In reference to a question I recently answered
(Person asking the question)
Hi I was in chat with you the other night ans you said something about affiliate networks not liking having websites in your comments. I have some questions about this.
You see on so many blogs, comments that link to people's websites. A lot of bloggers comment on sites to have that link left. Why would you need to delete them? Wouldn't affiliate networks know that these are just your comments and not free advertisements???
Thanks for your time :)
Answering your questions in order of receiving.
Why to delete? Well, it has a lot to do with demonstrating to the affiliate companies what your niche is. Having the links of other sites makes it difficult for the affiliate company to know who you are allowing to post to your site.
Wouldn't affiliate networks know that these are just your comments and not free advertisements? Not necessarily. As you are starting your business up, affiliates want to see ZERO other sites that are also on your site unless they are references. Once you have had some sales with the affiliates, THEN it becomes a different story altogether because you have proven to the affiliate company that you are serious about the advertising that you do for them.
But there's a part to the whole comments thing that even Kyle hasn't mentioned. I actually got this information from Avantlink (one of the affiliate companies I am working with).
"You may see the comments of people and their websites as a free enterprise market. Not so with affiliate companies. How are we to know that you are not allowing those websites to have free advertising? Furthermore, you the advertiser don't know which ones of those who are commenting are also clients from the same company. It then appears that the individual (while commenting on another business person's site) is then also advertising for an affiliate company.
"So, rather than get confused in which person is representing a particular affiliate company, don't allow another individual to post their website on your business website. Once you have built up some sales via the affiliate company you are representing, then you can start allowing people to leave their sites."
Now you see why I couldn't give the WHOLE EXPLANATION in chat. Until you begin to show the affiliate company you represent that you are committed to representing them via the successful selling of a product or two, ONLY THEN can you allow the linking of other people's businesses.
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