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which affiliate platform? DR or Avangate

Hi All,
I'm thinking about let affiliate help me sale my product, then I can focus on my product development. So the problem is which one?

1 DR, I got many bad words about it, however it's the biggest one.
2 Avangate, focus on euro.

Any other choice?

BTW, is affiliate still helpful for shareware developer recently?

Your suggestions are welcome at any time.
feelapi Send private email
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
It seems you do believe in magic affiliates who will bring you lot of sales.

It doesn't work this way.  Your own website should bring sales.
MatrixFailure Send private email
Thursday, July 31, 2014
@MatrixFailure, thanks.  SEO is hard now. en, always hard ^_^
feelapi Send private email
Thursday, July 31, 2014
"It's not just you! http://www.feelapi.com looks down from here."

Hard to say if affiliates could help you without knowing what market your product is aimed at.

Reluctantlyregistered Send private email
Thursday, July 31, 2014
SEO, and marketing, are not complicated, but they take a lot of work and effort.  Many programmers think "build it and they will come to you", but it doesn't work that way unfortunately.  So you should change your mindset from being a coder to being a business man (or woman!).

I agree with the above -- affiliates don't help very much.  And your level of fraud will go up a lot from everything I've heard.
Doug Send private email
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Sophos on this computer blocked even accessing your web site.  It printed:

Location: www.feelapi.com
Access has been blocked as the threat Mal/HTMLGen-A has been found on this website.
Return to the page you were previously viewing.

That can't be good for marketing, unless you are targeting the "live dangerously" niche?
Racky Send private email
Thursday, July 31, 2014
@Reluctantlyregistered, @Racky, feelapi.com is my personal blog. It's built on github page. I found some issues in my DNS setting.

I also found some professional SEO guys said that link building is dad now. More content on your website user like, more visitors from search engine.
feelapi Send private email
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Sorry for the typo. I mean link building is dead now. You have to focus on your content.
feelapi Send private email
Thursday, July 31, 2014
No that's what Google says, not what professional SEO guys say...

It's certainly true that it's much harder than it used to be, to the point that it's impractical for most people to both produce a decent product and does SEO at the same time.

Like most such things it's best to hire a specialist.

Reluctantlyregistered Send private email
Friday, August 01, 2014
Very few small software companies make more than a few percent of sales from affiliates. To make serious affiliate sales requires a lot of effort. Also problems come with it, such as fraud.

I use the Avangate platform for payment processing and affiliates. It works fine.

I recommend avoiding Digital River like the plague (and I'm not sure they are the biggest these days).
Andy Brice Send private email
Friday, August 01, 2014
I've had affiliates account for about 40% of my total product sales, and I am selling products as affiliate too for tens of thousands of dollars per month.

Don't expect affiliates come knocking on your door. Mostly you will have to find them and persuade them to sell your product.

I prefer to use Cleverbridge. Works really well.
Jaywalker Send private email
Friday, August 01, 2014
I don't want to say anything bad about Digital River.
Their merchant services work good and are reliable.

But when it comes to using them for an affiliate program
I will just Quote Andy:

"I recommend avoiding Digital River like the plague"

I never tried Avangate for an affiliate network, nor do
I know of anyone who ever used them.
C. Stark Send private email
Thursday, August 14, 2014

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