchants they are networks. HP would have to belong to each of the merchants on CJ or LS - or shareasale, GAN or affiliate future, to benefit the way they do from ebay or amazon. That's thousands of merchants.
I don't expect to have HP let us put affiliate code on our hubs without benefiting as well.
The best I would ask is for another broad-based affiliate program like K-mart or buy.com.
My priority is to protect US affiliates who are kicked out of Amazon because of changes in their individual states' tax codes - and can't get into ebay.
I was thinking recently about those Amazon affiliates who get kicked out of the Amazon scheme.
Would they not be able to incorporate in Deleware or somewhere, and establish an account in the company name? It can cost as a little as a few hundred dollars.
I know that some that lose AdSense accounts can use a business account afterwards? Obviously only worth it for those who make a fair bit of cash, say $1000 a month or something, but potentially an option nonetheless?
Nelle, do you know how many states have changed their tax code so that Amazon has stopped working with them?
No they can't unless they want to commit tax fraud. The affiliate's physical presence in the state is the nexus, not the place of incorporation. Believe me, I've attended several affiliate conferences where this was discussed in length. There is no way around it, except moving.
Oh ok, shame Just an idea...
It really is a backwards way of thinking. Its as if they want to go back to the 18th century with rag & bone men and everybody owning a small ranch and horses and carts.
It is rather ironic, that they will lose tax revenues as a result.
Nelle, it's true they're merchants, but it would be nice if HubPages could somehow work something out with them.
NY, NC, RI, and CO. Amazon was appealing the NY law, I've lost track of that appeal's status. It's been stopped in several states, but keeps popping up.
Having multiple affiliate options does not necessarily translate into increased affiliate income.
I would suggest to anyone here that one needs to first become proficient optimizing the affiliate programs afforded to us here at HP before branching out to other affiliate programs.
Kirsten you can promote your zazzle shop here just as with any affiliate program, through a text link or link capsule. Same with any CJ merchant.
I'd say that unless you're earning at least $500 a month from Amazon alone there's a huge learning curve that needs to be addressed.
I wonder if it would hit the fan with Google if Yahoo and Bing joined our party.
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