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    Affiliate Marketing Consultant Linda - 5starAffiliatePrograms's Avatar
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    Hello fellow ABestWeb members!

    I am proud to announce the new and improved zZounds affiliate program.
    AN HONEST INDIE from a NAME YOU CAN TRUST!

    Why consider joining the zZounds affiliate team?

    Number of Happy Customers --- Over 150,000
    Number of Unedited, Unbiased User Product Ratings --- Over 100,000
    Products we Carry --- Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, Recording, DJ Equipment and More!
    Percentage of Valid Orders That Ship Immediately --- 99.85%
    Money We Lose On Shipping --- A Lot!
    Percentage of Website Visitors Who Report Having Ever Seen a Lower Price --- 0.3%
    Affiliate Commission --- 6%, the Highest in the Industry
    Bonus Incentive Tiers: Generous --- up to 10.8% Total Commission
    Cookie length --- 45 days
    Program Enhancements --- New and Improved Agreement, Tracking, Reporting & Creative

    “OUTSTANDING” BIZRATE RATINGS
    zZounds consistently outscored its most frequently shopped competitors on the BizRate.com "Overall" consumer rating - based on unbiased, independent customer surveys. The survey says: our customers love us. Why drive your valued web visitors to a place they won't trust or where they won't be happy. We treat our affiliate partners with the same high integrity standards we are known for by our customers.

    HIGH CONVERSION RATES - KILLER PRICES - HUGE INVENTORY
    Our prices can be several hundred dollars lower than some of our competitors. So when you drive a visitor to our website they are more likely to complete the purchase because they'll know they're getting a great deal. Of course, great prices mean nothing if the products aren’t in stock. We carry a huge inventory and most of our products ship the same day. At zZounds we realize it's your commission at stake and we want to help you convert visitors to buyers.

    If you have not visited zZounds lately, I would invite you to take another look! We have spent months improving our program to better serve our affiliate partners.

    Please review and join our program at http://www.zzounds.com/aff

    As always, please let me know what I can do to help --- because I work for you!

    Your Partner in Success,

    Linda Buquet
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    hi, how do I make product links w/pictures?

    thanks.

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    Hi Electropulse,

    I believe they have a datafeed or they can get one for you. It says on their affiliate page "You should be able to build your own musical instrument "store" around our product database." We have discussed it, I am just not sure if it is ready yet. I am not the AM - just doing some consulting for them. Please contact the affiliate manager through their web form here: http://www.zzounds.com/form--contact
    Select "Affiliate Question" for the subject and he will get back with you.

    High Commission ~ High Integrity ~ Affiliate Centered Programs
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    Full Member drumminlogan's Avatar
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    I would join ZZounds but they don't allow you to have links to other sites offering instruments. That's a shame. Otherwise I would be all over that program.

    Logan Thompson, Managing Director
    HostingMusicians.com | Hosting Scouts Affiliate Program
    "Web Hosting For Musicians"

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    Affiliate Marketing Consultant Linda - 5starAffiliatePrograms's Avatar
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    Hey Logan,

    LOOK AGAIN! I got them to redo their entire agreement which was very prohibitive. No more "exclusivity" clause! Plus added bonus tiers and a lot more. I thought you would want to join after I saw your post about all the ProSound reversals you had.

    So now you can "get all over this program" and I know based on what I know of you - you will do very well.

    LINKS AWAY!

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    OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!

    Actually now I have a lot of work to do. Thanks Linda. Will get busy this week.

    Logan Thompson, Managing Director
    HostingMusicians.com | Hosting Scouts Affiliate Program
    "Web Hosting For Musicians"

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    Affiliate Marketing Consultant Linda - 5starAffiliatePrograms's Avatar
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    LOVE the new HostingMusicians site!

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    www.zzounds.com Highest Commission on Musical Instruments & Guitars www.roadloans.com $100 commission ~~~ Parasite-Free
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    Full Member drumminlogan's Avatar
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    Thanks. Any ideas on recruiting new affiliates for it, let me know.

    Logan Thompson, Managing Director
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    quote:
    I believe they have a datafeed or they can get one for you.


    here is the answer for datafed question

    "Serkan,

    Thanks for your interest! We do not offer a data feed at this time but
    it is something we have considered developing in the future.

