LinkConnector has struggled to stand out from the pack but nonetheless has managed to sign some exclusive deals with big name brands, including Writer’s Digest, the Disney Store, Ironman, Hats.com, and Everly. Their strictly controlled screening process for both merchants/advertisers and affiliates/publishers means that you can always rely on the quality of products on offer.
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ClickBank allows you to join for free, and the approval process is virtually automatic, so it’s a great choice for people entering the affiliated game for the first time. ClickBank has a ton of information, including FAQs, walk-throughs, and videos available, so the barrier to entry is quite low. There’s also a (paid) program called ClickBank University with courses and assistance from experienced marketers.

You’re obviously wondering why I pulled this app. The biggest reason is because it required a lot of upkeep based on how I built it – I had to manually update the XML and keep the installations fresh. By the end of the first week I was getting a lot of people who were pissed that the product prices weren’t accurate – when BB changes their pricing on the master XML feed, I would have to re-export it, modify it for my own structure, then upload it to my own site. This included sales and promotions.
It is important to note, however, that StudioPress is now a subsidiary of WPEngine which is the company that actually does the web hosting on which StudioPress’s Genesis framework runs. The affiliate program only works with choosing the StudioPress framework and themes, not the actual hosting on WPEngine. WPEngine has a separate affiliate program for its hosting services, which yes, is a bit confusing.
If an affiliate partner would like to use the Buying Options API there are some guidelines they will want to follow to ensure they receive their affiliate credit. Currently there is NOT a way to pass LID into the Buying Options API. This is something we are investigating for the future. An affiliate can use the Buying Options API to identify available offers but will need to do secondary call to our Products API using their LID to generate the appropriate affiliate LinkShare urls. It is also not possible to use the addToCartUrl or linkShareAffiliateAddToCartUrl with the expectation that you are adding Open Box product to the cart (as opposed to a new product) without special javascript added to your page. If you are interested in doing this please contact us at developer@bestbuy.com and we can provide examples and guidance.
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