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    Question for Brian
    Brian,
    Can a SAS merchant tell an affiliate how much they can bid on a generic term?
    I understand limiting or prohibiting bidding on trademarks, but on generic terms?
    Could an apparel merchant tell affiliates they can only bid X amount on the term "blue shirts"?
    If this is OK with you, fine. If not, please PM me.
    Thanks


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    Nevermind. I found an indie who wants my PPC traffic.


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    UncleScooter,

    As a general rule, the merchant can offer whatever restrictions that they wish - just as an affiliate can have limitations on who they choose to partner with etc... What you are describing is not something that I would advocate as good policy, but nonetheless if those are the merchant's terms you would need to follow them.

    However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't do what it sounds like you are going to do which is to bid on the generic term but target a different merchant... A merchant can't dictate what you can and can't bid on as long as they are generic terms, they can only decide if they want you in their program... If you find a term that you feel converts then don't let this merchant stop you.
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    Brian Littleton
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleScooter
    Nevermind. I found an indie who wants my PPC traffic.
    The first thing that came to mind was, if they're telling you how much to bid on generic terms, just dump 'em--who needs that micromanagement?! But it looks like you already came to that conclusion...
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    I just signed up with an indie and am sending them the traffic.
    I prefer to use SAS, but SAS has a merchant who has apparently lost their frickin mind. Instead of bidding on generic terms and sending the SAS merchant the traffic, now I send it to their competitor. How stupid is that for the merchant in question?


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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleScooter
    How stupid is that for the merchant in question?
    Brian, give them a special rate on the next AMC Seminar.....

    Scoot, we know have 8, count them, 8 merchants on SAS....we have a place for your PPC traffic...

    SAS Rocks, now that merchants are clueless, well that afects all networks, all verticals....
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    This is a niche that you don't have covered Andy. But other merchants do have it covered.

    Tis the season for some merchants to lose their friggin mind!


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    Hi guys - I had a merchant tell me after I've made good money that I cannot bid in a certain manner on Google Ads. Can he tell me how I can and cannot advertise even though it's not posted in his agreement when I signed up? He can't just make up rules after the fact just because he doesn't like paying me, can he? Please advise. Thanks.

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