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    Received $5 bonus for -- nothing?
    I just received this email:

    > "A message from one of your merchants: (name) // Hi Mark, // I hope that you are doing well. I just wanted to send you a courtesy note informing you that we have issued a $5 bonus to your account as a sign of our appreciation for your loyalty. We also hope this acts as incentive for you to continue and increase your promotion of (name)." < (emphasis added)

    And there it is, a $5 bonus from this merchant, posted to my SAS account.

    To the best of my knowledge, I have never generated any sales for this particular merchant, nor promoted nor posted any links for this merchant. My SAS stats inform me that I have generated only 1 click (all-time total) to this merchant, which almost certainly represents my own "test click."

    This is certainly a first, for me.

    I must admit, this does generate some "warm fuzzy" feelings, and a positive attitude toward the merchant. It led me to check out the merchant's site for a minute, and consider posting links to the merchant. I assume that this was the goal. (I normally ignore "bonus offer" emails that promise a nominal bonus of $5 to $20 for posting a link or generating a first sale, but this unconditional gift got my attention.) Maybe it's a good idea!

    Has anyone else ever received an unsolicited bonus like this?

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    AM Navigator Geno Prussakov's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwelch
    To the best of my knowledge, I have never generated any sales for this particular merchant, nor promoted nor posted any links for this merchant. My SAS stats inform me that I have generated only 1 click (all-time total) to this merchant, which almost certainly represents my own "test click"...
    Wow. I think this is quite unprecedented, Mark. Thank you for sharing. Most affiliate programs choose to terminate inactive affiliates, and not pay them bonuses.

    Quote Originally Posted by markwelch
    I must admit, this does generate some "warm fuzzy" feelings, and a positive attitude toward the merchant. It led me to check out the merchant's site for a minute, and consider posting links to the merchant. I assume that this was the goal... Maybe it's a good idea!
    Maybe it is. But have you gone beyond considering? [just wondering whether it worked for this merchant].

    G.

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    "Money for nothing"? Is the affiliate program run by Mark Knopfler? [img]images/icons/icon12.gif[/img]
    Continued Success,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
    "Money for nothing"? Is the affiliate program run by Mark Knopfler? [img]images/icons/icon12.gif[/img]
    Beware of their next affiliate bonus, chicks for free! Don't know how the wives and girlfriends will take that one.
    -Don't criticize anyone til you've walked a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes.
    - Silence is golden. Duct Tape is silver.

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    That's pretty sound marketing. Did they elicit the thought that you now owe them? And they DID get you to look at maybe promoting them...



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    It's like the direct mail program, $1 for opening the letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meadowmufn
    Beware of their next affiliate bonus, chicks for free! Don't know how the wives and girlfriends will take that one.
    I thought you said clicks for free...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eathan
    I thought you said clicks for free...
    Generate more fake news.

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