    Thanks!

    affiliate@zzounds.com

    UtOpiA StiLL uNBorN

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    Hi All,

    OK, making progress. Datafeed is in the works! I had to do some educating and convincing. Just sent them an Idealabs press release about CJ doubling conversion rates with their datafeed. http://www.idealab.com/frame.tp?http...press_7327.jsp
    That got them moving.

    Could take 2-3 weeks because they are buried and we are trying to figure out the best way to address a couple issues but we are moving forward.

    You want a zZounds datafeed, I'll get you a datafeed, cuz I work for YOU!

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    www.irvs.com Irvs Luggage Warehouse 8-12% commission (Datafeed available)
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    Affiliate Manager emphimy's Avatar
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    Great!!!
    please send us a message when the feed ready

    UtOpiA StiLL uNBorN

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    Yes, please notify us when the feed is ready. I'm desperately looking for an alternative musical instrument affiliate program that provides a datafeed.

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    tamborinegal

    Yes we suddenly have alot of pressure from music affiliates on another board to get our feed finished so they can get new links up. I am pushing them as fast as I can to get this finished because suddenly ZZounds product links are in high demand.

    I strongly recommend that you get signed up now so you can get approved and get some generic banners or links on your site. Then when the feed is finished you will be ready to go. I will keep you all posted.

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    It definitely looks better than when I considered the program a few months ago, but I think there's still better options out there. The part I don't like is the referral fee payment "Approximately 60 days following the end of each month". If I was to start promoting them in a couple of weeks when the datafeed comes out, I wouldn't get paid anything until September!!!!!!

    Non-payment is every affiliates biggest fear, and from my experience of being burned in that way, late payment is always the start.

    Holding back 10% to cover returns I could understand. But if you ask any professional to do a job, then tell them they won't get any money until 60 days after the job is finished, there's a standard response: laugh and walk away....

    Regards to all,
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    quote:
    Originally posted by AMconsulting:
    tamborinegal

    Yes we suddenly have alot of pressure from music affiliates on another board to get our feed finished so they can get new links up. I am pushing them as fast as I can to get this finished because suddenly ZZounds product links are in high demand.




    Any update on the datafeed Linda?

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    Tamborinegal and All,

    zZounds DataFeed Update,

    Due date: Friday June 6th.

    Come to think of it - getting this baby out has been kinda like giving birth! Maybe I should pass out cigars once this baby is actually delivered!

    If anyone has not joined yet that is planning to, please sign-up now so we can get you approved and you can start using the feed as soon as it's released.

    Linda Buquet | Affiliate Management Consultant | Catalyst eMarketing.com
    Representing: zZounds (Music Indie) Irvs Luggage (CJ) RoadLoans (CJ)

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    Datafeed Update,

    The datafeed was completed as promised on Friday June 6th. However the link to access it did not work. They are correcting the problem and hopefully today will have everything ready to go.

    I know a lot of you are waiting for this and am doing all I can to get things resolved today. I'll keep you posted.

    Linda Buquet | Affiliate Management Consultant | Catalyst eMarketing.com
    Representing: zZounds (Music Indie) Irvs Luggage (CJ) RoadLoans (CJ)

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    zZounds DataFeed is Ready!

    They are charging $150 but if you are truly a "super" affiliate or have a high traffic music related site I can help you get the fee waived. They don't care about making money off the feed - it is primariliy designed as a barrier to entry to ensure that people who want it are serious and will do a good job with it. Email me at ecatalyst@excite.com to get the fee waived. Be sure to let me know you are a member of ABW and your screen name so I know who you are.

    For more information, click on the "Feed information" link in the zZounds affiliate portal under "creating your site". http://www.zzounds.com/aff

    Linda Buquet ~ Affiliate Management Consultant ~ Catalyst eMarketing.com
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    It's time for me to finally jump ship and move all my music links to ZZounds. Music 123 is switching off of CJ and since I have hundreds of links to change, I am going to try out ZZounds since Music123 just isn't cutting it for me. Maybe will look into a datafeed in the future.

    Logan Thompson, Managing Director
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    Logan,

    I am truly sorry about all the work you will have to do to change all your links. But I have to say I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad to have you join zZounds! They will treat you right and offer the top comm. and best cookie length in the biz.

    You really should try to incorporate the feed, it would be so much easier for you. I have had affiliates set up an entire new site in less than an hour using the Irvs Luggage datafeed. I can get the fee waived for you in a heart beat.

