Friendly Affliate Commisions
Friendly Affiliate Commissions
As you have probably noticed, more and more companies are offering affiliate marketing programs. If you haven't noticed this, the next time you are
about to buy something online, open up another browser window and place "X Item + affiliate program" in the Google search box.
Chances are the results will show that the product you are about to buy would pay a commission to an affiliate. Especially if the commission is
significant, this may give you the idea to sign up for the affiliate program so that you can get paid for your own purchase.
Doing this is against the rules of every affiliate program there is or ever was, and we wouldn't recommend trying this. However, there is
another slightly less shady option that can fulfill the same desire.
Friends Who Spend
Basically what you could do is make friends with someone who is an affiliate just like you, and then you could make an agreement with
that friend that each time either of you is going to purchase a product that pays an affiliate commission, you would refer each other.
The only way this works, though, is if you make friends with someone who spends money online. This shouldn't be too hard though since
most affiliates purchase commissions-eligible products like web hosting, education, and books.
Especially for products such as web hosting that pay residual lifetime commissions, both you and your friend could receive quite a discount
over time, by enacting this agreement.
Do the affiliate programs want you to make an agreement like this? Not really. Are they going to blackball you from their affiliate program, like
they will if you try to personally receive commissions from the products you personally buy? Not likely, it's doubtful they'll notice.
We're not saying do this. We're just saying if you do do this, we can understand why.
New Affiliates Make Good Friends
If you were looking to set up the kind of arrangement described above, the most receptive audience you would find is new affiliate marketers.
These individuals are hungry for commissions, so if you can send some commissions their way, you are a friend.
Super-affiliates who already have tons of traffic coming in through other means are not going to bother with your one-off "black hat" idea of
trading commissions between friends. But for the affiliate who's not yet profitable, being friends is a distinct possibility.
What's more, new affiliates have to buy more stuff, so if you become their friend early enough in the process, you can rack up some decent
commissions as they fulfill their side of the bargain and buy repeatedly through your affiliate links, like a good friend should.
Big Ticket Items and/or Lifetime Commissions
You don't want to waste a lot of time pursuing this opportunity. You should have more important things to do as an affiliate than worry about
commissions derived from one particular person.
Because time management is such an issue for affiliate marketers, it may be best to confine your "gentlemen's agreement" affiliate sales to big
ticket items that both friends are planning on buying. For example, an Internet marketing course that costs $999 and pays a $250 commission,
or a poker affiliate offer where each player can pick up an extra $150 for referring each other.
Besides big ticket items, lifetime commissions are the other Holy Grail of this slightly shady scheme. Over time, small amounts can add up to big
amounts if they keep coming like clockwork. Web hosting and gambling are two perennial lifetime commissions affiliate marketing hotbeds, so
if you know a new affiliate who needs web hosting and likes to wager, make a friend today!