Affiliate Summit East 2012Comparing Affiliate Networks: Tips and TricksTricia Meyer, MeyerTech, LLC, @SunshineTricia
Who Am I? How Do I Know This Stuff?• Attorney-Turned-Affiliate Marketer• Content Sites, Coupons and Cash Back• Speaker, Wr...
Which is the best               affiliate network?Other Person                        Tricia
What’s the Prize Pig of Affiliate Networks?
What This Presentation Will Be• Opinions based on my experience with CJ, GAN, SAS,  and LS• Bonus opinions about a few oth...
What This Presentation Will Not Be• My opportunity to vent and complain or embarrass  networks• A witch hunt• All encompas...
RT: @sunshinetricia “Each affiliate network haspros & cons. The best network is the one thatfits your site’s needs/objecti...
Agenda•   Ethical Issues•   Merchants on the Network•   Interface/Ease of Use•   Feeds•   Reporting•   Payments•   Support...
Ethical Issues•   Toolbars and cookie stuffing•   Rakuten’s toolbar (Onecause/FreeCause)•   Affiliates that the network pr...
Merchants on the Network• Recognizable Household Brand Names• Niche, Small Business Merchants• Internet Retailer Top 100
Interface/Ease of Use•   Finding merchants (category, keyword, top)•   EPC•   Reversal rates•   Pulling creatives•   Deep ...
Feeds•   Product feeds•   Coupon feeds•   Daily v. Anytime•   Naming conventions•   Fees
Reporting•   Real-Time v. Delayed•   Click tracking for subids•   Transaction disputes•   Cancellations
Payments• Monthly v. Weekly• Net 12, Net 30, Net Infinity?• Check, Direct Deposit, AdSense
Support and Education•   Webinars•   Conferences•   Documentation on site•   Customer support
Tricia’s Gold Stars• SAS License Plate Links• Google Affiliate Ads for Blogger• Linkshare Bento Box
Questions?Contact InformationTricia MeyerTwitter: @SunshineTriciawww.tricia.meTricia@tricia.me
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Unbiased perspective of the unique pros, cons, reports and technologies of networks such as CJ, SAS, LS and GAN. Advanced tips on searching, sub-id tracking and getting the most out of network.

Experience level: Intermediate
Target audience: Affiliates/Publishers
Niche/vertical: Networks

Tricia Meyer, Owner, Sunshine Rewards (Twitter @sunshinetricia)

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Comparing Affiliate Networks: Tips and Tricks

  1. 1. Affiliate Summit East 2012Comparing Affiliate Networks: Tips and TricksTricia Meyer, MeyerTech, LLC, @SunshineTricia
  2. 2. Who Am I? How Do I Know This Stuff?• Attorney-Turned-Affiliate Marketer• Content Sites, Coupons and Cash Back• Speaker, Writer, Podcaster and Consultant• @sunshinetricia• tricia@tricia.me• www.tricia.me
  3. 3. Which is the best affiliate network?Other Person Tricia
  4. 4. What’s the Prize Pig of Affiliate Networks?
  5. 5. What This Presentation Will Be• Opinions based on my experience with CJ, GAN, SAS, and LS• Bonus opinions about a few other networks• Factual comparison of technologies and features that are useful to the majority of affiliates• Insight for merchants and networks into what affiliates actually look for and use• A Guide
  6. 6. What This Presentation Will Not Be• My opportunity to vent and complain or embarrass networks• A witch hunt• All encompassing• Pinning a ribbon on a Prize Pig
  7. 7. RT: @sunshinetricia “Each affiliate network haspros & cons. The best network is the one thatfits your site’s needs/objectives.”
  8. 8. Agenda• Ethical Issues• Merchants on the Network• Interface/Ease of Use• Feeds• Reporting• Payments• Support and Education• Tricia’s Gold Stars• Reporting
  9. 9. Ethical Issues• Toolbars and cookie stuffing• Rakuten’s toolbar (Onecause/FreeCause)• Affiliates that the network prefers• GAN’s reliance on AdSense• GAN’s Safari Tracking• Will you get kicked out if you criticize anything?
  10. 10. Merchants on the Network• Recognizable Household Brand Names• Niche, Small Business Merchants• Internet Retailer Top 100
  11. 11. Interface/Ease of Use• Finding merchants (category, keyword, top)• EPC• Reversal rates• Pulling creatives• Deep linking
  12. 12. Feeds• Product feeds• Coupon feeds• Daily v. Anytime• Naming conventions• Fees
  13. 13. Reporting• Real-Time v. Delayed• Click tracking for subids• Transaction disputes• Cancellations
  14. 14. Payments• Monthly v. Weekly• Net 12, Net 30, Net Infinity?• Check, Direct Deposit, AdSense
  15. 15. Support and Education• Webinars• Conferences• Documentation on site• Customer support
  16. 16. Tricia’s Gold Stars• SAS License Plate Links• Google Affiliate Ads for Blogger• Linkshare Bento Box
  17. 17. Questions?Contact InformationTricia MeyerTwitter: @SunshineTriciawww.tricia.meTricia@tricia.me
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