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sharon i read that i am not supposed to use an affiliate link on this message board.

what is an an affiliate link?  and why am i not supposed to use it?

Posted on: 1:05 pm on November 21, 2000
EBookCompiler Hello Sharon

An affiliate program is a program that pays web sites a commission for promoting their product/service/site.

There is an introductory article about this here:http://www.hits4me.com/arn_money.asp

There is a big directory of affiliate programs (there are thousands to choose from on the Net - but a couple hundred in this directory) - herehttp://www.hits4me.com/income.asp

Now to the links:

When you join an affiliate program, they give you a special link to link to their site.  This is an affiliate link.

You are supposed to use affiliate links on your own web site.

Some affiliate programs allow you to use affilate links elsewhere, like ezines or message boards, BUT some do not - and in these cases it is a violation of their rules.

I do not want to be responsible for assisting people break vendors rules, but neither do I want to check the rules of thousands of programs.  

A simple, enforceable, rule is therefore required.

I am therefore happy for people to use sigs, or Free Ads (in the right area)  for their own web site only - but *not* affiliate links.

One last thing, in my opinion, by not allowing affiliate links, it keeps the tone of the message board more professional - and on topic - as otherwise you tend to get a lot of "dummy" posts which are just excuses to post a link.

Posted on: 4:09 pm on November 21, 2000
Danial I agree with Sunil here on this topic. there are plenty of places to put affiliate links as well as promotional programs on the net. Administering a board, sending newsletters and working full time on programing is enough work without having to play police on what is supposed to be a place for us all to work together building a succesful business by providing quality content for our customers through education and sharing.
I also want to say, thank you for bringing the board back Sunil, it has provided much insite for me when working on projects.

Posted on: 5:14 am on August 22, 2001


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