AvantLink Merchant Black Hound New York Affiliate Program Has the Chocolate You Want for the Holiday Season

8:59 pm   -   November 2nd, 2006

AvantLink Merchant Black Hound New York Affiliate Program where you can get the very best in choloclates, cakes and gifts.

"Black Hound is justly famous for its truffles, cakes, tarts, and cookies." Food & Wine Magazine

With average sales running $80.00- $100.00 per sale, commissions of up to 15% and as one of the leaders in the chocolate and specialty gourmet gifts category BlackHoundNY.com will produce great results for you. Wwhether your referred visitors are seeking a deliciously different present for a loved one, a tasteful gift for an important business associate, or a divine indulgence for themselves, a selection from Black Hound New York will provide a rich feast guaranteed to satisfy the senses and elevate the spirit.

Black Hound New York has been dedicated to the art and craft of baking and chocolate making since 1988. Our creations reflect our passion for unique flavor combinations, extraordinary taste, and artful presentation.

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Commission Junction Affiliate WeShipBabyGifts.com Doubles First Sale

4:54 pm   -   October 23rd, 2006

We are going to “Double Your First Commission EACH Month” at WeShipBabyGifts.comAs a new Affiliate program, we know sometimes it is hard to get recognized in all of the competing programs. So to stand out in the crowd:

WeShipBabyGifts.com will double your first sale commission in EACH Month. Sell a $100 item and you will get $24 instead of earning $12.

Many people are looking for a unique way to say ‘Welcome To The World’ and WeShipBabyGifts.com provides products that do that with elegance and class!

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WeShipBabyGifts.com Affiliate newsletter for September

10:33 pm   -   September 7th, 2006

We are going to “Double Your First Commission EACH Month” at WeShipBabyGifts.com

As a new AvantLink Affiliate program, we know sometimes it is hard to get recognized in all of the competing programs. So to stand out in the crowd…

WeShipBabyGifts.com will double your first sale commission in EACH Month. Sell a $100 item and you will get $24 instead of earning $12.

With average sales running $95 per sale and as one of the leaders in the baby gift category, WeShipBabyGifts.com was created to provide personalized and unique baby gifts. Many people are looking for a unique way to say ‘Welcome To The World’ and WeShipBabyGifts.com provides products that do that with elegance and class!

WeShipBabyGifts.com a leading seller of baby gifts online offers affiliates a 12% payout for all sales. Great prices, great customer service with special discounts and free shipping offers, our program will generate lots of revenue for you!

About WeShipBabyGifts.com
Baby gifts and personalized baby gifts from WeShipBabyGifts.com. Visit us for baby shower gifts and new baby gift ideas! Get your baby gifts today!

WeShipBabyGifts.com was created to provide personalized and unique baby gifts. Many people are looking for a unique way to say ‘Welcome To The World’ and WeShipBabyGifts.com provides products that do that with elegance and class!

At WeShipBabyGifts.com, we believe that it is the little things that mean so much. Our baby gifts are of the highest quality and purchased from manufacturers and artists around the world. We combine a top of the line product with unparalleled support.

Durk Price, Affiliate Manager for WeShipBabyGifts.com
weshipbabygifts[at]eaccountable.com, 972-743-1790
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WeShipBabyGifts.com Doubles the First Commission EACH Month on AvantLink Affiliate Program

8:23 pm   -   September 6th, 2006

We are going to “Double Your First Commission EACH Month” at WeShipBabyGifts.com

As a new AvantLink Affiliate program, we know sometimes it is hard to get recognized in all of the competing programs. So to stand out in the crowd…

WeShipBabyGifts.com will double your first sale commission in EACH Month. Sell a $100 item and you will get $24 instead of earning $12.

With average sales running $95 per sale and as one of the leaders in the baby gift category, WeShipBabyGifts.com was created to provide personalized and unique baby gifts. Many people are looking for a unique way to say ‘Welcome To The World’ and WeShipBabyGifts.com provides products that do that with elegance and class!

WeShipBabyGifts.com a leading seller of baby gifts online offers  affiliates a 12% payout for all sales. Great prices, great customer service with special discounts and free shipping offers, our program will generate lots of revenue for you!
 
About WeShipBabyGifts.com
Baby gifts and personalized baby gifts from WeShipBabyGifts.com. Visit us for baby shower gifts and new baby gift ideas! Get your baby gifts today!
 
WeShipBabyGifts.com was created to provide personalized and unique baby gifts. Many people are looking for a unique way to say ‘Welcome To The World’ and WeShipBabyGifts.com provides products that do that with elegance and class!
 
At WeShipBabyGifts.com, we believe that it is the little things that mean so much. Our baby gifts are of the highest quality and purchased from manufacturers and artists around the world. We combine a top of the line product with unparalleled support.

Durk Price, Affiliate Manager for WeShipBabyGifts.com
weshipbabygift[at]eaccountable.com, 972-743-1790
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Affiliate and Merchant News, Interviews, Tools and Best Practices. It’s a Blog with Your Comments Too!

