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3 Tips to Get Your Affiliate Network Working For You

Profile photo of Riza [Moderator] Submitted by Riza [Moderator] April 9, 2014 Website :

Times are tough for affiliates.

In February 2014, the affiliate channel accounted for only 7% of e-commerce transactions — down from 9% in February 2013, and a drop in the bucket compared to major e-commerce traffic sources like organic search (24%), paid search (19%), and email (18%).

The above figures come from The Custora Pulse, a free US e-commerce industry benchmark, aggregating transaction and customer data from over 100 US e-commerce retailers, developed and updated by e-commerce marketing analytics company Custora (disclosure: my employer).

But don’t go feeling bad for affiliate marketers just yet. According to Custora’s E-Commerce Customer Acquisition Snapshot — which analyzed data from 72 million customers from 86 US retailers across 14 industries — the Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) of new customers acquired from affiliates is, on average, 8% higher than that of customers acquired from other channels.

Of course, this number varies quite a bit by retailer, vertical, and specific affiliate. But it also suggests that there’s a juicy prize out there for marketers that can effectively manage their affiliate networks.

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11 Responses to “3 Tips to Get Your Affiliate Network Working For You” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    If you ask me, I would add that another tip that can help affiliate network for e-commerce sites should be adding perks to the offers provided to customers. This can be added to the three tips shared above for better results.
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  • Profile photo of Ankit Bansal Profile

    Hey Riza, Thanks for this helpful tips. I am using some affiliate networks. I liked your second and third tips. These tips really help to manage and structure the marketing strategy and keep your customers/readers engaged with your site.

    Thanks :)
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  • Profile photo of Arun Profile

    Well, the article stated that affiliate channels’ contribution to E Commerce got reduced. But at the same time, new customers came in with a good gesture. They came in with a good CLV (Customer Lifetime Value).

    It is point #2 that sounded pretty solid to me. Not just focus on first time action. Think long term. That’s the strategy one should embrace. The high CLV value is thus something to cheer about!

    And then comes split testing. It is something which can’t be avoided, if one is looking to grow and enhance affiliate sales. I’m reading my second article related to split testing on Kingged today!

    Nice share Riza!

  • Profile photo of Pierre Eustache C. Profile

    Thanks for sharing this Riza! As always, marketing is around measuring! Like someone said: ” you can’t control what you can’t measure”! It is valuable for our case. When we know our customers, it helps us get our affiliate working; email itself bring solution to a lot of problems!
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  • Profile photo of rohan bhardwaj Profile

    Very well constructed and added by @Arun. Every customer in affiliate sales has a value- they will either buy products in future or will keep buying the same product over and over again(subscription). The later one is the juicy one as it get’s one passive income for long term. I wasn’t aware of re-seller scams out there. Thanks for shedding light on that.
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  • Profile photo of Sagor Mamun Profile

    I am using some affiliate networks. I liked your second and third tips. These tips really help to manage and structure the marketing strategy and keep your customers engaged with your site.

  • Yet another awesome post at kingged with great tips

  • Profile photo of Ryan Profile

    Tracking long term engagement is what makes all the difference. Repeat customers, or even repeat engagers through your list emails and social media interactions are the people who fuel your affiliate business. Instead of trying to get as many sales as possible focus on building bonds which lead to repeat sales. When you take care of customers or engaging brand fans you get affiliate marketing to work.

    Power tips Jordan!
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  • Profile photo of Rose Ann Profile

    Nice tips!

    You have just revealed the secrets to affiliate success, and thanks for that.

    These tips will surely help marketers manage and structure their marketing strategies as well as keep their customers engaged with their website.

    As what stated in this article, Affiliate network is powerful because it can help you expand your reach, venture into new markets and find possible customers.

    I’ve learned more about affiliate network by reading this article.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile photo of Farooq Profile

    Hi Riza,

    I read your article as well as your tips. I am also concentrate on this Affiliate Marketing. Your tips are very nice specially second and third which really can help me to manage marketing strategy of Affiliate Marketing.

    Thank you very much for your helpful tips.

    • Profile photo of admin Profile

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