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  • We are talking about PPCsearch and SEO
  • 73% of all affiliates surveyed SEO their siteMany times affiliates can out rank advertisers in natural listings because they are better at SEO
  • We manage multi million dollar search and affiliate media budgets for leading advertisers We have been doing this for over 10 years
  • Trivia Question:Can you tell me what is in this Google Logo? CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva SwitzerlandDa Vinci Code fans might know it from the Angels & Demons Novel
  • 2 of 14 spots belong to audible14% share of voice on this search results page
  • 8 out of 14 spots belong to AudibleEquates to a 57% share of voice on this search results pageThis is a significant increase over 14%
  • Google will only allow one direct link to appear in search results so don’t make it an us vs. them scenario with your affiliatesAffiliates should send traffic to their own site and promote you there
  • Smart Affiliates will understand that Bidding on Brand terms is a privilege not a riteVertive.com is an example of a trusted search affiliateTrusted affiliates on brand terms could also test out different consumer offers for you
  • I was an expert witness on the Lens.com casehttp://www.sitepronews.com/2011/04/11/web-marketers-are-you-liable-for-your-affiliates-trademark-infringement-with-keyword-ads/
  • Affiliate agreementProgram info page and docsWelcome email
  • Make sure your tool pulls data from different geographical locations as shady affiliates might try to geo target around you
  • These types of affiliates can generate 10 – 30% of the program’s volume each.There are not many so they are kept a secret usually…they also don’t have time to work with hundreds of advertisersTrivia Question: Can you guess where this picture is from? Monty Python’s Holy Grail


  • 1. When Search & Affiliate Marketing Collide
    Peter Figueredo
    Founding Partner, Netx
    Email peter@Netx.com
    Twitter @figueredo
  • 2. Overview
    What is Search Marketing?
    What is Affiliate Marketing?
    Who the hell is Netx?
    What happens when they collide?
    What happens when they cooperate?
    Recipe for success
  • 3. Affiliate & Search consistently rank among the top ROI marketing channels
    2010 Affiliate Benchmarks Study
  • 4. What is Search Marketing?
  • 5. What is Search Marketing?
  • 6. What is Affiliate Marketing?
  • 7. Forrester 2009
  • 8. More than 20,000 brands have affiliate programs
  • 9. While hard to read  affiliate marketing is prevalent in most industries
    2010 Affiliate Benchmarks Study
  • 10. US affiliate revenue: larger than video, social & mobile combined
    Forrester 2009
  • 11. Where do Affiliate & Search meet?
    Successful affiliates are buying search traffic
    2010 Affiliate Benchmarks Study
  • 12. Who the hell is Netx?
  • 13. NYC digital ad agency
    Founded 2001
    Inc500|5000 winner
    30smart & friendly folks
    Search &Affiliate Marketing Specialists
    Great clients
  • 18. What happens when they collide?
  • 19. Search & Affiliate Collision
    Higher customer acquisition costs due to competitive bidding on keywords and affiliate commissions
    Confusing customer experience on brand terms
    Ultimately collisions waste resources.
  • 20. What happens when they cooperate?
  • 21. Search & Affiliate Cooperation
    Increased share of voice in search results
    Competitive blocking
    Increased traffic and conversions
    1 + 1 = 3+
  • 22. Search Without Affiliate
  • 23. Search With Affiliate
  • 24. Search & Affiliate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe
  • 25. Direct Linking
    The only time you should let affiliates direct link is when you have no search marketing campaign of your own.
  • 26. Brand Terms
    If any other companies are buying your brand terms then allow affiliates to buy them…if not then don’t.
    It is okay to place bidding caps on brand terms but not too low or your competitors will take top spots.
    ***Work with a small trusted group of affiliates if you allow this.
  • 27. Bidding Rules
    Do not place bid caps on affiliates for any terms other than your brand.
  • 28. Competitors
    Bidding on competitors terms is okay for affiliates as long as they don’t mislead the customer.
    Your ads should not be confused with ads for the competitor.
  • 29. Coupons
    Make sure you have your own special offers page then PPC and SEO the hell out of it.
    Borrow a page from the affiliates playbook and capture more customers directly.
  • 30.
  • 31. Post The Rules
    Make sure you clearly write out how affiliates can and cannot use search marketing to promote you.
    Post guidelines everywhere.
  • 32. Advertisers approach search arbitrage in different ways
    2010 Affiliate Benchmarks Study
  • 33. Monitor
    License a tool to monitor your critical keywords to gather intelligence and police affiliates.
    We use TheSearchMonitor.com but others exist.
    Test it out for free with code: PeterOms
    *not an affiliate link, I promise
  • 34. Search + Vertical
    If you have an affiliate who can build out vertical websites around your category and is an expert in PPC and SEO then you have found the Holy Grail!
  • 35.
  • 36. Thank You
    Peter Figueredo
    Founding Partner, Netx
    212.981.2700 x200