Top 4 Affiliate Program Technologies I Am Recommending to My Retail Merchant Clients

10:38 pm   -   July 10th, 2006

Top 4 Affiliate Program Technologies I Am Recommending to My Retail Merchant Clients
By Durk Price

When beginning a relationship with a client I am always asked: “What affiliate tracking programs do you recommend?”

It’s a little like asking what car do you like to drive: “Ah the good old days before kids… when I could put the top down on my Porsche and I would go blasting around town…”

But I’m not dreaming and clients need succinct and thoughtful answers that show that I understand the market and I understand their needs and that I can recommend a solution that fits their retail product line and expectations for a return on investment (ROI).

As an affiliate program manger for 7 years, I have a substantial amount of experience with virtually every major affiliate program marketing, management and tracking technology. Basically I have found that I am recommending the same solutions over and over again.

So to streamline the decision making process I created a pricing specification sheet for my client’s use, as follows:

Affiliate Technology Options

Commission Junction

• $2,250 setup fee
• $3,000 prepaid commission
• Monthly: 30% of affiliate payout or $500 whichever is greater
• Market to 1.5M affiliates

ShareASale

• $350 setup fee
• $100 prepaid commission
• Monthly: 20% of the affiliate payout or $25 whichever is greater
• Market to 200,000 affiliates

DirectTrack

• $995 setup fee
• $100 a month for bandwidth
• No commission payout to DirectTrack
• No affiliate marketing provided

AvantLink (New)

• Datafeed conversion to search engine friendly RSS feed which affiliates can customize- very smart technology and great customer and affiliate support
• $500 setup fee
• $500 escrow commission
• Monthly: 3% commission
• Market to 500 high value affiliates

From this point in the discussion I tell the client: “Affiliate programs are marathons not sprints. Plan for the long-term, learn in the short term.” If they are receptive to this approach then I know I can bring them a solution that matches their goals.

Durk Price is a professional affiliate manager with 12 years of online experience as well as seven years of creating, launching and managing affiliate programs. He has launched and managed affiliate programs for large retailers like LimitedToo.com, BeautyTrends.com, WeShipBabyGifts.com, Stanford Social Innovation Review Magazine and others. His primary focus is managing affiliate programs for retail companies. To learn more about his services of putting top-level affiliates together with top quality merchants, visit http://www.affgoo.com. You may also email Durk at [email protected]

Affiliates: “Double Your First Commission in July” at WeShipBabyGifts.com

10:13 pm   -   July 5th, 2006

We are going to “Double Your First Commission in July” at WeShipBabyGifts.com just like we did in June!
As a new CJ program, we know sometimes it is hard to get recognized in all of the competing programs. So to stand out in the crowd…

WeShipBabyGifts.com will double your first sale commission in July. Sell a $100 item and you will get $20 instead of earning $10.

With average sales running $95 per sale and as one of the leaders in the baby gift category, WeShipBabyGifts.com was created to provide personalized and unique baby gifts. Many people are looking for a unique way to say
‘Welcome To The World’ and WeShipBabyGifts.com provides products that do that with elegance and class!

Thanks again for all of the sales in June too!!

Durk Price, Affiliate Manager for WeShipBabyGifts.com
stick{at}affgoo.com
972-743-1790
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DFWSEM.org Presentation from AffGoo.com

4:42 pm   -   June 28th, 2006

This is the detailed presentation I gave to the Dallas Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association on June 26th.

The 10 Most Important Criteria You Must Meet to Attract Top Affiliates
or,
10 Criteria Website Owners Must Look for in an Affiliate Program

By Durk Price

Durk Price is a professional affiliate manager with 12 years of online experience as well as over seven years of creating, launching and managing affiliate programs. He has launched and managed affiliate programs for large retailers like LimitedToo.com, BeautyTrends.com, WeShipBabyGifts.com, Stanford Social Innovation Review Magazine and others. His primary focus is managing affiliate programs for retail companies. To learn more about his services of putting top-level affiliates together with top quality merchants, visit http://www.affgoo.com. You may also email Durk at [email protected]

1. Ability to sell the product nationally or internationally. Localized products do not sell well in affiliate programs. Affiliates come from everywhere. Limiting the affiliate to a local market does not work. This also means many kinds of retail product distribution models limited by territories do not work.

2. Have a brand name or sell brand name products. Having brand names does make it easier to sell online. Having a branded category name is even easier. Does that mean you have to have a brand name to be successful… no.

3. Offer a competitively priced retail product. You don’t have to be the cheapest for sure. But if your competition is less expensive and you don’t have a value proposition to support your pricing model, you will have trouble getting affiliate sign ups.

4. Have a website that is attractive and compelling. So often overlooked as a determining factor, in many ways it is a major factor in the affiliate’s decision on whether to add your site links to his site. While he wants to make money, if he sees poor quality design work he is unlikely to add you. He knows if it’s ugly to him, it will be ugly to the visitors he refers to the site.

