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    Vendors Signed with Undesirable Affiliate Network, What Can I Do?
    Hi ABW'rs,

    I have a somewhat odd question. I'm interested in being an affiliate for a few vendors in particular, but many of them are signed up with an affiliate network I'd prefer to not work with.

    What does one do in such a case? I believe these vendors would be very interested in being included on my site. However, they are registered with said affiliate network that I'd like to avoid.

    Is there any advice out there or what to do in such a situation? I don't want to just walk away and choose another, I'd really like to work with these vendors, but simultaneously, I wish to avoid their particular affiliate network.

    I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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    Contact the merchants, explain you want to work with them. Explain/show how you can successfully market them. Explain that you work with SPECIFIC networks.

    Other than that - you can't force them to make a change...
    Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...

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    For every affiliate that asks for something in a program there a 100 who also want it. Make your case and tell them to let you know if they decide to make the change. If you can provide metrics it can make the case for you.

    Care to mention the network you are referring to? Might help other affiliates to make decisions on who to work with. Otherwise newbies are working in a vacuum.

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    One argument you could use is to encourage them to work with two affiliate networks. That way they can play one off against the other and generally negotiate a better deal, enabling them to release any saved expenditure for consumer or affiliate incentives, including tenancy.

    All but one of my clients run on two affiliate networks. One will always perform better than the other but this flexibility means that if there is an issue, I can migrate affiliates to another platform quickly and generally without any revenue squeeze.
    Flambi Media Limited - USA/UK/EU Affiliate Management Expertise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick View Post
    For every affiliate that asks for something in a program there a 100 who also want it. Make your case and tell them to let you know if they decide to make the change. If you can provide metrics it can make the case for you.

    Care to mention the network you are referring to? Might help other affiliates to make decisions on who to work with. Otherwise newbies are working in a vacuum.
    Thank you everyone for your feedback, this is very helpful. It's good to know that it's at least possible. Is it possible as a merchant to be signed with more than one affiliate network?

    Chuck, the affiliate network in question is Commission Junction. I'd really like to avoid working with Commission Junction if possible. The reviews I've read regarding this company are very worrisome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by style View Post
    Thank you everyone for your feedback, this is very helpful. It's good to know that it's at least possible. Is it possible as a merchant to be signed with more than one affiliate network?
    Yes it is subject to the contract they sign with the network. If the contract has run it's course, then there's nothing to stop a merchant being with two networks. All contingent on whether they signed a sole and exclusive contract or just a standard placement contract.
    Flambi Media Limited - USA/UK/EU Affiliate Management Expertise

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    Quote Originally Posted by style View Post
    ........the affiliate network in question is Commission Junction. I'd really like to avoid working with Commission Junction if possible. The reviews I've read regarding this company are very worrisome.
    Do not believe everything you read on the internet, CJ is one of the top networks out their (#1 for me). Yes they have issues like all other networks and not everyone likes them or are biased towards another network but that does not mean you should stay away from them.
    MERCHANTS: Start showing your coupons directly on your site, that way your shoppers will stop leaving your site looking for them!! If not then remove your Coupon Box!!

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    CJ is the top network other than Amazon and Clickbank. I don't know a merchant that will drop them readily. Just like our government its easy to ***** about their service and lack of responsiveness but they are what they are.

    For me as an OPM its where the affiliate who are making sales are at and I base my efforts on opportunity.

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