I was wondering if you could offer your opinion and also what the trends look like (from your perspective) in offering affiliate programs?
What are some best practices for policies and setup that seem to work well?
Some things we are looking at are:
1. Should one require affiliates to be a paid member in order to receive revenue from being affiliates?
2. Is the plugin now associated with Protected Content plugin?
3. Should one prescreen affiliates for the type of industry they are in, their website url, etc to be sure their audience/effort align or compliment the company that is wanting to start the affiliate program (i.e. making it "open" to all or "private" to only those who are approved?
Can the Affiliate plugin be setup to only allow select users access to the Affiliate info if deciding to make it be "private" or approved affiliates only?
4. If making it open OR private is there concerns with if they put a bunch of links to the site that are spammy or questionable sites (is their risk for getting penalize by search engines if it happens too much). This is one reason to potentially make it private where affiliates are prescreened/approved first. Or, is this not the right thinking about it and just not worry about it and make it "open" to all . . .?
5. Pros and cons?
6. Anything to add?
Appreciate the thoughts, opinions, or ideas from your unique perspective . . . smile.