Network Approval Tips From Market Leverage

Considering affiliate marketing, but having trouble getting started? Here are a few tips from the team at Market Leverage.

Have a Plan

When you’re first starting out as an affiliate, it can be difficult to figure out your goals and business plan. Many publishers hear about affiliate marketing from their friends or on a blog, and decide to sign up without doing much research. Know what you’re getting into! Anyone in the industry can tell you, you can make a lot of money, but it’s a lot of work! Performance advertising isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme; it’s a legitimate business opportunity and should be treated as such.

Be Prepared

You’ve shopped around, done your homework, and have selected a niche of interest. It helps to be proactive. Are you going to work as an individual, or operate as a corporation? If you’re planning on starting a company, have you filed the appropriate licenses? Are you going to work with a shared or dedicated server? The more you build up your business with the important basics, the better. There are significant expenses associated with the success of an online marketing business. Take the steps necessary to set yourself up for success.

Honesty is the Best Policy

It’s ok if you’re new to the industry. There are hundreds, if not thousands of new affiliates applying to networks on a daily basis. False information on your application, or in phone interview, will only hurt you. If you say you’re making $100k a month, but don’t know what search marketing is or have never heard of an email list, networks are going to know. If you’re upfront and honest, our publisher managers can make the best recommendations for you. We can only help you succeed when we get to know you and your business.

The Application

At the bare minimum, fill out required fields. The information on the application is necessary for us to help you, and to pay you. Please fill out all fields, even the optional ones. Remember, the more we know about you, the less of your valuable time we waste, and the more time you have to work on your campaigns.

The Phone Call

We understand that many affiliates hate talking on the phone. In an online world, there are many ways to communicate. In fact, our publisher managers are available on IM, email, snail mail, social networks, and even in person if you live in the Orlando area. All that being said- the phone is like the key to the city. Networks that use phone screening are not going to accept your application without speaking to you…over the phone. This is to protect you, your business, and other advertisers and publishers. Once you have the key, you can keep the lines of communication open however you want. The ability of our network, and others, to offer great customer service, higher payouts, and incentive programs is dependent on the quality of our team- and you’re our MVP! So please, be available for our call.

Rejected?!

Sometimes, despite best intentions, we deny legitimate affiliates. If you haven’t already spoken to someone, feel free to reach out to us. While we can’t approve everyone with a simple phone call, it helps to open up the relationship and ask questions.

Reading is Fundamental.

I can’t tell you how important it is to have a clear understanding of the network’s terms and conditions. I know the fine print can be pretty dry, but it is essential to understand to ensure you get paid. If you don’t follow the rules, you don’t win the game.

Ask Your Way To Success.

There are great resources available out there- forums like ABestWeb and WarriorForum, blogs, and membership sites that teach you affiliate marketing from A-Z; we even offer GreenLinks affiliate video tutorials to help explain key concepts. You can also ask your publisher manager for help. Remember- your success is our success.

Tell Me What You Want

The best way to get what you want? Ask. While we can’t guarantee raised payouts, free swag, or comped conference passes, you don’t know unless you ask.

Final Exams

The performance marketing industry is always evolving. New technology develops, offers change, and new methods of driving traffic evolve. How do you keep up? Any affiliate marketer will tell you- there are no guarantees! Split test, test creative, test landing pages, test your subject lines, test anything and everything.

Dina Riccobono is the Marketing Manager at Market Leverage and host of MLTV. Follow Dina on Twitter @MLDina.


59 thoughts on “Network Approval Tips From Market Leverage”

  1. Michael Zhao says:

    I shall do that!

    1. Michael Zhao says:

      Grammar mistake after Be Prepared: “You’ve shopping around.” Would sound better if it was, “You’ve been” or, “You’ve shopped” =D

    2. I frankly don’t understand what is affilicate marketing. I wish I could find some definition on the post.

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      1. Michael Zhao says:

        Hey, you have a nice site, but why don’t you have any sponsors and advertisement on it?

      2. You promote a number of products from the same or different companies on a website that you create. You get paid a commission on each sale or if you provide a lead.

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      3. MLDina says:

        You can check out our affiliate tutorial videos, GreenLinks. They offer a rundown of the basics of affiliate marketing and working with our network.

