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What's There To Stop You From Setting Up Your Own Affiliate Network?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by gimme4free, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. gimme4free

    gimme4free Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Just wondering, what is involved in setting up your own affiliate network?

    Cost of a script.
    Getting the affiliates.
    Getting the merchants.

    What else? Is it really that difficult or does it take a lot of time or money to set one up?

    I have no experience in setting up my own affiliate network but would like to hear your views.
     
  2. sqlbyte

    sqlbyte Junior Member

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    Well my guess is that getting the merchants is the hardest part, if you know/can get them then everything else is easy..
     
  3. bizcredit

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    Being able to pay....
     
  4. so288

    so288 BANNED BANNED

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    It's not that hard to set-up a script and design!
    But the promotion and Running everything will be a tough job, If you don't have spare $20k for small start-up then probably this isn't for you If you want to make it big!
     
  5. Hugo

    Hugo Newbie

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    -Merchanting the transactions
    -Refunds
    -Chargebacks
    -Customer Service(On both ends)
    That's what's hard about setting up an affiliate network. Also, getting affiliates that are worth a damn at pushing traffic will be tough. Without affiliates, it doesn't matter how many merchants you have...

    Also, depending on what kind of aff network you set up, (cpa for instance) you gotta deal with people like us that send traffic that wont convert in order to get the aff payout.

    If you think the networks are hard on us, how do you think the merchants treat the network when they pay 10-20k for a batch of customers with fake phone/c. card #'s that never seem to buy as much as they're supposed to?

    But that being said, some of these guys can clear million$$$ per month. So if played right, it can def be worth it.
     
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    blackdan BANNED BANNED

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    saying is easy, doing is hard.
     
  7. heretolearn

    heretolearn Registered Member

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    Getting the merchants is hard. Getting them to start actively promoting you is harder. Someone once said that if a 1000 merchants join you then only a fraction of those 1000 will start promoting you. Most just join your program and do nothing.
     
  8. breakfree

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    Establishing reputability is the #1 factor, or you won't get any paying customers.

    In order to achieve that, you need tons of money to spend in marketing and/or have a well established and reputable business already in place, with the same potential customers, who would then trust your service more easily.

    After all, that's what Googie did...
     
  9. masterdnh

    masterdnh Newbie

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    you need a shit load of money you have to front your affiliates plus the cost of direct track 10k and all the other shit you need at least 100k in order to front and build a descent network
     
  10. alonski

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    Want to go into a JV on this? Not that I have any money to spend but I could help out somehow.