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Hostgator Affiliate Program- Really a scam?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Washington1, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Washington1

    Washington1 Newbie

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    Is there anyone here who is an affiliate of them who has not had any issues?

    I ask because I am sitting on #1 on Google for a keyword that gets 800 searches a day from people who already bought services, and now need hosting (can't elaborate much beyond that). Even if a 2 day (.025% conversion which is an absolute trainwreck) sign up, according to HG, that is $250/day. Obviously I am aiming much higher than that, lol.

    ....Now I hear of HG being scrubbing a ton of sales off, passing off many of them as fraud, canceled, etc etc, but I don't know what to believe, and what just may be another hosting company trying to sabotage them.

    If HG is indeed a corrupt company, if anyone can name a REPUTABLE affiliate for hosting, that would be great. I am losing money every day by not monetizing this site! :D
     
  2. bbmateam

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    I never had a problem with HG. They do pay well. I am not sure what is going on but how are you advertising or promoting your affiliate. I think you should get more targeted people that are willing to stay on with HG. I am an affiliate manager and I tell my customers to use HG because with my products, you need it.
     
  3. Washington1

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    Let me put it this way- it is not breaking ToS of anyone, or blackhat in any way shape or form. There is no reason why I would possibly get in trouble. People search for a term in google, and I give them the answer they were looking for, then "here is a link to hostgator/whoever" right next to it, along with my custom coupon code. That simple. No redirects, nothing sneaky, no CS, nothing. The only thing that is remotely "bad" is the way I got to #1 for the keyword, but that is another issue. ;)

    The problem isn't on my end at all, all I need is an affiliate program who will retain most of my sales (I know some scrubbing is inevitable), and won't feed me any BS why the majority of my sales aren't earning me commissions. This is going to be a longterm income source of mine, and I simply want someone who I can trust, and vice versa.
     
  4. jokel661

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    i also got the same thing with my friend, he needed a hosting and he signed through my affiliate link via an email sent it to him.
    i didn't received any commission or any data report when i checked my stats in my Affiliate HG account?
     
  5. wpbacklinks

    wpbacklinks Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    no, hostgator paid me twice. but the payment take long time... 3 month i guess
     
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    But can you see it in your account if somebody buy something through your link immediately or we have to wait 3 months until it appears in our stats ?

    this is what HG said in its affiliate program :" Active - Active commissions are valid and paid up to date, if a commission is Active at the time of a payout it will be paid.
    Duplicate - A duplicate commission belongs to a customer who has already had an existing account with us, a duplicate commission will never be eligible to be paid.
    Cancelled - A cancelled commission means that the customer has cancelled his or her account with us, this commission will not be eligible to be paid.
    Fraud - Fraud means that either the customer did not verify their account information with us at signup, it can also mean the customer charged back or used a stolen credit card to make their purchase. Fraud accounts are not eligible to be paid, but can change back to active if a customer verifies their account with us.
    Overdue - Overdue means that the customer is currently overdue with us, overdue accounts are not eligible for a commission. If an account is overdue at the time of its first payout date, it will be moved ahead to your next payout date and checked once more. If the account is paid in full at that time, the commission will be paid. If the account is still overdue, that commission will no longer be eligible to be paid.
    Acct. Deleted - A commission that was for a fradulent customer who we had to delete.


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    Are you using direct affiliate or CJ... I am not promoting it any more but when i used to, i always used CJ for it... never lost payment or sales...
     
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    direct link from HG affiliate program . maybe this is the case ?
    it has been 2 months now since my friend is using the hosting and he is legit no BS nor scam.
     
  9. Washington1

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    Direct affiliate. If you were fine with CJ, perhaps I will sign up with them too, assuming it is a different program...
     
  10. skagenweb

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    Hostgator are a scam.
     
  11. bawejaan

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    What was hosting plan period? Because you referrer need to be active for at least two months for you to get paid. Plus the website hosting under this plan should not be under construction.
     
  12. jokel661

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    it is monthly plan and he will be in his second month at the end of this month i guess.but at least it should be in my stats with some pending approval so we can improve our promotion if somebody want to be in this field.
     
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    HG is big scam is you use direct affialite links... use CJ
     
  14. Washington1

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    I wonder why the change with CJ....they need to behave in front of other people who can monitor what they do?
     
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    You could try hostrocket's affiliate program. They pay $75 per sale for 1 through 10 sales, and $150 a sale for 31 or more sales.
     
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    I have also heard that type of problem with hostgator affiliate program. Probably they are start stealing commissions.