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The Walls Came Tumbling Down ~ No More Small Potato Affiliate Marketing Companies



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“When the walls came tumbling down
When the walls came tumbling down
When the walls came tumbling down
Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound’…
Def Leppard

More titillating tidbits on my WAHM Affiliate Marketing experience!

Today I resigned from all but maybe two, of the small WAHM companies I belonged to as an Independent Consultant for Affiliate Marketing.

That’s it, I’m done, I’ve heard, seen and had enough of it.

I got an e-mail today from a company I was a rep for ~ Beautiful Diva.

The email indicated that affiliate links would no longer take a customer directly to your shopping cart, but rather a “landing/splash” page.  The customer would then have the option to search for a representative by entering their zip code, name or other methods.

WTH?  I’m going to put up a banner link to a site ~ have a potential customer click through to it ~ and then have that potential customer enter their zip code to find a different rep?

Who are they going to search for under “name” ~ Moomettesgram?  My full name used to be displayed before they did a U-Turn on their marketing tactics.

I don’t think so.  Down came that banner and ~ exit, stage left.  No more rep for that company.

My advice to anyone who’s thinking of becoming an Affiliate Rep, is this:

Before you sign up with a new WAHM company, check to see where your customer is going to land.  Otherwise – all you’re going to be doing is putting up a banner for the company gratis, and you won’t see any sales.

How many of my readers know what my zip code is?  I speak often of living in New England ~ Connecticut specifically ~ but I don’t think anyone is going to find me through that method.

If you blog and use banners, do all your readers know what state you live in?  Do you use your real name, or a by-line?

Really, young ones, think this one through.  Don’t just blindly do everything these companies ask you to do.  You are going to be taken for a ride if you do.

Another reason I’ve left several companies is that many are signed up with JROX.  One particular company made their reps sign up at least 3 times for a new JROX affiliate ID.  Talk about confusion.  No sales there ~ the website was down ~ the affiliate IDs didn’t work~ excuses, excuses.  I’m outta there.

Nope.  The only companies I’m with now are basically through big-name affiliate sites.  I’ll stick with those for awhile, and see how it goes.

No more small potatoes.

If anyone has any other experiences and you find you’re rolling in dough, speak up, and add yourself as a subscriber if you’d like to hear my continuing saga!


About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger and influencer from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Crochet Shop for the latest Handmade Fashion trends, Home Decor, Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***


  1. dropping by to drop some EC.. but didn’t find out. I thought you have EC… maybe I am looking on the wrong place.

  2. Good for you. That sounds a bit suspicious…

  3. Ugh – I would have dropped them as well. They’ve definitely made a big mistake there.

    Unfortunately – there’s too many who aren’t knowledgable enough to know that this isn’t a good idea. (Thank you for bringing attention to it.)

    As far as your complaints about JROX (aka JAM) – I’d have to say this is more than likely the operator rather than JROX itself. JROX is known as an excellent affiliate program service.

    To make you sign up three times and for the links to not work – it sounds as though to me that someone did not install it correctly.

    To make their affiliates have to change the affiliate links many different times is a huge no-no.

    Well – look at what you did – you said adios – and I don’t blame you. How many links did you have to change every time they changed the links?

    I will pass on a little tip for you from an affiliate marketer point of view … you always want to set up a redirect.

    First of all, unfortunately, sometimes the links do have to be changed. For example, maybe someone’s program had been outgrew because of an influx of affiliates joining. Maybe the affiliate service had some technical difficulties or maybe the affiliate program owner had a hosting crash. There are a multitude of reasons why this could potentially happen.

    If you set up a redirect, then you only have to change one link which will in turn change all your links (if you ever need help with this, give me a yell)

    Another reason to set up a redirect is it makes for a much “prettier” link. Some of those affiliate links are about the longest – most ugliest links I’ve ever seen, lol.

    Another reason is for those not so honest customers who for reasons I’ll never understand, cut off the code part of the link and go directly to the site without giving the affiliate credit (again, something I’ll never understand – I believe in giving credit where credit is due)

    One more reason is, it makes the link much easier for the affiliate and the customer to remember.

    Let me give you one example here (hope you don’t mind!) I’m a reseller for web hosting and domain names.

    As a potential customer, which one are you going to remember?

    As an affiliate – let’s say I’m writing a blog post and wanted to include my link to my hosting – it’s so much easier for me to remember the one that I use. Otherwise, I’d have to stop and go digging for my link because it would be impossible to remember the first one.

    And if the company I resell for has technical difficulties and needs to change our links – all I have to do is simply change my redirect and that will automatically change probably hundreds of the links I have floating around the net right now.

    (Hmm… thanks! I feel an article about the importance of setting up an affiliate link redirect coming on!)

    If you’re going to set up an affiliate program and you’re not sure what you’re doing – invest a little bit of money and hire someone who does know. You’re going to get the investment back ten fold because you’re going to have a better affiliate program and happier affiliates. Happier affiliates make more affiliate sales means more money for you.

    Unfortunately, everybody and their brother has an affiliate program now but have no clue how to run it properly. Long gone are the days of setting up a program, offering a few link examples and asking some friends to sign up – long gone. It’s so much more these days.

    Great discussion! Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your thoughts!

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