FF -- Aug 21 -- Amateur Match is paying out $4 per lead on the Primary Ads affiliate network. It converts after second page sign up, with double opt in for Australia, Canada, UK and USA. Banners, email and search are allowed.
FF -- Feb 15 -- Does anyone know of any dating affiliate programs that pay out higher than casual dating sites? The super fast growing dating sites Fling and SexSearch are topping my research on payouts. SexSearch is paying out $90 and Fling $50 per paid sign up over Valentines. Adultfriendfinder is definitely feeling the heat on its tail from these two. I'm surprised how many dating sites don't have affiliate programs. Match, eHarmony, Perfectmatch and Yahoo! have good programs, but many top and second tier players have relatively small programs, if they have them at all. From the affiliate perspective adult dating sites just plain convert better, which would partly explain the rise in popularity of casual dating sites over the last few years. CJ, Linkshare, Azoogleads, Shareasale, Primary Ads, and Link Connector all drive significant amounts of traffic to dating sites. CJ seems to have the most offers. Email me at email@example.com for a copy of my spreadsheet listing all the dating offer payouts on the top affiliate networks. - Mark Brooks
FF -- Nov 29 -- Word on the street is that TRUE is leaving affiliates awash and not paying out. Here's the word from TRUE...
" We have been migrating to Link Connector for some time now in response to the amount of fraud that comes in from Commission Junction. We are eliminating Commission Junction and will be building an in-house affiliate solution in the future. We do continue to use many affiliate networks through our major partners."
TRUE has been unhappy with CJ for sending them craptastic fraudulent traffic. They've settled their differences and gone their separate ways. I guess that means if you're a CJ affiliate marketing TRUE, you're high and dry. Change out those links. I tried reaching CJ for comment but got the usual zilch response. I've been monitoring dollars-per-unique earned from the affiliate links on Online Personals Watch for a while now and TRUE has been one of the best paying dating programs. I used CJ for a while and switched out to their offer through Primary Ads because the payout was better. My recommendation, if you want to run TRUE offers, use Link Connector. They hold Link Connector in good favor. Looks like they're still running on Primary Ads as well.
Payout comparison: Back in May 2007 CJ was paying out a bounty of $30 per paid membership plus $2 per lead (free sign-up) with a 21 day cookie. They were also running on Azoogleads for $2.30 per lead in May. Right now Primary Ads is running TRUE offers and paying out $3.50 a lead, and Link Connector is paying out $2 per lead. [12/4 - I just got this heads up from LinkConnector. "TRUE no longer has an active campaign with LinkConnector. It is our understanding that they have ended their campaigns with other networks as well."]
MARKETWIRE -- Nov 1 -- Think Partnership Inc., (Primary Ads, Kowabunga) reported Q3 revenues were $18.9 million, down 13% vs. year ago. Net Income was $30K down from $900K year ago. Kowabunga! the company's affiliate network added 17 new clients during the quarter. Think Partnership also released PrimaryAds UK. Commissions paid on PrimaryAds were up 34% from the previous quarter.
The full article was originally published at CNN Money, but is no longer available.
OPW -- Jan 2 -- Online Personals Watch is for online personals marketing managers and executives to stay ahead of the news, and for the press to research the industry. It's not really designed for end users. Having said that, I make a few bucks from affiliate text links. $5k last year. Not too shabby. I thought I'd share the conversion numbers with you, for open discussion. I'm listing companies with which I had more than 1000 click throughs. I'm told affiliates will usually send an affiliate program 300 clicks before drawing initial conclusions on conversions. Here's the rankings drawn from stats for January 1st 2005, through December 25th 2006. I'll redo them for a smaller date range later this quarter.
Income per Unique
Joint: Webdate and Love Access
Both In House
* I switched out to TRUE under Primaryads.com and they are paying out a little better. ** I've not had a good experience with LinkShare.
All the sites pay out slightly differently. Where I had an option, I opted to be paid by % of revenue generated. I've focused on Dollars per Unique for this comparison. If you want the full spreadsheet, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the stats including the number of registrants, paying members, revenue and additional ratios. Your comments please…