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Monday Money: Smorty Statistics

This one will be a short post.


Because it’s dedicated to the Smorty affiliate statistics, and if you are the affiliate of the Smorty, you know why.

Affiliate statistics on Smorty look like:

  • Referral Reports:
  • Last 2 Weeks – Total: $0

Very informative, hm? :)
So, that’s it for today. Stay tuned.

Smorty Blog Advertising

Monday Money Statistic – Commission junction

Five days ago I started with “commission junction” affiliate program.

I was fascinated with the options that were offered: so many Advertisers to choose from! I remember them since late nineties, when I was young and fresh to Internet. Those days I didn’t think it will last, but luckily I was wrong. :)

So, after getting the account there I applied to few advertisers, some of them declined me immediately without explanation:
“Your application has been declined by this advertiser for one or more reasons. If you have a question please contact the advertiser through advertisers detail page within the account manager.”

Well, I didn’t find anything on the detail page, maybe I should contact the advertiser directly? Yes, but I don’t have a time for that.

Here are my affiliate statistics for the first five days in business:

  • I created 19 links from 12 advertisers and posted them on 3 blogs
  • Total number of impressions are 1,581
  • Total number of clicks are 5
  • Sales? None!

It looks like my visitors likes shopping at (ratio impressions:clicks is 4:2), then eBags Outlet, WhiteSmoke English & Grammar Lessons and WhiteSmoke’s Shopping Cart.

Why Linkshare?

Three days ago I became a member of thanks to iTunes!


Well, I wanted to become iTunes affiliate and submitted a application. However, my application was turned down because my blog is not about music. I was a bit upset because in my mind music is one universal thing. Everybody is listening to music, everybody is to a greater or smaller extend interested in music, we are all surrounded by music on a daily basis. My visitors most probably also listen to music and might be interested in iTunes. Well, however, you can apply for iTunes affiliation program only through LinkShare, so I needed to register there before submitting my iTunes application. I registered, my iTunes application was denied, but I remained a member of LinkShare. Now we’ll see how it works. Will keep you posted.

So far, my first impressions are that the whole system and member sinterface they have is kinda too complicated for a beginner. There are bunch of forms with dozens of fields to be filled in and some links I created are not working. Here is one example. I have received the following link from LinkShare (to use it on my blogs): Holiday Classics- personalized greeting cards.

If you clicked on it you will see that this link doesn’t take you to the designated page. If it did take you there, then it means that they fixed it up in the meantime.
But, so far, this link doesn’t work. I asked them few hours ago and I hope I will receive some answer soon. Until then there’s nothing left for me to do except to wait.

Here are some statistics on my affiliate performace in the first 24 hours:
- 239 impressions,
- 70 click-throughs in 1 day through 2 blogs
- I created 5 affiliate links (+ one not working)

New statistics will be publishied in 7 days.


LinkShare  Referral  Prg

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