We can be selective in choosing affiliates
By way of explanation, I recently saw advertising by a fitness company which featured a new and somewhat interesting product.
This was a start-up company. Per my usual practice, I sent them an email to see if they thought that they could benefit from my affiliation.
They checked my site and probably my articles and I checked more of their advertising.
We then began messenging back and forth, each of us questioning the other.
Then they offered me what they called a "partnership", the opportunity to represent them. I was a bit bothered by poor spelling and punctuation on their part, but this was most likely only a situation of ESL. The company was in New York.
Their "partner" program gave me a heavily discounted option to purchase the product, a discount code to use and, of course, a unique link. The commission percentage was very good. They were very interested in me doing a review of the product.
I replied back to show interest and to ask a few more questions. At this point, they let me know this:
- Commissions would be paid after the end of the month (of any sales)
- They would decide every month if I should be terminated or not.
Red flags were abundant:
- New start-up company
- Poor English
- Starting me out with an insult (even Amazon was more courteous than this)
- A somewhat overpriced product
- No cookie
- A pay method that could allow them to avoid paying me at any time
If I never created a sale for them, they would get the benefit of my purchase as a new customer, since I have always preferred to do reviews of products that I have used. They would also get the benefit of plenty of free advertising from me.
It didn't seem interesting any more. I was not applying for a job, with "hat in hand". I was seeking a mutually beneficial and courteous relationship, like the others I have.
Bottom line: we are not supplicants. We are business people with something to offer. We should never sell ourselves short.