Domain Name Industry Affiliate Programs

Domain Name Industry Affiliate Programs

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There are many people who invest in domain names that are involved in affiliate marketing. I’ve never been very good at making money with affiliate programs, but there are plenty of people who make a living off of revenue from affiliate programs.

If you aren’t aware, there are a number of affiliate and referral programs within the domain industry, and I want to share some of them with you in case you have a website that caters to people looking for information about domain names and the domain industry. Payout percentages vary depending on the program and product, so you should investigate individual programs for that information.

One important thing to keep in mind is that when it comes to aftermarket domain sales, tracking may be more difficult since some are closed over the phone or after negotiations. This means it may be difficult or impossible to track affiliate earnings.

Domain Industry Affiliate Programs:

There are a few companies that offer private affiliate programs, so you may want to inquire about them directly to the company if it’s not listed above.

If you know of other domain industry affiliate / referral programs that I didn’t list, please post a comment with a link to them.


About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.


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Comments (22)

    BullS

    The next Q is which one pays the most?

    April 5th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    MiniSites.com

    We also have an affiliate program, I believe our highest payout so far was $573 on a $5,730 sale. Visit the link below if you are interested in applying. Thanks.

    http://affiliates.minisites.com/

    Michael Sumner

    April 5th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Elliot Silver

      @ Michael

      I added it to the list – thanks!

      April 5th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    rob sequin

    Anyone ever have any experience with any of these programs?

    If so, did you ever make any money with the program(s)?

    April 5th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Francois

    All the affiliate programs I tested through our domain sites have given horrible results.
    I have pested many times and suggested what should be changed to improve them but nothing has change in 6 years.

    Example:

    Sedo.com affiliate program pays according our massive stats less than 2 cents per unique visitor from an ultra targeted site like ClosingAuctions.com

    Still want to join?

    April 5th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Poor Uncle

    To my newbie friends, please don’t waste your time with domain affiliates. And, stay away from amazon & cj.com.
    Try selling insurance with surehits.com. Or create a deal website like deals2buy dot com. It won’t make you rich, but getting your first commission check by putting in a couple months of work can be quite fulfilling. :)

    April 5th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Steven Swimmer

    I’ve been on hundreds of affiliate programs over the last 13+ years. Very few pay well, but I have had some good payouts.

    Never any good payout from any of the Domain affilate deals. Aftermarkets sales are rare and hand-typed fees are pennies at best without an up-sell to hosting.

    April 5th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Mike

    GoDaddy’s T&C’s are particularly egregious. They only pay on the first sale, not the life of the cookie. Most people hand reg a domain, and then come back later for hosting or a website building tool. So with GoDaddy, you miss any upside as you’re only getting paid a couple bucks for the domain.

    April 5th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    BullS

    Bottom line…it is a scam

    What a freaking waste of time

    April 5th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Rod

    @Bulls

    “Bottom line…it is a scam

    What a freaking waste of time”

    :)

    For 90% of us life is bloody hard….

    April 6th, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Elliot Silver

    @ Bulls

    In the same vein, I think many people would say the same thing about the domain industry in general :)

    April 6th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Danny

    GoDaddy affiliate program pays out relatively well. I think Protrada pays $10 to $20 per lead.

    April 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Lda

    There are thousands of affiliate programs, many working through
    larger affiliate houses such as:

    Linkshare
    Commission Junction
    PepperJam
    ClickBank etc etc.

    You can pick up many ideas from the affiliate market forum at:
    http://www.abestweb.com/

    However, unless you’ve got heaps of natural type-in traffic
    that you’re trying to migrate across from PPC parking etc.,
    it’s VERY hard to make money with affiliate sales.

    Where do you get your eyeballs ?
    Buy the traffic at Google ?
    Somehow get them across from social sites ?
    Other source methods ?

    All viable, but HARD work, and most newbies fail.

    Question the viability of programs that track clients using
    (so-called) long term cookies.
    Most offer 30/45 day, 3/6 month cookies etc.

    Don’t believe there is any such thing as a long-term cookie.

    Whilst long-term cookie-tracking may have worked many years
    ago, long-term cookies are a moribund technology today.

    With modern browsers most cookies are wiped at
    sessions end. Thus when your hard-won client returns
    to the sale site after thinking about it, your link-cookie
    is long-gone, and you get nothing.

