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How to determine the legitimacy of an affiliate program?

john14
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How to determine the legitimacy of an affiliate program?

I wonder how you would verify/confirm the legitimacy of an affiliate program that you haven’t heard of before. The reason why I asked this question is I got an email by someone (site email address) who told me to join their affiliate program. My concerns are-

1. How do I know if they are real/genuine?
2. How do I confirm their business existence?
3. How do I verify if they really pay their affiliates?
4. How do I find out if they are a scam?

Is there something that I should take into consideration before joining their program?

Thanks
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wollowra
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Hi John,
Without knowing the details and taking a look at them it is hard to speculate,
1. How long have they been around?
Are there other customer testimonials and can you speak to them or do they have an affiliate forum?
Have they got a good record of paying out?
Is their domain name registered for only a year or 2 years or more, so you know they plan to stick around.
Do they make outrageous income claims?
Is there a contact number or toll-free number listed?
Email them and see if you get a response within 24 hours... if they do not respond..it is not a good sign.
Are they promising you will make easy money and without much work? if they are, then be very cautious.

2. Email them and ask for their business credentials and info. Are they a registered company or business?
You can also look at the whois info for their domain name just go to.. http://www.whois.net/ or a similar service.

3. To check if they pay out, Do they have a member forum so you can get other opinions? Search Google for information..you can type in COMPANY/PROGRAM NAME SCAM or COMPANY/PROGRAM NAME NOT PAYING.. or even just the company name itself brings up details of any disgruntled affiliates.

4. Google is your best friend here.

Hope that helps.
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As a vendor, I like ClickBank, Commission Junction, ELance and online services of that type because they automatically pay affiliates before they pay me. Affiliates pretty much know they'll get paid because the service handles everything independently of me the vendor/publisher/product owner - I don't touch the affiliate's money and couldn't even if I wanted to.

I'd be cautious of anyone doing their own affiliate system themselves.

As far as clues to their legitimacy:
Do they list a brick & mortar physical address? If not, why not. Legit businesses do.
Do they have a phone number? With Skype dirt cheap long distance and such there's not excuse for not having one listed.

I'm sure the affiliates here will have more advice.

Cheers!
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You may easily search their name online. Most affiliate programs and companies have reviews online. There are also affiliate review sites you can visit to and check if they the affiliate company you are interested in is included in the list. Most importantly, try to also join in affiliate forums and ask members there if they have experienced joining such affiliate company.
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Troy has some great tips and what I gathered from him was that we can usually feel if a deal is right or not through intuition, before we dig in to do the research (which is also important).
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Definitely Google is the best option. However asking them questions in support forums, reading testimonial, and finding other people talking about their affiliate program would be some other ways to check their legitimacy.
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Thumbs up to Troy! Excellent suggestion. There's plenty of information you can get from the internet these days that to ask a question seems silly now. It's because anything you don't know, you can "Google it". And that is your best bet. Not everything you read online is true of course, but you can get feedback from so many sources. There are affiliate forums there that you can check out, there are affiliate networks. You can always email them back too and ask them directly which is what I would in this case and then take it from there.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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Cecille L wrote:Thumbs up to Troy! Excellent suggestion. There's plenty of information you can get from the internet these days that to ask a question seems silly now. It's because anything you don't know, you can "Google it". And that is your best bet. Not everything you read online is true of course, but you can get feedback from so many sources. There are affiliate forums there that you can check out, there are affiliate networks. You can always email them back too and ask them directly which is what I would in this case and then take it from there.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!



I agree with you Cecille, but I have posted a few questions in affiliate forums to get genuine feedback and believe me they are not always true.

Hence, to get some honest opinion you can look for testimonials of actual clients who have used the product.
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Some excellent suggestions there. I thank you all for such a great piece of advice. :)
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manager3
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Hi

A legitimate affiliate program will always offer support, and contact information either email, or a phone number. If you have questions contact support using the methods provided to see the type of response you receive, and how long it takes before becoming affiliated with the program.
And Yes Google is also good option to check the legitimacy of an affiliate program.
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cecille.l
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Another method to check on the validity of an affiliate network/program is to go around in affiliate marketing forums and ask. If an affiliate program is particularly good then you are bound to find it on several affiliate marketing forums like here on Affilorama, Warrior's Forum or Abestweb.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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john14 wrote:I wonder how you would verify/confirm the legitimacy of an affiliate program that you haven’t heard of before. The reason why I asked this question is I got an email by someone (site email address) who told me to join their affiliate program. My concerns are-

1. How do I know if they are real/genuine?
2. How do I confirm their business existence?
3. How do I verify if they really pay their affiliates?
4. How do I find out if they are a scam?

Is there something that I should take into consideration before joining their program?

Thanks


You can skip all these steps if you join the programs that are in the affiliate networks. Those are tested programs.
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You can skip all these steps if you join the programs that are in the affiliate networks. Those are tested programs.


There is some truth to that. After all, a vendor needs to agree to the affiliate network's terms in order to be part of the network. Still, this does not guarantee the quality of the product, the sales or that the vendor themselves are legitimate. It's best to do your homework and research a bit into these affiliate programs.

My two cents. Have a good day!
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manager3 wrote:Hi

A legitimate affiliate program will always offer support, and contact information either email, or a phone number. If you have questions contact support using the methods provided to see the type of response you receive, and how long it takes before becoming affiliated with the program.
And Yes Google is also good option to check the legitimacy of an affiliate program.


I can't agree more with this statement, any program that is easy to get in touch with or answers your questions readily is typically a good sign. Unfortunately sometimes the only sure fire way to know how reliable a program is, is to try it for yourself.
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emily66012 wrote:I've been researching affiliate marketing for several months and have really found so many outrageous claims and hype especially about software that claims to siphon traffic. Has anybody had any success with any of these?


Hi,

It depends upon the software but for you to find out which software or tools work, you need to research for user comments in forums or blogs. You will definitely find a good source of information there.

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