Rejection from LinkShare Affiliates

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Recently joined LinkShare Affiliate network.
Signed up for Dollar and Thrifty Rental Car.
Received a rejection and a form letter stating possible reasons for the rejection.

1. My site could be down or not working properly. (no)
2. Innapropriate material (no, unless inappropriate means something other than adult, unethical etc.)
3. Low Traffic (perhaps, I get about 1500 unique hits per month)

My site is for a specific trade conference. It's never going to be a huge traffic site.
I have an article about rental cars and I want to add an affiliate link or box to the article.

The rejection form letter encourages me to contact the affiliate manager directly.
The name of the affiliate managers with e-mails are listed on the site.

After sending them an e-mail specifically explaining my site and the value I'm providing,
I get a reply with the same form letter.

Is this dead in the water, or is there something else I can try to better understand why I'm get
rejected and find a way to make my case to actual human

Thank you
#affiliates #linkshare #rejection
  • Profile picture of the author onSubie
    Did you call them?

    If you have the name of the affiliate managers and it seems they don't understand your business from the email submits then pick up the phone and call them.

    When you think of the travel sites with millions of hits that promote rental cars then 1500/month is nothing. But your explanation of wanting it for a specific trade conference might be enough to get past the form rejection if you stop making form submissions.

    Calling them will allow them to give you better feedback about why you are rejected or, not reject you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steeleton
    I agree with onSubie. Give them a call if you have a phone number.

    Calling shows motivation and the affiliate manage may just go ahead and approve your request. Even if they can't or won't, they may have another idea of something to promote.

    Doesn't hurt to call...all they can say is no. But you already have two of those so no harm done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    I'm not too impressed by Rakuten LinkShare Network. I applied for an account one day, the next day they sent me a termination notice. I had not even had a chance to look around and see what they have let alone promote anything.

    These big snotty networks make millions and hire people that make a knee jerk decision on your holy worthiness to participate. They are judge, jury, and executioner all wrapped in one macro. A lot of the stuff they carry is crap anyway. Who cares. I don't need them.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Forget about Linkshare. I had some bad experiences with them. Actually I had promoted one advertiser get 100000 impressions and 2000+ clicks but ZERO sales. Send several emails but don't get reply.
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  • Profile picture of the author CreativesLinda
    Originally Posted by techmann View Post

    Recently joined LinkShare Affiliate network.
    Signed up for Dollar and Thrifty Rental Car.
    Received a rejection and a form letter stating possible reasons for the rejection.

    1. My site could be down or not working properly. (no)
    2. Innapropriate material (no, unless inappropriate means something other than adult, unethical etc.)
    3. Low Traffic (perhaps, I get about 1500 unique hits per month)

    My site is for a specific trade conference. It's never going to be a huge traffic site.
    I have an article about rental cars and I want to add an affiliate link or box to the article.

    The rejection form letter encourages me to contact the affiliate manager directly.
    The name of the affiliate managers with e-mails are listed on the site.

    After sending them an e-mail specifically explaining my site and the value I'm providing,
    I get a reply with the same form letter.

    Is this dead in the water, or is there something else I can try to better understand why I'm get
    rejected and find a way to make my case to actual human

    Thank you
    Just because those advertisers rejected you as an affiliate, there are many, many more affiliate programs with LinkShare. WalMart is one of them. Some advertisers want to make sure that their affiliates will be able to make money for them and will reject those they feel won't be able to bring in the targeted traffic and quantity they want. Don't take it personally. Look for other advertisers that your traffic would be likely to support and check other car rental companies' sites. They might even have their own affiliate programs to which you can apply.
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