        1. One of my friends want to know whether you guys are available all around the planet like in Asian countries as well.

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          1. MLDina says:

            We only have offices in the US, but we do accept international affiliates.

          2. Is that mean I can also apply. I am from India.

            Will you please tell us the payment procedure as well.

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  2. Clickbooth doesn’t like me very much for some reason but I am a member of more networks than I can possibly promote so it doesn’t really matter.

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  3. adam says:

    It’s funny that market leverage can give advice on this!

    I applied to market leverage>got accepted>lasted all of 15 days>banned for 6 months>referred to massively vague section of their terms and conditions>emailed to find out what “exactly” i’d been banned for?(very politely)>market leverage ignored me and continue to ignore my emails to this day. 10+ emails sent so far and not one response. How can you expect people to learn from their mistakes when you ignore them??
    Massively dissappointed with them and how I’ve been treated.

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    1. That’s no fun, maybe you’ll get their attention with that comment!

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    2. wow. that sucks. Hopefully Dina from ML will contact you to resolve this matter.

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      1. Michael Zhao says:

        It’s nice to hope for things…

    3. MLDina says:

      Hi Adam- While I don’t know the specifics of your situation, any violations of our terms and conditions are taken very seriously. I’m sorry you weren’t able to get more information at the time, but if you want to reach out to me at my first name at marketleverage dot com, I’m happy to work with you to figure it out.

      1. Adam says:

        I’ve just reached out to you Dina fingers crossed you can point out what it was I did wrong.
        Thanks for replying to me.

      2. Adam says:

        Hi Dina,

        You emailed me the following on May27th

        Hi Adam-

        Thanks for reaching out! I’ve cc’d Melissa Clarady, our compliance manager, on your email. She’ll follow up with you regarding your account. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

        -Dina

        Still not heard anything from Melissa Clarady. By the way it was Melissa that I’d initially email for help over 8 times and didn’t hear back so can you see how I’m not hoping for much back from this.

        Hoping you’ll reach out to me again.
        Adam

        1. MLDina says:

          Hey Adam-

          That’s strange, I got the response from her. Let me forward you what she sent. Do you have Instant Messenger as well?

          1. So Adam what is the status ??

            Got mail from Dina ?

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          2. Adam says:

            Unfortunately same as before nothing. Not heard anything from Melissa Clarady and even though I’ve posted my Instant Messenger details nobody has come knockin?? Feels a little bit familar though this so if I’m honest I’m not holding my breath.

          3. Adam says:

            Unfortunately same as before nothing. Not heard anything from Melissa Clarady and even though I’ve posted my Instant Messenger details nobody has come knockin?? Feels a little bit familar though this, so if I’m honest I’m not holding my breath.

          4. MLDina says:

            Hi Adam- I just checked back and saw your IM (don’t see you online though). Mine is MktLvgDina, and you’re welcome to get in touch with me as well.

  4. Maybe networks could work on writing their ToS in ENGLISH and then we’d read them.

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  5. aansa says:

    There are so many affiliate marketing programs, why some one should go with marekt leverage? Any comments on that?

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    1. They claim to be the highest paying awards program with good service etc. But as we can see from Adam, maybe service isn’t thaaat good..

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  6. Anyone else finding the comments to be really slow here on JC?

    1. Cam Birch says:

      As far as I understand the comment slowness is due to a very poorly written comment plugin that John uses. It checks if you have made a comment before and if not it sends you a nice e-mail.

      Some combination of the comment plugin being crap and the WordPress database being poorly optimized for such a scan is the likely culprit.

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      1. yes, its really slow…its been like this for weeks, if not months now AFIK.

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      2. Isn’t that Ian Fernando’s Opt-In Comments plugin or is it another one?

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    2. Yes, the comment takes several seconds to be posted.

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  7. Rick Vaughn says:

    I’m mostly a blogger but definitely looking to get into affiliate marketing. Thanks for the tips I bookmarked the post.

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    1. May be they want to give you fresh air and easy breath as well before you post next comments 🙂

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  8. Dwayne says:

    I tried to sign up for Market Leverage once, but since I am hearing impaired and cannot talk on a phone I was unable to complete the process. Although I told the guy that emailed me of my problem he told me to give him a call when I got my hearing fixed. I am not deaf, but I am considered hearing impaired, I asked more than once if we could do this over IM or email and was rejected. So I just let it be. The Doc said that my hearing was not getting any better so I guess I will not be calling him anytime soon.

