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    Cool Google says affiliates are "underpaid sales representatives". Discuss
    I typed "what is an affiliate program" in Google to get a description for a newbie merchant and was surprised to see the first result that appeared. As you know, Google shows the definition for certain things in the listings and here's what came up.

    "Affiliate programs are a great plan for the websites offering them, but the websites that participate often become underpaid sales representatives."

    I've always wanted to use "compare and contrast," but in this case it would have to be "Discuss."

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    "Discuss."

    Maybe they feel affiliates should throw up Google Adsense instead

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    This comment in the definition gets under my skin a little..

    "This eliminates the necessity for the advertiser to find websites with related content to list their banners."

    If the advertiser was smart that's exactly the sites who should be listing their banners..

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    "discuss"

    Yet another misleading title.

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    totally ....google didn't say anything but 100best did

    How about a new topic SERPs or maybe a search for the term "Miserable failure"

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    If thats what google thinks......i dont think they have included our program in that list.
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    Since G has an affiliate / referral program for AdSense (https://www.google.com/adsense/referrals), seems a little tongue in cheek to say "Affiliate programs are a great plan for the websites offering them, but the websites that participate often become underpaid sales representatives."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustNo1
    "Discuss."

    Maybe they feel affiliates should throw up Google Adsense instead
    Or maybe they feel affiliates should just throw up. Sorry, couldn't resist!

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    It didn't say "always" - "often" is fair as, unfortunately, many companies use affiliates for branding purposes...
    ...besides, google didn't write that definition...
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    There is no way that 100% of my sales have tracked.

    Suggesting I might be underpaid works for me.

    Now if they suggested I am being overpaid, that would be insulting.

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    If I was working in sales outside the Internet, I wouldn't work for less than 20% commission or $25.00 an hour no matter where I was working. Those have been my standards for years ... maybe it's time to up them to the cost of living. ;-)

    Either way, I'd agree that we are underpaid. Perhaps if all our sales were tracking, it would appear to be a better return but as it stands now, I'm starting to avoid any merchant not paying at least 10%. Electronics are a different field, granted and we're lucky to get 4% but I'm starting to promote the merchants paying 20% more and more. Makes a nice difference and one I feel we deserve. We are NOT the merchant's overhead, we are their profit base. Without sales, they don't make money. AND we're helping them brand their name and company by promoting them on our sites and getting their name/image/logo in front of thousands of eyeballs a day (in essence, recommending them!) ... in the real world, they'd have to maintain a huge ad budget to achieve that bonus.
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    If you were working a conventional sales job, you might get a good commission rate. But in most cases you get the same commission rates. The difference is that your reach for potential customers would definitely be smaller and regionally based. With affiliate programs and the internet, you get more products to sell, a national or international customer base. And to the hardcore capitalists with us, it is true freedom. Is it not?
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