How To Apply For An Affiliate Network

It’s been a few weeks since I made a blogpost. I’ve been working on a nice little project for the blog, which will be public soon 😉 Fortunately, now it will be back to a more regular schedule.

One of the things that is hard for beginners is actually getting accepted by affiliate networks. The newbie logic goes: I will make them money, they should be accepting me instantly. Then they get hit by reality and get rejection after rejection.

Here’s how an affiliate network thinks: We have a limited amount of affiliate managers. We have worked on building relationships with the advertisers of our offers. Our time is limited. We have to make sure that the partners we work with are worth our time. We will only accept new affiliates that satisfy our criteria, because if they do, there is a very high chance they are worth our time.

Different networks have different criteria. They revolve around experience, budget and connections. If you are already experienced, you get into any network usually. If you have a good budget and decent connections, you can also get accepted even as a newbie. Good connections with more experienced affiliates makes you more likely to learn and succeed.

This is what you need to understand when applying to networks.

You are not a special snowflake, and they will not treat you as one. You will have to go through a standard process, fill in their sign up forms in reasonable detail. The more indifferent you are to this, the more likely you are to get rejected.

Professional image goes a long way. If you have a small but elegant business website (one pager is enough), sign up from a business email, and perhaps even sign up as a company, not as an individual, your chances of getting approved skyrocket.

Referrals matter. Almost all networks ask you where or how you found them, of if you are a member of any forum. That is because people who start affiliate marketing through have a much higher success rate. The same goes if you have a more experienced affiliate as a friend who can refer you. Lastly when it comes to referrals, being part of certain courses can also help you.

The more money you can spend, the more they like you. As an affiliate, you pre-finance traffic. The more volume you can pre-finance, the easier job the affiliate network has with you. If you are a total newbie willing to risk $20,000, you are a better lead for the network that someone with $500 budget.

From now on, whenever you apply to an affiliate network you should take your time to fill in their forms, sign up from a business email, have a business website, try to have at least one referral, and explain your budget for running campaigns.

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Emanuel Cinca, aka Manu

My story starts in Lipova, Romania, a town of about 10,000 inhabitants, where I was born in a working class family. Growing up in a family that had a shaky financial base and relied solely on month to month wages, and sometimes on short term loans from friends, I knew that I a) didn’t want to get a regular job EVER, and b) I want to have true financial independence.

Fast forward to my high school days, I got admitted into the number one high school of Arad county, “Moise Nicoara” National College. Don’t ask me why they call it a college, that’s just the translation from Romanian. I had a passion for technology and computers, so it seemed natural that I wanted to get into the so called informatics class.

The 4 years here taught me that:

1. Where you come from has little to no impact on your ability to learn, your skills and their value

2. Being number one high school is overrated

3. In the standard educational system, you are not allowed to excel at something, until you have proven to be above average at everything else.

4. Grades are an extremely flawed measurement of someone’s skills

5. I know myself better than anyone else, so I should make my decisions, not anyone else, and I should be OK with the consequences.

These learnings will be reflected in some of my posts here.

After high school, I quit University after 2 months in… TWICE! One time I quit Computers and Information Technology, and the second time I quit Business Administration.

During these years I also developed a passion for poker. I was a content producer at the world’s biggest online poker school for 2 years, and I wrote a book with a Maths professor from Nottingham and TT, who also blogs here. The book is called The Education of a Modern Poker Player.

I moved to Vienna in 2013, at TT’s initiative, and had several failed ventures together, all leading up to what is now Adefy.

I have a keen interest in psychology and in data, which makes performance marketing such a great industry for me. I blog about these topics, sometimes adding education, personal development, and management to the mix.

Interested in: Psychology. Marketing. Management. Investing. Startups. Entrepreneurship.

Hobbies: Reading. Fitness. Football. Travelling.

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