Greetings my fellow online marketers, I have a very important tip for you today….
How You Literally Get Ripped Off By A Product Vendors Marketing Funnel…And What You Can Do About It!
If you are into affiliate marketing and you are trying to sell a product for a vendor, no matter what niche you are into, it is very important to examine the product vendors marketing funnel.
Because you may be getting ripped off by the product vendor, intentionally and non-intentionally.
This really stirs me up. I work hard with affiliate promotions, and I know you do as well. We spend our money, and use our precious time, sending our leads and traffic to affiliate promotions.
It is rather irritating when you send traffic and leads (which will never be returned) to a marketing funnel that is simply not paying you your rightful dues.
Here is a case in point….
Steve Clayton and Tim Godfrey, with Kate Anderson, are launching InfoProdigy. Let us examine their marketing funnel and see if there are ways we are losing commissions, while Tim and Steve are gaining 100% commissions…from our subscribers and traffic.
Okay, open up that pdf, and scroll down to page 18 of that report.
Are you there? Great, because there is a link in this pdf.
Do you see it?
In other words, Tim and Steve want you to send them traffic to a squeeze page so they can get your lead on their list, and then your lead is to download their free report that has a link to one of their products which you get absolutely zero commission on, even if it is unintentional (which it most likely is).
(once again, I don’t mind sending traffic to a guru’s squeeze page, but only if they will reciprocate to my squeeze page in return).
The link in the InfoProdigy free report, page 18, is for another product by Steve and Tim called IMEye.org (yes, that is my affiliate link too) that sells for $197 per month. Here is the JV page, and affiliates make 50% on it…, but you will make ZERO when your leads click on the link in this report…unless you do something ninja.
Another way you will most likely loose commissions is on the Thank You page.
The “Thank You page” is prime real estate for upsells, but you’ll never see any of the commissions. What is more, the product vendor will get his “inner circle” buddy’s to put their offers on his Thank You page, and the dialogue goes something like this….
“Hey ‘inner circle’ product owner buddy, my name is Guru XYZ, and my list is 250,000 subscribers. I will email for your launch, but I also want to put one of my own products (perhaps a free offer with a upsell) on your thank you page, and if they buy, you’ll get an affiliate commission on it. That’s right, you’ll get a commission. The original affiliate that sent us this lead in the first place won’t make a dime, but you’ll make money again and again from it.”
That in a nutshell is what happens…, the guru’s make 100% commissions on some front end and backend products in the marketing funnel on a promotion we are sending traffic to. Crazy eh?
So, as affiliate marketers, what do we do when faced with this type of intentional and non-intentional rip off?
Here are some ideas…
- Examine the full marketing funnel of a product you are promoting, from the front end to the backend, including their Thank You page.
- If the product vendor has a pdf that he wants you to send traffic to but you get paid ZERO from the links inside, ask the vendor to rebrand the pdf using a software like Viral PDF (awesome tool). Ask him to send you the .doc file and you can even rebrand it yourself if the vendor is too busy.
- If there are frontend and backend products that you are not getting paid on with YOUR leads, and the vendor is making 100% commission with YOUR leads and traffic, then you have to make a decision.
Do you do ethical cookie stuffing (I’m sure I’ll get a few comments on that phrase)?
Do you still promote? Or, do you simply move to another product?
What would you do? Write a comment below please and tell me your thoughts….