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    Angry Why do I keep finding merchants..
    Why do I keep finding merchants that display Affiliate Links/Banners on their Merchant sites ? Arghh...pick one! Are you a merchant or publisher!? Has any rule been established about this??

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    If a merchant is displaying affiliate links on their pages, I'd assume they're not quite in business, and will probably never be. No point in promoting them or even thinking about promoting them anytime in the future, they'll probably fade out of existence sooner than later.
    Join The [B][URL=http://www.shareasale.com/shareasale.cfm?merchantID=10705]Giftshoppingzone.com[/URL] [/B] Affiliate Program on SAS - [B]10% on sales , Unlimited cookie, over 15,000 products in datafeed![/B]
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    I had this issue last week while looking for some new merchants.
    Jack and Friends, a store I loved:
    http://www.jackandfriends.com/

    Big yellow coupon banner on the right sidebar.

    Also:
    http://www.joebrands.com/
    http://www.ekydz.com/
    http://www.luckykids.com/

    I would love to do more with SAS merchants, but too many of the merchants have no clue, don't care, or whatever. Lets get some REAL merchants, serious about selling stuff.

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    Or lets educate the Shareasale merchants about how to attract affiliates and make online sales....
    Deborah Carney
    TeamLoxly.com BookGoodies.com ABCsPlus.com

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    Might as well add www.shower-curtains.com to the list, they've got highly visible Adsense on the right across the site.

    Or lets educate the Shareasale merchants about how to attract affiliates and make online sales....
    Deb, the question is how to educate them when some affiliates still knowingly promote them anyway, in spite of the blatant leaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    Might as well add www.shower-curtains.com to the list, they've got highly visible Adsense on the right across the site.

    Deb, the question is how to educate them when some affiliates still knowingly promote them anyway, in spite of the blatant leaks.
    I few months ago I was going to join that merchant, but when I saw the G-ads I run away fast.

    They are not new, they are on SAS since 2003, so I don't think they would like any education regarding Adsense.

    Before I used to search for merchants to join on the spot, now I visit the merchant site before I join.

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    ABW Ambassador flamingoworld's Avatar
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    Thanks for the heads up on shower-curtains.com, didn't notice those before.
    With so many merhants some of them add stuff after you get them up and can't check them all every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    Or lets educate the Shareasale merchants about how to attract affiliates and make online sales....
    I totally agree.

    As a publisher..what do you think the best steps are for doing such a thing? Are merchants given a "best practices/suggestions" when they join a network?

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    First when they sign up, somebody should tell them affiliates don't like leaks. If they don't know what that means, direct them here. There should be something in the contract if they add leaks after they sign up to SAS, automatic boot. That's just sneaky. I've seen merchants before that when you signed up, the site looked fine. Go back later, leaks. Besides not working with them, out them when you find them. This was talked about awhile back:

    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...eaky+merchants

    Leaky merchant thread, we can just post them there:
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=73528

    Just like the Auto Deposit thread inspired some merchants to get on Auto Deposit. Maybe outing leaky merchants would inspire them to become leak free.

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    I have some ideas I have been batting around, now that I have time to work on them I will do just that. A list of the worst of the worst would be a good start... and saying that a merchant that has been on Shareasale since 2003 should know better, well, maybe no one pointed it out to them? We as affiliates assume merchants know what they are doing. Maybe they don't.... and it isn't up to affiliates really to educate them, but an email or two explaining what is wrong and why you won't promote them even though they have products that fit your site can't hurt.

    Some are arrogant and won't care, but like my "leaky" CafePress shopkeepers that I kept hitting over the head, some just didn't know. And they don't make that much with the Adsense and other junk, but were told at some point it would help their rankings or visibility or it was a link exchange or or or....
    Deborah Carney
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