I’m nowhere near a big enough affiliate to determine if or when I should request an increase in affiliate commissions. I guess in my mind a Super Affiliate is someone who rakes in $5,000 – $10,000 or so a month in commissions (minimum).
And in my mind these are the guys that are in the position to request better commission rates. They have both the traffic and the sales numbers to back them up.
Since I’m not even close to the big boys, when do I know it’s time to request an increase? The past several months I’ve gotten a few clues that maybe my perceptions are a bit out of wack. I know that’s really hard to believe, but still–I’m wondering. Two personal notes:
I’ve had one or two merchants email me that I was one of their top affiliates. Schwiiiing! Surprised me though. A lot. Because sure I am making some money and some sales, but not what I perceive as spectacular.
I’ve had affiliate managers email me out of the blue to bump up my commission rates. Sometimes double. Again–sure I was performing great for my personal level, but? No big big numbers in my mind.
I realize that no one is all that interested in paying more for something that they could get away with paying less. The affiliate managers that bumped up my payday–they had me at the lower numbers and I was none the wiser about an increase being in order.
But…here’s the thing. I remember these guys. They caught my attention. I’m on the road to SuperStar Affiliate Status. Is it in their best interests to pay me as little as possible now, or stand out head and shoulders above the crowd and pay me what I’m worth?
It seems every month I turn around and am greeted by yet another *really smart* person in the affiliate marketing arena. I do appreciate the chance to learn from them.
PS: Does anyone have any advice as to when it’s a good time to work out better commission deals? I think realistically it’s too much to expect all affiliate managers and merchants will step up to the plate when the numbers come in.
btw: guess which merchants are getting the white glove treatment from me ;).