GoDaddy Almost Drops Me As An Affiliate

Okay, this time I have to admit I’m stunned.

I got a letter on Friday saying that as of the 14th I’ll be dropped as an affiliate from GoDaddy because of low sales. This one shocks me because over the years I’ve probably made the most money as a Commission Junction publisher from GoDaddy than I have from anyone else. I get all my domains from there. My friends mainly get their domains from there. I’ve recommended to my clients that if they want to get a new domain to go there.

Now I’m irked. I mean, if I’d made no money from them I still wouldn’t like it because, after all, it’s not costing anyone anything for me to help promote them. But when I’ve made some money for someone, and for myself, and then have them want to drop me… that just seems disingenuous. They did say I could write a letter explaining why I shouldn’t be dropped, which I did, but when someone only gives you a week to respond and you’re responding by email, and it has nothing to do with you as a customer, well, I don’t expect much.

Or at least I didn’t. I got a response back from them, saying they weren’t going to drop me after all. They appreciate me as a customer and publisher, and were looking for those who were no longer participating in the program. Whew! Talk about timing; this part is a rewrite of the original article that was going to post at this time, and I’m glad because I’ve always been a fan of GoDaddy, and for once it’s an affiliate that I’ve made money with.

So now I don’t need to find someone else who markets links, because I don’t work with anyone who decides I’m not good enough for me. I did that with Brookstone and have never gone into their store. I thought I was going to have to push domains through 1&1 instead, since that’s where I host my site. Nope, guess I’m good.

I’m glad it’s worked out for once in my favor. Now, let’s buy GoDaddy!

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Brookstone Drops Me As An Affiliate; Read This

First, I hope you check out my Big RSS Subscriber Contest after reading this article.

Second, read this:

Dear Mitch Mitchell,

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Brookstone has changed the way we assess our affiliate program’s profitability. Based on this analysis, we have found that sales from your website were resulting in a net loss to Brookstone, and we must cease our partnership effective immediately.

Well, thank you very much, Brookstone. Brookstone is one of my favorite retail stores, and I’ve spent a lot of money over the years buying a lot of things from there. I thought it would be kind of cool having them and their products as part of my affiliate domain, so to speak.

But here you go, being dropped because I’m giving them a net loss. Wait, hold on; how am I giving them a net loss? Sure, I haven’t made any sales, but all that means is that I haven’t earned them a net profit. I can’t lose anything for them; that makes no sense. Because I haven’t sold anything, they haven’t had to worry about collecting taxes from me because I’m in New York state.

I haven’t had to get product up front, then send it back to them, costing them in restocking fees (by the way, who agrees with me that restocking fees are the biggest scam and crock they’ve ever heard of; at least half the times your product is damaged, so they’re not restocking it to begin with). Frankly, even without making any sales, at the very least I’ve done nothing except promote them and some of their little quirky products.

Of course, Brookstone is having the same problems as many other retail stores, having posted a loss of 2% from the same period last year, the third quarter being the comparison period, but I find it hard to believe that Brookstone could be saving money by cutting someone like me, and other affiliate advertisers, who cost them absolutely nothing except a little bit of loyalty.

Well, that’s how it goes, I guess. I’ll probably still shop at their stores because, the sneaks, they always have those massage chairs in just the right place in the mall whenever I go there, which, lucky for me, is rare. I don’t like it, but, obviously, they’re not the first affiliate to drop me over the last 9 months.

They just came up with the lamest excuse.

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