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How to Get Accepted into Affiliate Networks Without Talking on the Phone

November 6th, 2009

pile-of-broken-phones.jpgI’ve seen many people who are not accepted into an affiliate network because they do not want to or cannot talk with an affiliate manager on the phone. Many will find this ridiculous, but it is a fact.

There are many reasons for this, the most common one being the fear of failing to answer a question. This is especially true for new affiliates who just want to get started and don’t have a clue what to do; it’s kind of hard for them to say they’ve got only 200 visitors per month to their website. There are also potential affiliates who are too young for the age requirements and are using parents’ credentials (many smart kids don’t get approved just because of this, even though they have the brains and potential to make a lot of money), have poor English accents, are struggling with physical impairments, or just have a general lack of communication skills.

In this article I will tell you how to get accepted without having to answer their phone call.

First, I want to say that it would be much better if you could just answer the phone and learn how to talk to them, because sooner or later you will have to do it. Don’t be afraid and speak normally. The affiliate managers shouldn’t care who you are as long as you tell them the truth (or at least not straight, obvious lies), abide by their rules, and most importantly, show results.

If you are a newbie, tell them just that and ask them to help you because most of them will gladly assist you. However, you shouldn’t abuse this and call them whenever your landing page design looks weird — that’s probably not going to be their field of expertise!

But if you really don’t want to or are not able to talk with them, here is the solution. Get an instant messaging (IM) client, like ICQ, AIM or a universal one like Trillian. Find out the affiliate network manager’s IM nickname and add it to your list BEFORE applying for the network.

Now, after you have applied and received a message stating that you will get a call in 2-3 days, don’t wait for it — contact the manager by IM immediately and start a conversation. It should be along the lines of “Hey, I wanted to tell you that I just applied for your network and I’d really like to start as quickly as possible, so could you take a moment and verify my account?”

If you have an established website, a PPC account, or a business plan, it’s even better. Tell them what you want to do and ask them what are the best performing campaigns and other information you need to know.

As long as you don’t lie or tell them something suspicious, most of the time they’ll help you get started and approve your account, all via instant messaging.

After you’ve done this, thank them and keep in touch. That is it, the big simple secret to getting approved to any affiliate network without the ID check call (well, you do get checked via IM).

Now you really have no excuse for not starting to make money online.

Related articles:

How to Get Approved for Affiliate Programs and CPA Networks
How I Got Approved for Panthera Network


This article on dealing with affiliate networks is the last installment in a five-part series on Internet marketing by Alex Wells. The other articles can be accessed by looking at the entries for the four days prior to this one.


3 Responses to “How to Get Accepted into Affiliate Networks Without Talking on the Phone”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ed

    This might work with some networks, but any affiliate network is plain false.

  2. comment number 2 by: TJ

    Peerfly will approve you in a day, they will send you an automated code to your phone and email, that’s all you need. Great offers too.

  3. comment number 3 by: Eamon Diamond

    As long as you don’t lie or tell them something suspicious, most of the time they’ll help you get started and approve your account, all via instant messaging.

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