“There’s just too much competition out there and shoppers aren’t going to stick around long when they’re confronted with poor design, broken links, slow loading pages, a lame shopping cart, etc. While all of the points you mention are important factors, I think it all boils down to the products and the conversion – and good conversion is born from good design and product presentation on the site. Anyway, good article and I like the name of the site too.” David Zelken- ShareASale

5. You must know your website “numbers”.

• Number of visitors
• Number of sales
• Conversion rate of visitors to buyers
• Total online sales
• Average sale amount
• Lifetime value of the customer (you only pay the affiliate once)
• Target customer acquisition cost
• Customer acquisition cost from current online marketing efforts

6. Know what your competitors are doing. Like Homer Simpson says: “Doh”. There is competition in every category and every affiliate software application. Don’t ignore it, learn from it. Find out what the other guys are doing. Have someone sign up for their affiliate programs and check it out.

7. Know which of your competitors have affiliate programs. Find out what they are paying out, how long the program has been running and etc. Check the message boards and forums to see if they have any problems or if they are well thought of. And if none of them have affiliate programs… don’t run out and think you’ve found the promised land… maybe there is a reason your competitors don’t have an affiliate program.

8. Know what competitors are paying out to their affiliates. Simple research can tell you what they are paying out. Most affiliate programs have marketing information readily available, do the research and know what you are up against.

9. Know what you are willing to pay for someone (an affiliate) to sell your product. The competition is telling you something, your own numbers are telling something, now you must decide what your affiliate program payout should be.

“Just as you said, the commission amount is not at the top of the list for most affiliates. I talk to a lot of advertisers everyday that think they have a great product to offer and they always want to know what commission amount they need to slap up on the marquee in order to get affiliates to pick them up. That’s the easy part and it can be determined with a little bit of research.” David Zelken- ShareASale

10. Able to offer an aggressive affiliate payout. Brand names many times prescribe low payouts to affiliates. This makes getting affiliate buy-in difficult. I launched a national brand company with a really low payout after suggesting a much more aggressive customer acquisition number. The program started out well and then fell off dramatically after 60 days as affiliates tested the program and didn’t make enough money to justify their ad spends. They were gone. I was able to keep them by raising the commission, but almost lost them entirely because the program was not priced right coming out of the gate.

Affiliate Technology*

A. Commission Junction

• $2,250 setup fee
• $3,000 prepaid commission
• Monthly: 30% of affiliate payout or $500 whichever is greater
• 1.5M affiliates

B. ShareASale

• $350 setup fee
• $100 prepaid commission
• Monthly: 20% of the affiliate payout or $25 whichever is greater
• 200,000 affiliates

C. AvantLink (New)

• Datafeed conversion to search engine friendly RSS feed which affiliates can customize- very smart technology and great customer and affiliate support
• $500 setup fee
• $500 escrow commission
• Monthly: 3% commission
• 500 high value affiliates

D. DirectTrack

• $995 setup fee
• $100 a month for bandwidth
• No commission payout to DirectTrack
• No affiliate marketing provided

*Prices do not include setting up the program with internal or external resources.

Affiliate programs are marathons not sprints. Plan for the long-term, learn in the short term.

I have one client who has been adding 250-400 customers a month to its customer list during the 6 years I have been managing their affiliate program, adding over 20,000 “buyers”. They now sell more through their email efforts each month than through the affiliate program.

They understood the Lifetime Value of the Customer right from the beginning.

New AvantLink Merchant: WeShipBabyGifts.com- As posted in ABestWeb.com

8:31 pm   -   June 21st, 2006

New AvantLink Merchant: WeShipBabyGifts.com

 
Hello Everyone,

I’d like to introduce the most recent merchant addition to the AvantLink Network: WeShipBabyGifts.com! WeShipBabyGifts.com was created to provide personalized baby gifts of the highest quality from manufacturers and artists around the world. This is a high-converting site with a niche product line, baseline 10% commission, and performance incentive that bumps payout to 12% with $2000 or more of sales in a given month. We’re excited to have them on board!

Launch Promo:

During the first month of the program, WeShipBabyGifts.com will double your commission on your first sale. So if you produce a $100 sale with a normal $10 commission, they will double the commission to $20 for that sale.

There are many benefits to partnering with WeShipBabyGifts.com including free shipping and money saving coupons available to boost your conversion. There is an experienced, dedicated program manager to assist you and free advanced tool support from AvantLink. The 10% baseline payout isn’t too shabby, either!

If you’re already an AvantLink Affiliate, you can sign-up for this program by following these steps: 

  • Login to your Affiliate account at www.AvantLink.com 

  • Select ‘Merchants’ from the main menu 

  • Locate WeShipBabyGifts.com in the merchant list 

  • Click to their detail page and then ‘Apply to this Program’ 


If you’re interested in applying to the AvantLink network and this program, please use the following URL: https://www.avantlink.com/affiliate_app.php

Let us know what we can do to help you get started promoting this program. Feel free to contact anyone at AvantLink or the WeShipBabyGifts.com AM Durk Price: durkp[at]eaccountable.com, 972-743-1790.

Sincerely,

Gary Marcoccia 

Gary Marcoccia
AvantLink Affiliate Marketing Network
Phone: 435-785-8067
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