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    Tired of getting denied for programs without explanation!
    Why do I get denied for certain programs without any explanation offered? I have made a great income from affiliate marketing and I have never had a problem getting accepted to any program previously. It is getting quite frustrating. I have emailed the individual programs asking why, but some of the sites do not even have contact info. It seems to happen more often with the financial sector with the more reputable names. I only want to promote reputable businesses, why should I be relegated to promoting little known sites that are subpar? Thanks for your insight!

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    If you are being auto declined then it has to do with something in your settings, like location or being an incentive site.

    If it is after they look at your website, then you need to find out what it is they aren't liking about your website.
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    Even though you called my city a dump, GRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Read this:
    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=87594
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    Is it possible that your site states that it is under construction?

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    Potsie,

    What country is your program listed in, some programs don't accept affiliates from countries of their choosing.

    As a Merchant, anyone who contacts us/me is a strong candidate vs. the passive sign up but do not communicate. These merchants would be smart to take up communication and cultivate a relationship.

    Phil Andrews
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    I've been asking CJ for YEARS to add a comments box that peole can put something in when they apply to a CJ merchant. THis would be especially useful for those CJ affiliates that have too many websites to actually list on the CJ interface.

    But do they listen?

    No, they dont.

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    I asked SAS the other day if they could create the same idea - a section in the affiliate description where affiliates can outline what they do, who they are, their intent...as a merchant, it would makes reviewing and approving applications easier. As well, it helps create a more personal connection. They were positive about the idea and were going to submit it for further review...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewbert
    I've been asking CJ for YEARS to add a comments box that peole can put something in when they apply to a CJ merchant. THis would be especially useful for those CJ affiliates that have too many websites to actually list on the CJ interface.

    But do they listen?

    No, they dont.
    From a merchant's perspective, that wouldn't help. Most people who've done affiliate approvals will tell you that they usually just check the first site, and maybe a few more after that. For the companies I've worked with, we generally accepted anyone with a legitimate looking site (that isn't a banner farm, under construction, pornographic, scammy looking , a website that you don't actually own, etc.), so we don't really care if you have 2 million other websites in your profile. You're already able to list promotion methods, and advertisers can see you network earnings rank, so we take all of that into consideration.

    As a 5-bar affiliate, I was rejected from an advertiser in a niche that I perform very well in - Emailed the program to see why I was rejected, and I was thrown on their auto-decline list after that. Some merchants are just stupid, and won't respond. No comment I could have put in at the outset would have changed that.

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    Thank you all for your thoughtful and helpful advice. I was actually referring to the automatic denials. I'm new to CJ and it is perhaps something in my registration info that is getting me automatically bounced. I registered in Canada because that is where I am incorporated, but I do have US citizenship and have a SSN so I could promote American businesses also. I just wished that the auto denial message included at least a hint as to why. I have already begun contacting the individual AMs and have had a positive response overall. Thank you again for your thoughts.

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    I'd stick with your Canadian registrationl. That way you get paid in Canadian dollars, and the'yre worth something.

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    A box for explaining marketing plans would be great.

    Email does not work well for affiliate communications. It lacks the structure that we need and is not secure.

    I have received forged "termination notices," probably from another affiliate who was hoping to target my keywords.

    You would think that a network would have figured out that facilitating communications is the primary reason for a network's existence.

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    I have also been annoyed at times, by "decline" notices that include no reason. Of course, it feels worse when a "decline" notice includes a reason that makes no sense, or is insulting.

    To me, a decline notice means "we won't accept you as an affiliate," and the reason really doesn't matter.

    However, if the reason given is clearly wrong ("we only accept affiliates who have active web sites" or "we don't accept affiliates from outside the USA" -- when I am a US affiliate with a dozen active web sites), I sometimes follow up.

    Often, I think the reason is, "we are clueless idiots who don't understand how affiliate marketing works," but occasionally I conclude that the reason is "we set up this affiliate program to work with one or three or five specific affiliates, and we aren't really open to everyone."

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwelch
    Often, I think the reason is, "we are clueless idiots who don't understand how affiliate marketing works," but occasionally I conclude that the reason is "we set up this affiliate program to work with one or three or five specific affiliates, and we aren't really open to everyone."
    vBulletin kicked me from their program (while making good sales numbers for a low-bar program) because they said they only meant for it to be used by vBulletin forum owners to monetize links back to them. Of course it doesn't say that in their terms... (or they just lied to me).

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    What do you mean by "automatic denial?"

    Thx - Hope that's not a stupid question..

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    Purdue512 asked: > "What do you mean by "automatic denial?" <

    I believe that some networks allow affiliate managers to create filters or default settings to automatically reject affiliates based on specific criteria; for example, based on the affiliate's country, web-site language, incentive status, etc. (Of course, the "preferred" method would be to disclose the restrictions, and to block affiliates from applying if any restriction applies -- but some merchants fear that if they disclose the restrictions, the fraudulent affiliates they're trying to block might seek to circumvent the rules by providing invalid registration data, such as using a fake address in an "allowed" country.)

    In other cases, the rejection might not be "automated," but the merchant may have a blanket policy (often unpublished) that leads the AM to decline applications with certain characteristics.

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