Is there any issues with using Spammy Affilates?

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-18
I recently signed up with Shareasale and was approved as a merchant.  I had several affiliates request to join, but their sites looked spammy.  Is there anything that should be worried about when adding such affiliates?  Is there SEO considerations?  Thanks.
Question by:jason94024
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    You can check if their websites have been blacklisted by entering their IP address in the following lookup tool:  Blacklist Check  In most cases, if an IP is blacklisted for email spam, it is most likely they are not an affiliate you want to have on board.

    You should always be keeping a close eye on your affiliate network and site metrics, regardless of who you accept as an affiliate because, honestly, you'll never know.  Having spam affiliates in your network isn't going to hurt per se, but if they start spamming with your products like crazy, your site COULD get blacklisted if an affiliate starts spamming in high quantity and you don't catch it right away.

    So in your case, do a thorough review of the sites in question wanting to join your program.  As well, keep put some safeguards in place so you can track site metrics and your affiliate program.  For example, abnormal spikes in traffic is a key indicator that an affiliate is spamming, so you want the safeguards in place to recognize and isolate the threat.


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    Good advice, thanks

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