    1. Cam Birch says:

      While internet advertising is certainly a progressive form of advertising it would certainly appear that most IT related companies including web companies don’t have a good grasp on how to handle disabilities. In fact most of the internet in unusable by people with sight problems.

      Its not you, its just that the world hasn’t figured out people with problems actually exist. Often it can be rather difficult to bend around the “rules” and valuable people are usually left in the dust.

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    2. sorry about your impairment. ML really has to work on the customer care if they rejected you on the basis of you not being able to answer a phone call. Try another affiliate like commission junction…no phone call needed.

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      1. MLDina says:

        Dwayne-

        MarketLeverage strongly believes in empowering our publishers to help them succeed, and do not discriminate based on gender, disability, race, or any other factor. If an applicant has a disability, we are happy to work with them to complete the application process. Our CEO himself has significant hearing loss and wears two hearing aids, so we sincerely empathize with your situation and take it very seriously.

        As you may recall, you had told us that your hearing aids were being repaired and offered to call us when they were fixed. We will be happy to talk with you by phone if it’s convenient, or will work with you to find another solution to allow you to complete the application. Please contact me direct at dina (at) marketleverage (dot) com to discuss in more detail.

        1. Thumbs up to Dina for coming forward to address and hopefully resolve the issues posted!

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  9. Cam Birch says:

    Certainly interesting information presented here. I haven’t yet considered actually joining an affiliate program or similar but my curiosity has certainly been there. It is nice to better understand the process you must go through before getting approved.

    1. So what is your main source of income, if you are not into the business of affiliate marketing.

      Would you like to share with us.

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  10. Yet again – thank you John for the great tips. I’m still new to affiliate marketing, so this is priceless for me

  11. Dean Saliba says:

    I’m oohing and ahing about getting into affiliating marketing, maybe more posts like this could help newbies understand affiliate marketing a little better?

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    1. Yeah more posts and if they stuck somewhere than Guru like John Chow can guide them in proper manner.

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  12. Palabuzz says:

    I have been thinking of doing affiliate marketing for a while now but I am afraid of rejection.

    thanks for this tips!

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    1. So because of afraid … you will never apply. Thats simply great thoughts … and what if you accepted.

      You will never know unless and until you will try. So give it a shot.

  13. fas says:

    Nice tips there. Sure these will be very helpful when I apply for ML.

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  14. I filled the application some months ago but were rejected too. Maybe my traffic back then was not good enough or my blog popularity. Never knew why I had been rejected.

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    1. Contact Dina at her given email address … may be she can help you.

      Here is her email address – Dina at marketleverage dot com

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  15. I just wanted to thank you for all the information on affiliate marketing. It’s something I’m really interested in.

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  16. Zak Show says:

    I am already accepted in all affiliate networks that I signed up for, I tried with ML too but I got rejected with no reply! How? I’ll tell you how..

    I signed up normally and I got the call phone and talked with the affiliate manager. Honestly she was speaking like a machine, something like she reads the questions, anyway; I answerd all the questions then she said, that’s ok thanks.

    BUT guess what? I got no reply, no email confirmation or an email where they explain why I’m rejected!

    Can I apply again?

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    1. MLDina says:

      Hey Zak- Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have regarding your application. My email address is Dina at marketleverage dot com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

      1. Zak Show says:

        Contacted you via email, looking forward to hearing from you!

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        1. Please update us as well … about the progress.

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        2. MLDina says:

          Hey Zak- Just checking back in, haven’t gotten an email from you recently. Let me know if I can be of assistance!

  17. Great tips all around. Too bad some people probably won’t listen to them. I always see people in forums talking about how hard affiliate marketing is, but they never took the necessary steps in order to make good money.

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  18. Mr. I says:

    Great tips. Honesty is indeed the best policy. People who present fake info get busted soon!

  19. Yes this kind of tips can help newbie to get a path and can follow them as well.

    Certainly nice way.

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  20. Tyson says:

    This is the stuff newbies never find out about until they are almost “over” the affiliate marketing thing. Thanks

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