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Does this company look promising?

Do you think it would be profitable to get involved with this company? If you don't already know, corporate lodging is providing house or apartment-sized living quarters for someone that is temporarily in an area.

www.monnone.com/david

Thanks,

Bob
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desertcitiesCommented:
Hi Bob,

I gather this is an affiliate program?  

I've been involved in travel reservation affiliate programs before and it's quite competitive.  While it's not exactly the same as the corporate lodging, there are some things to be aware of with any program.

1. Custom Integration into your website.  

Some travel affiliates work hard to integrate their code into your web pages so that it looks like your site.  If the affiliate just gives you plain links so customers end-up going to their site, I would think twice.  

2. How do they pay you and how often?  

Some travel affiliates pay you based on reservations completed and funds paid back by the agency/hotel.  The problem here is that you might end-up waiting for weeks to months to see your money.  I often get accounts 'pending' or 'cancelled' or for other reasons.  You really want an affiliate that provides lots of good timely information back to you so you can know clearly your commission.

3. Referrals.

Some travel affiliates will also pay you a commission based on referrals.  This is a good thing since you can probably drive lots of traffic to your travel site.  Most affiliates don't want to pay for referrals even though they are getting reservations sometimes from your traffic, but not through your site.  So ask if you get paid for referrals.

I hope some of this insight helps.

Good Luck!

Mark



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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the detailed response Mark. They actually want me to trade web design with them for a percentage of their future incomes.

Do you guys ever do that?
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desertcitiesCommented:
If that's the case, Bob, I would pass it up.  Most likely you won't see a dime for a long time.  

Mark
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
I think you're right.

What's an example instance where you would work for a percentage?
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desertcitiesCommented:
Well, first whatever the agreement, make sure you spell it out in some type of contract and be very clear of what both sides expect.  There are lots of contracts on the net you can adapt from, but if you have any lawyer friends run it by them too.  

I've worked for percentages for new singing artists.  Usually new and upcoming bands always need a savvy web person.  I've also worked for programmers who've made a great program and they need a website and SEO work.  Non-profit groups always need help too.  In any case, it can take a bit of sales work and hand-holding, but it can be worthwhile in the end.

For example, with a few singers I took $2.00 of each sale of their CD for 1 year.  They then asked me to do the packaging after I installed their shopping cart program and they gave me another $1.00 on top of the $2.00.  After they began to sell some CDs, I also charged them a maintenance fee each month.  It doesn't sound like much, but it all adds up.

For the programmers they too offered me a percent of any sale.  Often I found myself also getting involved in writing their technical manuals and other documentation for extra money.  It always seems one thing leads into another.  While programmers can certainly find ways to make their own sites, if you offer them a package deal outlining all that you can do for them, they just might love you and keep you on for a long time.

Surprisingly, with a few non-profit groups they plugged my name to their clients and I got lots of extra work.  So now I add a web page, or link with anchor text about my services, to each website I make and host.  

What really works nicely is when you offer them everything into a single package.  From setting-up their domain name, web hosting, site design and SEO and marketing work.  Give them one fee for everything and try to have a simple working contract in hand.  Assure them they own everything you create for them.  Give them ways to pay you too.  And then after you make their site, throw in a montly maintenance fee.  

Customers love to know a good person is in control over their site.  For some clients I actually answer their customer email too.  One company I have to answer about 200 emails a month and I'm the first line of customer service for them.  I have autoresponders and a ticket service to help me, but I originally was hired just to make their site.  And that was 6 years ago.  

I hope that helps some.  Just think of something and try it!  

Good Luck!

Mark
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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Cool. That gives me a better idea of what to do.

Great answers Mark!

Bob
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desertcitiesCommented:
Glad to help, Bob.

Thank you!

Mark
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