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March 4th, 2007, 10:44 PM #1Confusion
I'm confused with how to deal with Linkshare.
I've been a Linkshare affiliate since 1998 (approx.)
I have a list of Linkshare AMs that I like to use in general.
I started out with a "homepage" site that I still have.
I branched out to my own domain -- I still have that & I'm developing it.
"Product X" did so well that I now have a domain dedicated to "Product X"
Last year I applied for "Signature privileges" mainly because there was a lot of hoopla over "Signature" during my time here as a "new member."
I was granted "Signature" but I never use it because I find it confusing.
Lately I've wondered if a new merchant is considering me, how does the merchant know about my "Product X" site if it does not appear to be registered with Linkshare?
I took at look at my "Linkshare Account" and there are channels.
My 1st "homepage" site is listed and so is my main domain site.
I've been using merchant links on my exciting new "Product X" site but that site was not listed in any channel. I decided to create a channel for it.
I notice that companies with whom I already do business have said that they have to approve the "Product X" site.
Now I am really confused. I already use affiliate advertising on the "Product X" site -- "Product X" site has been around since 2005.
May I still use the affiliate links that I've been using since 2005?
I've already made commissions off of the "Product X" site with linkshare links from AMs who are now waiting to approve me.
March 5th, 2007, 01:44 AM #2
Even if I were using "Signature" religiously, "Signature" would not help me get approved in a new program because it does not affect the AM's review when applying to new programs. I want my "Product X site" (that has been around since 2005) to be listed in my account for merchant review.
I want to give all my sites a similar look with some differences -- it has taken me a while to come up with what I now will use throughout but not every site has been updated yet plus I do everything manually.
It would be the ultimate irony if one of my major AMs turned me down now.
I'm afraid an AM looks at my "home site" first when I apply for a new program.
I like my "home site," I always want to keep it for nostalgic reasons, but there should be a place to list other sites other than the "channel method."
Having said that, "Signature" I believe is for my own "convenience" in terms of tracking. I don't think it's very convenient, I find it cumbersome to remember.
Around this time last year there was great discussion about "Signature."
Linkshare reps and its site assured affiliates that "Signature" would be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I disagree.
I guess the lesson to be learned is to just leave Linkshare's accounts et al. well enough alone -- don't rock the boat and let sleeping dogs lie
Some of the companies that have approved me for 2 other sites now will initiate a long review period -- this is absurd because I've already used their links on the "Product X site."
Also Linkshare has made it way too easy for an affiliate to deactivate a site!
That button should be on a separate page!
Last edited by Rhia7; March 5th, 2007 at 02:09 AM.
March 5th, 2007, 02:25 AM #3
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
Rhia, if you're not a power user. Don't use signature, don't use channels. Keep everything under one account. Only your first main site will be listed, your reporting will be global for all your sites. You can add your LinkShare links to any site. It will track even if they are not listed and the merchant will see your URLs in their Referer tracking. With only one channel, you'll be approved for all your sites (listed or not) with only one request.
March 5th, 2007, 08:31 AM #4Originally Posted by Rhia7
March 5th, 2007, 09:55 AM #5Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
I have multiple channels set up (three at the moment).
One merchant who repeatedly has turned me down in the past just approved me under the new channel. I want to use that merchant's links as well on a site not in that channel (but one of the others).
Zeus, I don't want my original first site to be the one under merchant review, your post misses my intentions.
I guess you wanted to put me down as not being a "power user" (whatever that means) -- but, you never know.
As for as Signature is concerned, isn't that in conjunction with Synergy Analytics? Need I remind people of the multiple complaints about Synergy Analytics (more than half the time it doesn't work).
I already had 2 channels when I applied for Signature.
I like the option of using Signature but when it comes to actually creating links, I get confused in terms of how to use it, so I haven't.
Heck, I'll use whatever works
March 5th, 2007, 09:58 AM #6
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- Nunya, Business
"One merchant who repeatedly has turned me down in the past just approved me under the new channel. I want to use that merchant's links as well on a site not in that channel (but one of the others)."
It'll still track. I set up a new channel last year and reapplied to all merchant who appoved me before and most approved me, some didn't. Just used links from the approved channel and still tracking. And the ones that haven't approved me into the new channel, I just keep reapplying until they come to their senses and approve me
March 5th, 2007, 09:59 AM #7Originally Posted by Trust
All my sites are under the "goody-goody category"--it's not as if I'm trying to trick a merchant into approving a porno site or anything
Last edited by Rhia7; March 5th, 2007 at 10:20 AM.
March 5th, 2007, 09:59 AM #8
As long as you own and operate the sites you can have one LinkShare channel for all of your sites. I agree with Zeus if you don't need to have separate tracking for your multiple sites, I would probably just filter links for all your sites through one channel and don't worry about setting up Signature.
If you do want spearate tracking for your different sites, I would recommend using channels. The only drawback to the channel option is that you will need to reapply to each merchant program for each channel.
March 5th, 2007, 10:01 AM #9
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- Nunya, Business
Or just bring subid tracking back Took away something that was working just fine and just made things more difficult.
March 5th, 2007, 10:05 AM #10Originally Posted by LinkShare Moderator
I knew what I was selling when subid tracking was in effect, now I have no idea. I guess I'll review "how to steps" for Signature, but sometimes when I create links I am not sure how the Signature code can be melded with the particular link code. Signature sounds great, but not every link code has the same ending and as Shakespeare would say, "ah, there's the rub."
March 5th, 2007, 10:14 AM #11Originally Posted by LinkShare Moderator
How does a new merchant know where to look when a request is under review?
My new improved site did not seem to be listed under any part of my account.
I want a merchant to look at my "latest and greatest," under your plan quoted above the prospective merchants would not be able to review my "latest and greatest" but would focus on my original "homepage" or my other "domain page" (not to say that I don't value those sites, I do -- if the new styles improve sales, all my sites will be converted to such styles).
I will be creating an entirely new site under a new domain, how will that site be reviewed by merchants?
March 5th, 2007, 12:57 PM #12
First if you want to see what site referred the sale you have two options 1) set up Signature for each individual site or 2) set up a new channel for each site. Signature requries you to append your own set of special charaters to each link you place on a specific site. If you choose the channel option, you will use the drop down menu at the top of the Affiliate Interface to Join Programs, Create Links and Run Reports for each channel.
Since it sounds like your new site looks better than your old site, you can change your channel site. To change your site URL for your channel follow the steps below:
* Log into your LinkShare account.
* Select the Your Account tab.
* Click on Update Profile under the Account heading on the left.
* Under the Channel Manager on the left, click on your Channel (gray box with blue bar at top).
* Go to the Marketing Channel Information and enter your new website address.
* Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit Update.
From your posts above, it sounds like you want separate reporting for each site, I would recommend setting up new channels for each site. The only drawback initially is that you will need to apply to merchant programs for each channel. So, if you are approved by one merchant for Channel 1, but want to add that merchant to Channel 2, you will need to apply to the merchant program from Channel 2.
March 5th, 2007, 04:22 PM #13Originally Posted by LinkShare Moderator
What if (theoretically speaking) in retrospective I regret the multiple channels? Am I allowed to use my "base channel" site and then use a merchant from Channel 3 on the base?
What if I feel like using the channels and Signature in conjunction?
According to Linkshare I'm supposed to use Signature to differentiate the sites? What if I use Signature to indicate the products? Or what if I come up with a code (to use with Signature) that Linkshare doesn't know what I'm doing? I might do that
I almost have the feeling I can just about do anything I want in this situation, but the important issue is will the links track?
I miss the subsid tracking that worked so well.
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