As an affiliate I like the statistics reporting in shareasale, CJ, and postaffiliatepro, but these are all expensive to start and have monthly minimums. I'm not confident I could generate enough income through affiliates to make it successful.
The affiliate software modules for my ecommerce platform are lousy as far as statistics go. I've used bad ones as an affiliate, and I know what a turnoff it is, as well as the aspect of tracking software you have no reason to trust as much as shareasale or CJ.
I've heard that you pretty much need a dedicated affiliate manager because affiliates require a ton of hand holding, aside from the rare superstar affiliates. Is this true?