If you are using an affiliate program to increase sales, you will need to find affiliates to partner with. These individuals will use links and banners to promote your company and the products you sell. Simply by listing the opportunity online, you will get a many takers. People see working as an affiliate as an easy way to make money. Since you will get many applications, be sure to review all the information. Most importantly, visit and review the website.
As for why it is important to review and approve all interested affiliates, it has to do with your company or product name. You spend years or months to get where you are today. You have a quality product or service that sells. You are making a good name for yourself. Don’t throw it all away. Not all internet users understand affiliate programs. Some automatically see your company name or logo on a website and assume it is yours. They may not know it is actually the website of a paid affiliate, a completely different person.
You now know the importance of protecting your company name, products, and services. However, when it comes to reviewing affiliate websites, what should you avoid?
Pornographic material. You may be surprised how many websites have these images and others fall into the borderline category. Remember, think about your image. Most owners of pornographic websites wouldn’t knowingly apply for an affiliate program with a kid’s clothes store and show naked pictures of women, but you honestly never know. Some actually do this just to get a laugh or to be devious for no other reason. Don’t fall victim to this idiotic behavior by not reviewing all interested affiliates and their websites.
Bad language. With cursing, it is hard. Fifty years ago, you wouldn’t hear some individuals toss around a swear word, but now people do it all the time. In fact, bad language even appears on network television. In this aspect, use your best judgment. Lookout for words that are likely to negatively effect readers and your customers. Always remember, think about your company image. Don’t assume that all internet users know the website is not yours, just an affiliates.
Highly debatable topics. Unless you can put a good spin on things, it is best to stay away from debatable topics. The only exception would be if your service or product were built on debate. Unfortunately, someone always gets offended. For example, a website or blog that touches on the subject of abortion takes a pro-life stance. Great if you sell baby products. Nevertheless, there is a lot of debate surrounding this topic. Others strongly claim it is not the government’s right or anyone else’s to make the choice. Do you want your name, company name, or products boycotted by these individuals? It is rare, but it may happen.
Hard to navigate websites. Building a website is easy. Even beginners who are unfamiliar with HTML can build a website with a site builder program. Unfortunately, it is a lot harder to connect the pages. Some websites are so hard to navigate that readers can’t get away fast enough. Don’t let your links be displayed on these types of websites. First, the reader may associate you with this poorly built website. Next, they likely won’t stay on the website long enough to see your links or banners.
Copyrighted material. Although it is difficult to determine if content on an affiliate’s website is stolen or duplicated, it is important to know. Search engines like to penalize websites with duplicate content, even if it was obtained legally. They want to provide internet users with the best, unique information. Therefore, if an affiliate of yours gets their articles from free article directories, they may be penalized. Their website may not appear until the 10th page of a search. In that case, there is a slim chance your links will get viewed, let alone clicked on. In addition, if the content was stolen, the original owner may try to contact you to rectify the situation, as your company name was displayed on the page.