1) A very, very well known IMer (going to keep the name private) started selling something that I knew was great (past experience with his stuff and sales record, etc.) - so I started promoting for his new product via his Clickbank link (using my URL for it, thanks goodness).
2) My team and I personally spent time writing content for promotions: articles, press release, etc - -and submitting and publishing it on the web all over: items to directories, press release places, Social Networking, etc. - the whole nine yards.
3) Results: he has since closed his door to the public on his site, and has our visitors subscribe for follow up emails. Note: My client did. Here's where it turns ugly...
4) The CB links leave no cookies, nada. Yet his emails, get this - - - have NO affiliate links at all in them - -AND include a back-door entrance - -with NO affiliate code or our URL at all NOTHING! We spent all that time, money and effort for promotions and for what? To be cheated!
OMG! I KNOW this person and cannot believe this, especially with the background of his character he presents to the public and espcially to fellow IMers. It's truly amazing. Wow, did he just drop a LOT in my IM book. I mean, come on! Like that was ethical?
When a different top IMer -- one I still highly respect - had something similar happen - this was well after long-term growth where his company paid in full and in timely fashion as described in his program, he forewarned all us affiliates that his program was changing and what to do on our end. To me, this is appropriate affiliate program management. This shows integrity, honesty and planning. Well done.
But the above? I can't say anything at all positive about that, especially since that person KNOWS the IM arena inside and out and KNOWS what he is doing, sending out a backdoor URL. That's just plain ugly, in my humble opinion. Maybe I'm truly not seeing the big picture, but why not:
- TELL affiliates there are changes - both on your site and via emails. Don't let people continue to promote when it STILL says you pay 50% when you set things up in this manner? That's cheating us and that affiliate page STILL says that - even today.
OK, what do you think? I could very well be wrong, but hey - I don't have to like it