I'm in the direct sales (salesmanship) niche therefore there isn't a plethora of affiliate programs to choose from like there is in the IM field. The other day I approached the Nightingale Conant Company about their affiliate program. The Nightingale Conant Company (IMHO) is an outstanding old-line company with excellent products. When I discovered they have an affiliate program I was excited because their products are a perfect fit for my market.
My excitement turned to frustration when I saw their 1-800 toll free order entry plastered all over their website. I called the affiliate manager to ask if affiliates were supplied access to product landing pages that don't contain the toll free order line option.
I received an email saying affiliate traffic was sent to their regular website. He then went on to stress their 25% commission rates which to my way of thinking equate to more like 12-1/2% or, worse yet, 8-1/3% after ½ to 2/3 of the traffic is scalped off by the toll free order option.
I'm not necessarily criticizing Nightingale Conant. I'm just frustrated about that I see as short sightedness by so many affiliate merchants. I've never had a problem with merchants being aggressive about capturing follow up business but it goes against the grain with me to have to compete with the merchant for traffic I send.
A few years ago, I had a rather large website that contained over 25 licensed products. When I started my affiliate program I supplied the affiliates with product pages that had been scrubbed of all order entry numbers. It was a good (and profitable) move.
Going back to Nightingale Conant --- I'd love to send traffic to them but I'm having trouble with my Scots-Irish stubbornness. I'd appreciate some opinions as to whether I should "lump-it" and sign up or move on.