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    Circling Back
    For any new/Green Affiliate managers, I've been at this now for a few months and have been deep in the learning...Finally feeling like I am getting somewhere. Here's some great resources to get you started:

    1. Geno's book - must read, don't delay, it'll lay the base on which everything is built
    2. Read every thread you can on this forum...start here:

    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=85707
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=81985

    3. OPM means Outsourced Program Manager (why does everyone ask this)
    4. Be serious about knowing what parasites are, what they do, and how to find them www.affiliatefairplay.com is a good place to start, even better is http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=89073
    5. Ask Questions
    6. No easy $$, there are no fast tracks, takes work.
    7. Look at SAS when considering networks - they are economical, fair, and are serious about creating a great playing field (no parasites, real publishers with real websites). We're signing up and will be transitioning over from CJ (will stay on CJ for a few months longer).

    Cheers!

    Phil Andrews
    Affiliate Executive
    phil.andrews@earthclassmail.com

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    Good summary, Phil.

    I would like to add only two more things:

    8. Martha Graham, a famous American choreographer of modern dance, said: "We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same..." Do not be afraid to make mistakes. To become a good affiliate manager (AM) you want to learn how this dance is danced on both sides: the AM side, and the affiliate side. So become an affiliate too (caution: not of your own affiliate program; play it fair!). Walk in their shoes a few hundred miles, and you will know better than anyone else what affiliates have to go thru, what issues they struggle with day-to-day... You will undoubtedly make mistakes along the way. But that's totally okay. That's how we learn -- "by practicing living" as an affiliate and as an affiliate manager.

    9. As in anything, be open to criticism, but not sensitive to it. Learn to "separate the wheat from the chaff".

    Good luck!!

    Geno

    PS: Phil, thank you for putting in your recommendation of my book, Phil. Much appreciated.

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    For new affiliate managers, see my innitial post and the following threads.

    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=91426

    Phil Andrews

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