07 Apr 12 10:37 am
Cheating Product Owners
I have just discovered that the product which I have made the most sales of on my website ("Men Made Easy" by Kara Oh) now has a siphon on its order page.
The sales page offers prospects a set of three free ebooks along the right hand side of the page, by entering their email in an optin box. And if they optin and then order the product through the links in the ebooks or in the email series that follows, no affiliate commission is paid.
What is worse, the order button at the bottom of the page has an arrow pointing to the optin box, which will fool some buyers into thinking that they need to enter their email to order the book. When I arrived on this new sales page for the first time I was very confused about what I was expected to do if I wanted to order.
Check it out here: http://www.menmadeeasy.com/
(BTW, this does not have my affiliate link attached)
Christian Carter's website http://www.catchhimandkeephim.com/
is even worse. They shove the optin form right in your face and unless the person buys then and there (which is far less likely when you get offered something for free), you don't get an affiliate commission with a purchase. They don't pay out on the newsletter sequence as they consider this as part of the back end. I have never received been credited with any sale by them.
This strongly reinforces the direction I seem to be going in - moving away from affiliate marketing to creating and selling my own products. Product owners just seem to think that they can use and abuse their affiliates to make more money for themselves. But when you are the product owner, you don't have to worry about this.