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- Mama Bear
April 3, 2004, 5:53 pm
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have you tried setting up an affiliate program for your products?
Do you get lots of rubbish cpc traffic? Why isn't cpc any good for you?
My site is popular enough to merit a PR7 google ranking.
To advertise on my popular site, email email@example.com
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Well, basically, "no". The search engines, like you, don't
want to risk any money, so they'll ask for your money up
front, thank you very much :-).
The most common arrangement that *does* produce
traffic that you only pay for if it works is called "affiliates".
The basic deal (one of many variants) is:
* I have product X on my website.
* You claim you can send me good traffic.
* I give you a special link that you have to use
to send me the traffic.
* I look in my weblogs, and if I can determine that
someone who arrived via your special link then
went on to purchase product X, then I will give
you part of the purchase price.
If you're really totally new to this, then you might
want to start with big-picture questions, like
"my org's goal is A, how can the website help
achieve that goal?". (Although, maybe this
is not the best forum for it here, where every
third post is devoted to how the Google results
changed in the last 60 minutes :-).
No. What you are asking for is:
Impossible to track for the search engines
Has extremely high potential for abuse
For the first point:
This would require the search engines to trust you (and therefore
everybody else, since what they give you they give to everybody else, you
would be but one in millions of websites). They would need you to report to
them every billing cycle to say "You sent me X hits and I did Y business...
this is sufficient so I should pay you this month"
For the second point:
The search engines need the cash upfront. Just think if they didn't: I
could register a domain name ($7) and get some cheap hosting for a month
($3). Then I set up a site with affiliate links to adult websites, casinos,
etc... I outbid everybody for placement in the search results (if they offer
that) and then take all the links and get all the affiliate business I
can... a month later when the search engine comes to me saying "We sent you
X links and your price was $Y so that means you owe us $Z dollars" I just
ignore them, shut down my site and start over again.
On the internet it is very rare that you will find anybody who is
willing to do anything upfront, this is just the way things are... The
internet as we know it today has been around for 10+ years now, and pretty
much from Day 1 there have been scams, cons and ripoffs going around, enough
so that its become a place where you pay first and then wait for the results