Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Successful Affiliate Network Application Tips

Money Rules!This is important. This is vital. Not taking this seriously is the exact same reason why people may gripe about the time it takes getting accepted to programs or not getting accepted at all. Time is money in this business. Treat network applications as if you were applying for another job. Does half-assing your resume increase your chances of banging out that new office with a view? No it dont. The same applies online. Take your business seriously so others will as well.

Personally being a Co-Network owner and not even launching live to public publishers I have deleted over 400 fraudulent applications in the last 24 hours. That’s just one day on a network that is nothing yet. I wonder how people like Market Leverage and Hydra feel? I can only imagine.

The theory that networks only glance at your applications is partly correct. How would you feel looking over 410 applications only to find out that 400 of them were not legitimate? That cuts your production time down and does not allow you to focus more time, energy and dedication to the people who are legitimate.

Here are some tips on getting accepted to Affiliate Networks:

  1. Dont have a website, build one. It’s an instant red flag. Another red flag is if you dont have a website then using something like Google or Yahoo will get you denied pretty quick. Fact of the matter is that silly things like that are seen hundreds of times daily. Your best bet is to ALWAYS utilize the comment box located in applications. You better be telling why you dont have a site and what your intentions are.
  2. Get on the phone – Immediately after filing an application go try to locate a contact number. You take the innitiative not the network. While it’s always nice for the networks to do that, I think I covered an important point of all the bullshit networks deal with.
  3. Dont use the same website 5 times – Automatic deletion in my book. This looks like you used form filling software. I use form filling software but I examine every application I ever submitted so to not allow a silly mistake that looks unprofessional like this. If you dont have 5 websites then dont put anything there.
  4. State your strengths and intentions – Comment boxes are on applications for a reason. Skipping them shows laziness. Filling them out shows professionalism. How serious would you like your online businesses and account to be taken?
  5. Use a reliable email client – If I see asia.com or usa.com or mail.com, I automatically delete it. Use your head because aside from all the bullshit spam some networks send you, the really good ones with good Affiliate Managers are going to send you tips that you dont want to miss.

Short and sweet folks. Nothing complicated here, just a general outline for successful Affiliate Network applications.

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18 Responses

April 30, 2008

Hello Ruck,
First thank you for the generic, but helpful post. Frankly Something is better than nothing at all. Here is my problems I faced when I try to register with some of the Networks.

1. I am from Sri Lanka, and many Networks don’t accept applications from my country at all.

2. English is not my native language. Though I can write comparatively acceptable level, my spoken English is horrible, as well as I am facing big difficulties with the foreign accents (Specially over the phone, and noisy long distance calls)

3. Time Difference – The representative of Hy**a Network called me on 1am when I am fast asleep, and I think the conversation was a bad experience for both of us, and the result…I think you can guess.

Anyways..thank you for the good advices. One thing I’d like you to comment. Is there any specific application to manage all the affiliate accounts?

April 30, 2008

@ Flash Developer – Sri Lanka is most likely setup on automatic to deny affiliates. I deny from Russia and Turkey. Dont ask why, just personal reasons.

2. Yea that most likely is a problem so in that case a chat client or email is about all you can do.

3. That just sucks lol.

I dont about managing all affiliate clients. That’s interesting and would love to hear other thoughts on that from anyone that has one. Personally I have a folder of favorites with an exhausting list of networks in it operated with a login manager –Roboform.

April 30, 2008

I went to Convert2Media after reading your post to see if I am still there and found that I can no longer login with my username/pw
That means my account has been deleted. As far as I remember I didn’t give any fraudulent info so wonder I got the axe.

On reading about the problems FlashDeveloper faces as a non-English speaker with foreign accents, I feel that it may have been the case with me if you perchance were calling me last night (my time) becoz I did get a call but becoz of noisy phone connection I couldn’t understand anything. This is just a guess on my part that it was you calling me. It may be someone else also.

Would be glad if you could clarify this for me and help me get back into the program if possible.

All the best

April 30, 2008

Hey Freeboy,
Ruck will be opening the doors for C2M on May 1st…everyone is denied…until then!

April 30, 2008

I see!

May 1, 2008

So its May 1st… can I sign up at C2M?

May 1, 2008

I had already signed up. Now I will see if I can login

May 1, 2008

Not getting accepted into a network can be aggravating.

I have never used the comment box when filling out network applications. I will remember that in the future and see if it makes a difference for me.

May 2, 2008

if you want getting accepted into an network
1.good english is key if you not base from usa
2.traffic come from most network like traffic come from ppc

There are times I have done everything you suggest, and I still do not get accepted. It can get frustrating!

May 21, 2008

Hi Ruck,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I’m always looking for ways to improve myself and I’m glad to have found your blog. Thank you for sharing with us.


May 23, 2008

Cheers! Thanks for the great tips.

Ruck, you put up very useful points.

Most of us are familiar with Affiliate Networks but very few really dedicate time and take this business seriously when filling the applications.

Codrut Turcanu – “Succeeding Against All Odds!”

November 23, 2008

Nice tips!

Btw, I love the man with his money-glasses :D Where did you get it?

November 24, 2008

The sense i get from aff networks and AMs is that they want to screen seriously affiliates from the guys who just want to ‘try’ it out, and possibly generate just 1 sale.

It’s really not that hard to get a site up, and if you can’t spend the 30mins or maybe 2 hours if you’re new at this, then probably aff mktg isn’t for you, cos it sure is a heck of a lot more work than the ‘effort’ of filling up an application, or making a call to get yr app approved.

I’d prefer to get referred to a network. That way my friend can buzz his am to get me approved faster and he earns that 2-5% sub-aff overriding.

It’ll usually motivate him or her to give me some tips too.

Win-Win-Win for the win!

March 22, 2009

ok, so say i finnish the application and i do make the phone call, what the hell i’m suppossed to say?

March 22, 2009

That’s an excellent question. You just need to let them know that you are a human being. The main thing that networks want to see is that you aren’t a spam bot filling out the form and they need to know that you are serious about business. You just need to say “Hey I just submitted my application and I was wondering what I needed to do next” Most of the time they will say “Oh let me get you approved”.