    Let me know how I can help you. You are an awesome affiliate and I am honored to work with you on any level I can!

    Linda Buquet ~ Affiliate Management Consultant ~ Catalyst eMarketing.com
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    do pages created from the zZounds feed have to be updated every day?

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    Yes - because prices and products change every day. You should update every datafeed every day. You don't want your visitors to click on link and hit a page not found or a different price than what you listed on your site or you will either look bad,lose a sale or lose a customer or all 3.

    This isn't something that you have to do manually. You just write the script to automatically pull (or refresh) the feed daily.

    That's how CJ, Froogle, BizRate and everyone does it. They pull new feeds daily or even hourly to be sure the info is up to date. It's all done automatically. I don't know how the programming is done, I just know everyone does it.

    CDdity can probably give you some help if you don't know how to set it up to be automated.

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    quote:
    You should update every datafeed every day


    don't agree

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    quote:
    You should update every datafeed every day


    Pornstar's taking it easy on you with that little 2-word response...

    But I won't!

    Quickie FAQ! Obviously it's needed!!

    Prices are not listed on my sites for a reason. The reason is, listing them causes w*rk! NOT listing them eliminates most of the need for changing anything. And it gives people another reason to go to the merchant site.

    Fact 2. I've yet to find a merchant that actually runs out of stuff every day except during a super sale!

    Fact 3. A few 404s is no biggie. Your comment makes it seem either like you're an ultra-perfectionist, or the merchant doesn't order enough stuff to last 10 seconds! They only have 2 of each thing or what?! That is eerily reminscent of Music123's "can't ship/sold out" bit (which happened whether there was a feed used or not!)...

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    They pull new feeds daily or even hourly to be sure the info is up to date.


    And it's a total waste of bandwidth. (Also it's pathologically anal-retentive behavior!!!)

    Most of my merchants don't update nearly that often. More like once a month, on average, I'd say (with a couple at either extreme)...

    It sounds to me like Zzounds is still looking for empl*yees and not affiliates.

    ~Revenue is King

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    Leader,

    I am new to datafeeds and so is zZounds. After numerous requests to give affiliates a feed – I finally got them to develop one. I do not work for the company or set up their policies, I am only a consultant. I did not get paid to do all this extra work or take the heat. I am only working to try to help affiliates out that really wanted this. Excuse me and zZounds while we go through the learning curve. I will forward your comments to them and try to get them to change the terms.

    CJ pulls my Irvs Luggage datafeed EVERY day. BizRate, Froogle and other players pull feeds daily, some even hourly. So I thought this was an accepted standard. If it’s not, I’ll try to get it changed.

    Leader, you a moderator. I have always respected you and your opinions. I think what moderators are supposed to do is moderate i.e. stay in the middle, keep the facts straight, keep the playing field fair, and help to prevent flames. For you to taint a merchants reputation, by alluding to the fact that they may be just like another merchant who has a bad reputation for reversals and high out of stock levels, is in-appropriate. If, and when, anyone on this board ever accuses zZounds of reversals or out-of stock problems, then you can jump on that band wagon all you want. Hundreds will read this post and you just made it sound like this is “another bad merchant” with your incorrect conclusions in fact #2 and 3, due to your personal frustration about one merchant (which I can understand.)

    The fact is… Zzounds has the highest customer rating there is in BizRate for on time shipments and 99.85% of their products ship the same day.

    The fact is also that my comment about pulling datafeeds daily to be sure info is up to date had nothing the do with products being sold out or out of stock. Busy merchants with successful ecommerce sites are CONSTANTLY adding entire new product lines, changing SKUS, putting products on sales, taking them off sale. Manufacturers are constantly coming up with new models and discontinuing old ones. That’s why the big sites pull feeds daily. A product database is constantly changing.

    I read on another board, most datafeed merchants request bi-weekly updates. Don’t know if this person is correct. I posted a question on the Cusimano scripts forum asking what a standard or reasonable update timeframe is.

    You say most merchants update only once a month. That may be true from your experience. But I guarantee you if CJ only pulled Irvs feed once a month (instead of daily) and affiliates ever had bad links mid month due to products being discontinued or pricing changes – we would be accused of not updating our datafeed often enough and affiliates would be mad about that! So I don’t know the right answer about update frequency but I will forward your message to zZounds and do some more research.

    Thanks for the feedback, Leader

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