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    negotiating with two merchants in the same industry
    Hi guys, I contacted with a merchant and offered 1 month free trial. This is not US, but a country where there is less than 10 affiliate programs. Since there was no reply, I contacted another merchant in the same industry, and the merchant said yes. Then the merchant I contacted before contacted me and said that he was willing to work with me.

    The thing is, I offered them the same free 1 month affiliate program services, so do you think it's okay to work with 2 merchants in the same industry just for the free trial period? Do you think it's okay to tell the merchants that I will work with both merchants only for the free trial period, or should I reject 1 merchant? The two factors I should consider is that if I work with just 1 merchant, what would the merchant's decision be after the free trial, and if I work with 2 merchants, the price negotiation that I can possibly make.

    What do you think I should do or say to the merchants? Any experienced people's replies will be welcome. Thanks.

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    you don't mention the niche you are in or if you have more than one page (or domain name) so you can split the promotions . . .

    -- or do you offer OPM services?

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    Unless the merchant is asking for exclusivity I wouldn't concern myself with this. If they do you would only agree after they are paying for your service.

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    If the OP is acting as an affiliate manager, there is a conflict of interest in managing programs for two direct competitors.
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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    Didn't see a mention of being an affiliate manager!

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