What is an Affiliate? A general overview.

Gary Gary
What is an Affiliate? A general overview.

Well, for the last two weeks I’ve been reading emails, talking to many people about the program, and now reading through all of the Affiliate Program threads on the forum. I have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of general misconceptions about the Affiliate Program, and more specifically about what an affiliate is.

Some of you already know what an affiliate is, what an affiliate does, and how to successfully generate commission by understanding how to communicate with and get a read on your audience. That is great! Maybe you would be interested in sharing some of your experiences and techniques. What works for you? How have your goals changed? What do you think is needed?

As for the rest of the community, let’s start at square one assuming that some of you are new to this concept.

“Affiliate marketing is an Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's marketing efforts.” - Affilate Marketing On Wikipedia

Ok, so the basic gist here is to sign up, put on a banner on your page, and then wait on the money to come rolling it. Yes, being an Affiliate is that easy. Now being a successful affiliate takes more effort and planning. I fully realize that not everyone has the same goals. Some affiliates are happy making a few dollars in commission here and there to put towards an EF purchase, while other affiliates are actively seeking to use their blogs and websites to make money.

Getting started…

I think that first logical step here would be to realistically decide what your goal as an affiliate will be, and compare that against the goals of your website/blog.

Next, you should fully familiarize yourself with all of the promotional tools available to you through the Affiliate Program. In my research, I have noticed a significant lacking in this area – especially when it comes to using the very effective customizable widgets. They seem complicated but will only require a little bit of time used on trial and error testing, and once you are familiar with the tools, you will not need to ‘test’ again. I think that, for some people, learning about the product widgets will spark ideas for ways to incorporate them into the existing framework of their site / blog more seamlessly and truly fit them in with the content and audience.

Now that you have signed up, set your goals, learned about your tools, and made specific choices in setting up everything on your blog, you should be in a very good position to begin seeing what works well for you and what does not. For some of you, this will likely be the end of the line, but for others this is only the beginning. It just depends on how active you want to be – this program truly is what you make it and the profit potential is limitless.

The point of this post is to get feedback from the community and to give a general overview of the program. If you are interested in learning more, the link for sign up and further information is here.

Thank you all for checking out this thread and please share your thoughts, ideas, and questions, by either posting here on the forum, or emailing me directly.

Gary
Affiliate Program Manager
affiliates@edenfantasys.com
03/27/2009
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Oggins Oggins
Actually, when it comes to being an affiliate, I find myself being both lucky and unlucky at the same time. You see, I live in an area that is far from any big cities and there is only one sex store available. They are very expensive to boot! I'm talking 3x EF prices! I find it pretty successful to just point people to EF and give them my code. I print up some little fliers sometimes and I've ordered the affiliate fliers too. The only problem with the affiliate fliers is that it states the code is expired on the back as of 2007. That's why I just make my own.... But, fliers can be a great success and it gives you another tool especially for those who may not have a blog.
03/27/2009
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Oggins
Actually, when it comes to being an affiliate, I find myself being both lucky and unlucky at the same time. You see, I live in an area that is far from any big cities and there is only one sex store available. They are very expensive to boot! ... More
Making your own flier is very proactive! Sometimes, that little bit of extra effort can make all the difference. I am not sure about the EF fliers expiration date, I will look into this.
03/27/2009
Anica Anica
My little fliers had the expiration date of 2007, but after making sure they were still okay to pass out, I just blacked them out with sharpie.

I keep them in my purse and pass them out at work...usually. many sexually frustrated people in Utah...lol!
03/27/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
ok I had a dumb question. On the "tool bar" where the grab it, my url, desktop buttons are. Theres one that say contributer with an arrow next to it. And I can change contributer to affiliate. Why is that or What is that for?


Thanks, I know I'm going to feel stupid when I read the answer but I can't figure it out for the life of me.
03/28/2009
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by LilyLust
ok I had a dumb question. On the "tool bar" where the grab it, my url, desktop buttons are. Theres one that say contributer with an arrow next to it. And I can change contributer to affiliate. Why is that or What is that ... More
The contributor/affiliate button that you are asking about, is to select where the items you are grabbing will go. When you grab a product as a contributor, it goes into your assignment cart to review. When you grab a product as an affiliate, it goes to your desktop for use in making product widgets to place on your website or blog.
03/28/2009
LilyLust LilyLust
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Originally posted by Gary
The contributor/affiliate button that you are asking about, is to select where the items you are grabbing will go. When you grab a product as a contributor, it goes into your assignment cart to review. When you grab a product as an affiliate, it goes ... More
ahh see I knew I'd have that "duh" moment! Thank Gary
03/28/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
The contributor/affiliate button that you are asking about, is to select where the items you are grabbing will go. When you grab a product as a contributor, it goes into your assignment cart to review. When you grab a product as an affiliate, it goes ... More
I remember when I was new to EF, it took me a while to figure out what the difference was. I would get so confused because I would be grabbing products as an affiliate and then they wouldn't show up in my assignment cart!

One question I have: Is the must be 21 or older to be an affiliate rule completely inflexible? I'm still more than a year from 21.
03/28/2009
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Miss Cinnamon
I remember when I was new to EF, it took me a while to figure out what the difference was. I would get so confused because I would be grabbing products as an affiliate and then they wouldn't show up in my assignment cart!

One question I ... More
This is the current policy...

Legal Terms - Age restrictions:
You have to be 21 years or older to participate in Eden Partner Programs. This information is verified when you fill out the complete registration form for commissions payout.
03/28/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
This is the current policy... Legal Terms - Age restrictions:You have to be 21 years or older to participate in Eden Partner Programs. This information is verified when you fill out the complete registration form for commissions payout.
I don't get that.

You can review sex toys as an eighteen year old but you can't be an affiliate until you're twenty-one?

Makes no sense to me.

Then again, that legal age stuff rarely does.
03/28/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
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Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I don't get that.

You can review sex toys as an eighteen year old but you can't be an affiliate until you're twenty-one?

Makes no sense to me.

Then again, that legal age stuff rarely does.
One of the sites I do surveys for pulled that on me. It promised payouts for every $10 you earn doing surveys. It took me a couple of months to qualify and complete enough surveys to get to that mark, only to discover that they only pay survey-takers with a check card... which is only available to participants 21+ years old. I was pretty unhappy about that.

EF is at least upfront about their age rules. I'd love to know why you have to be 21 years or older--is that a legal concern, or are there other reasons? Can I participate in Eden Partner Programs anyway, and wait until I am 21 to receive my payout?
03/28/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
I've had some commission here and there - only doing it through my blog and online, though. I might have to reconsider the flyers. The widgets really aren't my thing - not a big fan of the whole concept; although, I'm sure they're easy to use. Aside from my contributor widget, I don't do product widgets.
03/29/2009
Sleeping Dreamer Sleeping Dreamer
Some states require you to be 21 to buy sex toys. I assume EF is just covering themselves with the 21 rule as far as legality is concerned.
03/29/2009
Alegria Alegria
I'm also wondering about the 21+ requirement. Is it an international law? You aren't the only people I see that list that as a requirement, which makes me wonder.
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