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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    Goofy Rejection is Laughable
    Got a rejection today after around 5 days waiting. Paraphrased below:

    Thanks for applying but you are declined for one of the following:
    1. Site incompatible. (I wonder which one)
    2. Site broken/under construction (Not mine)
    3. Questionable site content (Not unless I have your links)

    Oh clueless affiliate if you figure out what we mean here and want to reapply feel free to waste more of your time.

    I hope that I can remember the name so I'll never reapply.

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    I don't know how some AM's decide about who or what to approve sometimes.

    I was recently rejected by a merchant and was told that my site had reference to gambling and possible porno. Normally when I get rejected, I move on and forget it. This time I was a littled PO'ed since it was obvious that someone had not even looked at any of my sites.. I fired back an e-mail asking for details of what the AM had found on my site. I only asked for details, I did not ask for reconsideration. Shortly I received an e-mail approving me for their affiliate program..................

    Now the fire is gone. It is a little difficult to be interested in selling their products.
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    I have gotten these before as well. I simply reply... "prove any of the above". Usually they review it again (for real) and approve.

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    Im on Auto Approval and it sure does make a difference!
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    I keep my declines really general. Is it better to specify a reason? I would think in some cases as posted you could offend the affiliate

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    Comfortably Numb John Powell's Avatar
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    I keep my declines really general. Is it better to specify a reason? I would think in some cases as posted you could offend the affiliate
    I got a little communication going with the AM. It started off a little terse but moved to very friendly. We both apologized and the AM said that she understood and would revise the rejection response. They wanted to get niche related affiliates which let's me out, but the rejection didn't come close to mentioning their reason. It was a form rejection.

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    We do an auto approve and then review the URL's as a double check to insure a fit. When we reject an affiliate we list the reason(s) - which then allows the affiliate to perhaps apply with other domains if applicable. I've found this works well and the affiliates we have rejected in some cases re-activated with other more pertinent sites.
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    I manually approve affiliates and when I do decline someone (rarely - this network is pretty good actually) I always specify a reason and welcome them to contact me directly if they feel the declination has been made in error. We are human after all, it's hard to tell sometimes what an affiliate's intention is by their profile and it's on our head's as the AM to keep the program clean and "on-brand." Usually from what I know, an email or phone call to the AM directly can help clear up any errors of that kind... and it lets us know too when you contact us that you're really serious about promoting us - I love to hear from affiliates!

    Hope that helps...

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    Rejection emails are usually good for a laugh. If I really want to promote the merchant, I'll fire back a nicely worded "you're clueless - get a grip" email and ask for an explanation. Many times, the rejection emails are sent by the network when specifics aren't met in affiliate profiles and the AM hasn't even seen the application or site. Not sure how this works on SAS but I've gotten rejection emails from CJ merchants sent by CJ and the merchant is usually appalled by the rejection, too. The problem for them is that after we've been rejected, we don't feel like promoting that merchant or we've moved on to another with similar merchandise.

    Some merchants only want affiliates that have sites devoted to their specific products which can result in an automatic rejection. One merchant rejected my site because it wasn't niche specific to their products. Meanwhile, I had a great idea to promote their stuff on a very high converting section of my site and I KNEW I would be able to sell their stuff. Their loss. ;-)

    But I also understand merchants trying to keep a lot of unrelated sites out of their program, probably from fear of being exploited or because it's a big name merchant trying to protect their brand from every mama/papa site out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne
    But I also understand merchants trying to keep a lot of unrelated sites out of their program, probably from fear of being exploited or because it's a big name merchant trying to protect their brand from every mama/papa site out there.
    I always find this weird. I just don't see any point in caring about a site's relatedness from a branding standpoint. The worst that can happen is nothing (no sales), in 99% of cases.

    Plus, often merchants are too hasty in judging things like relevance. Usually when I get an app for a site that looks way off-base (auto parts, real estate, airline tickets...), it turns out that they have an undeclared site that's an exact match, and that's where they end up showing my links. If I just hit "decline" I would never even know about those undeclared garden sites.
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