So this was the other program I was testing out as I mentioned that I was going to start dabbling with more sales based affiliate programs. This one was actually different in some way compared to others for me as the company is pretty new yet at the same time I was familiar with its business model and offerings.
Way back when I was exposed to the direct sales industry I was interested in doing more research about it and bumped into this company called Cognigen. What caught my attention was that when you think direct sales you usually think of people who go to friends and family members to try and sell products or services face to face.
While that company was classified as one too with the primary service offering being long distance, to me it looked more like a web based affiliate program similar to others such as Commission Junction (I dislike that company personally but that is another post all together). They also offered people who signed up these self replicating websites which was essentially your own web site store and was pretty unique at the time (How time flies ).
As a person who was into web publishing and online marketing, I signed up to see what it was like since it was free. The funny thing was that I wasnâ€™t really taking it seriously at all and yet I was generating sales from sources such as people looking for services that the website offered.
I did actually make some small change money out of it as well, but despite that I still didnâ€™t take it too seriously as the support system and direction of the company didnâ€™t excite me enough I suppose compared to the other things that were happening in my life.
Fast forward to today and as it turns out the company has had a complete makeover with various acquisitions and is now operating under the name Commission River. By the looks of it, it seems like the company is definitely trying to market itself more as an affiliate program now. There sure are a lot of programs to market too such as phone and Internet services from established providers that Iâ€™m sure a lot of people already use too.
That was actually one of the reasons I thought it would be an interesting program too as at worst if you are already using one of the services offered on the site, then you can essentially get paid every month for services that you were going to use anyways when you think about it. You could also market it offline too if thatâ€™s your type of thing.
The main reason why I am blogging about this company first, as I am testing a few right now, is that this is the first entirely sales based affiliate program out of the group that I actually received a payment from. This was the envelope that arrived in my mail:
And here is the check that was in it for the amount of $91.01:
I looked at my stats as well and it seemed like the commission was generated fairly quickly as a result of a cell phone order that was sold. When I think about it, I actually made more than the widget bucks program already if you minus the $25 bonus that I received. I actually wanted to try out more things with this program, but like in the past the support system doesnâ€™t seem very responsive to certain questions from my experience. So, weâ€™ll see how it turns out. You can visit the Commission River Site and sign up if you want to try it out yourself.
I am going to create a new income label for these called â€œaffiliate salesâ€ to provide a comparison on what ends up being better as things progress. Updated results are as follows:
Stock Investment: $800
Web Publishing: $444.57
Million Dollar Term: $100
Affiliate Sales: $91.01