I've been on a week-long quest for overdue commissions from three different affiliate programs. After giving the affiliate managers/owners ample time to pay on their own, I finally started asking questions.
Here's the thing: I don't write articles, make blog posts, answer forum questions and otherwise promote affiliate programs just because I have nothing else better to do. I work hard at what I do, and considering that an affiliate program is one of the safest and most cost-effective marketing plans (since you only pay your affiliate after they have actually made money for you) it would seem that affiliate program owners would be happy to pay those commissions and keep the momentum going.
The end result of this is yet to be determined. All three have assured me commissions are "on their way" (digital version of, "the check is in the mail") but all promotions for these three are effectively halted for the time being for obvious reasons. They, of course, have already been paid....for months....but the person who brought them the customer has received nothing in return.
The other concern that I have as someone who recommends products and services to other people is my own personal reputation. If I refer someone to a business and they find shoddy service, or similar problems in getting their affiliate commissions, imagine how I look to them. Especially if they have laid out a nice chunk of change.
So treat your affiliates like gold...it's an old saying that's been around since affiliate programs really took off, but it's sad that so many people don't heed that advice. These three companies aren't getting a peep out of me until I get my back commissions. In the meantime, I may have no other recourse but to research their competition and see if they are a good replacement.