    As was mentioned above, sites that offer phone contacts
    are also sales black-holes. Will the buyer mention they
    got the idea via your site ? Even if they did, would you
    be credited ? Unlikely.

    Almost all affiliate merchants have zero transparency.
    You’ve got to trust their word if a sale has occured.

    Cookie-based sales are generally once only. You work
    hard to deliver the client, for perhaps one tiny sale,
    and then the client forever disappears into the merchant’s
    future-sales mailing database, never to be seen again.

    A rare type of merchant does tag any sale to your ID
    and pays on all future follow-up sales. Very rare.

    Now if all the affiliate merchants were like that.

    A future cash stream for your hard work, and no mention
    of cookie-tracking. Might make the hard work worthwhile.

    April 7th, 2012 at 3:18 am

    rob sequin

    Lda,

    Well done. Great summary.

    Best thing is a direct advertiser.

    April 7th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Stephen Douglas

    There are specific techniques to playing the “affiliate” revenue game, and NONE of those techniques are revealed in this article and/or their comments.

    In 2004, I had been using a company’s affiliate program with 27 domains that specifically addressed several of the products of that company’s program. The company was registered with CJ.com.

    After a year, the company offered me a great price on ALL 27 of my domains because they were watching the revenue they were paying out to me monthly. I set a price, they agreed, and I made a big chunk of money, (which allowed me to buy an engagement ring for the most beautiful woman in the world).

    Affiliate programs are incredible IF you follow a certain design program to do it correctly. Successclick.com can help you do this. We already have many of our domains set up for affiliate payouts instead of PPC. We make more money on an affiliate that pays $10 for a sale or two each month on the domain, than from the pennies that trickle in from PPC. You can guess which is the better investment for your time.

    The problem with this article is that most of the “affiliate” programs offered are all based on “domainer sites”. Really? You still haven’t learned that any domainer trying to sell their products to other domainers are idiots?

    Domainers are NOT a domain investor’s market. Period. If you still buy into the “domain conference/rick schwartz damn-you’re cool-cuz you’re here” sales point, then you haven’t come up to speed on what makes money for the rest of us domain investors.

    LEARN THIS FROM A PRO: Selling to domainers rarely works for getting you the value you need from your domain name. Working with domain revenue companies that act as registrars, domain resellers, and brokers basically is a huge conflict of interest.

    Come on, people. When are we going to grow up? Old school wants us to remain in school after we’ve graduated with honors.

    Time to move forward to future ideas and growth. The pigeon shit is already identified, and the “eagle shit” is owned by guys who bought those domains a decade ago and haven’t sold them yet.

    Your focus should be simply building out domains you know reach a particular end-user category, and that ALL YOUR INVESTMENT should be focused on reaching NON-DOMAINERS (end users).

    I dare any domainer to deny the truth of this, cuz I’m sick of reading the bullsh*t constantly discussed on the “inner circle” domain sites that don’t give you step-by-step assistance on how to make money with the domains you own, instead of laughing at you about them being ‘pigeon shit’.

    April 7th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Rod

    @Stephen

    How much that ring cost you?

    Or should I go and find the most beautiful woman in the world and ask her? :)

    April 7th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    BullS

    as my “BullS” said, all websites are full of bs…all about making money …

    April 7th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Lda

    > rob sequin
    >
    > Best thing is a direct advertiser.

    Hi Rob.

    An interesting point. Please expand on this.
    I’m sure all would appreciate your perspectives on
    direct advertisers and affiliate publishing.

    Cheers.

    April 7th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Stephen Douglas

    @Rod

    lol — you already know who the most beautiful woman in the world is for your eyeballs. If not, pay more attention! 😉

    April 8th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Rod

    @Stephen

    So you’re not going to tell us how much you got for your sites?

    You see I’m more into domains than into women – no pun intended :)

    April 8th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Stephen Douglas

    It was almost a decade ago, and from my memory, I think I didn’t sell my whole category to them, only about 20, and sold the others 7 or 8 separately. Total sales were a little over five figures, enough for a nice dinner and more… 😉

    April 13th, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Rod

    “Total sales were a little over five figures, enough for a nice dinner and more… ”

    All I can say “what a lucky Restaurant Owner” …. :)

    April 13th, 2012 at 7:29 am

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